An outpouring of love and support for a worker at a Utah ice cream store who was made fun of by a customer for her weight.
Justine Elwood says she was scooping ice cream for the woman's children when the mother warned her kids, "don't eat too much or you'll end up looking like her".
"If you have too much ice cream, you're going to look like her", the woman told her kids, Elwood says.
Elwood said the experience at the Coldstone Creamery where she works in Layton, Utah was devastating, according to CNN. "And I don't think it's a good thing to teach your kids, but it happens, I guess". "I'm kind of used to it, which is awful, but it's just something that I kind of dealt with throughout my life", Elwood noted. It started as a very positive post but took a negative turn.
CNN reports that Justine's mother took a screenshot of the post and shared it to Facebook to show that it is not okay to shame people due to their weight.
It reads in part, "One of their female employees, Jessie?"
"Unfortunately, it wasn't something that I'm not used to", Elwood admitted. "Jennifer? J-something, is disgustingly obese, and each time we come in, although she does her job, and is very polite, instantly makes my appetite disappear". "I'm kind of used to it, which is frightful, but it's just something that I kind of dealt with throughout my life".
Justine was welcomed back to work with balloons, encouraging notes and praise on social media.
Additionally, a GoFundMe page was set up to help fund Elwood's dream of being a doctor: "This is a gofundme created for Justine McKail".