Two words and a smile:Thats the reaction Josie Ajak recently gave a racist customer, and its that same reaction that has been earning her an overwhelming level of support from people in her country.
Ajak, who lives in Australia, wrote in a Facebook post,
I have been inundated with so many beautiful messages from both friends and complete strangers that have left me feeling so blessed to be who I am. I never in a million years thought that the response would be so great and encourage you all to continue to spread this message.
I would like to thank every kind soul who has shown me love and support since I was the target of racial discrimination
It all started with an incident of blatant bias.
Earlier this month, a customer walked into the coffee shop Ajak manages and demanded to be served by a white woman. Ajak responded with those important two words: Thats fine.
Ajak told BuzzFeed News,
She moved aside, waiting for a white person. I told my staff that she is racist and that we wont be serving her, while I continued serving other customers with a smile.
Eventually, the customer left the shop, angry and unattended to. But if a Facebook post from one of Josies employees is any indication, they arentat all sad that they missed out on the customers business.
Jade Arevalo, one ofAjaks employees,wrote,
Josie is one of the most kind and friendly people you could meet but irrespective of her character, she did not deserve to be excluded like this.
Arevalos post has been flooded with hundreds of comments, while thousands more people have liked it.
So a lady wanted a coffee where beans are native to Africa & possibly grown by Africans to be served by a white person? #buyacoffeefromjosie
Thomas Parkes (@_thomasparkes) October 12, 2016
There even seems to have been a campaign of sorts that has flown under the banner of the hashtag #buyacoffeefromjosie. But Josie isnt keeping all the attention to herself. She has taken in the lightshes received and reflected it onto others.
To everybody who has ever been refused service because of their skin colour, this is for you. There is absolutely no room for racism anywhere in the world!
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