It goes without saying, judging a book by its cover, is a sure way to missing out on a whole lot more inside the book. In the same way, it is wrong to judge someone just by their outward appearance.
Luc Perreault standing at 280lbs and traditionally dressing like a biker is pretty used to people making assumptions before they’ve even met him.
In July 2013, Luc walked into Tim Horton’s to grab a coffee. Whilst there, he encountered a woman and her young daughter. The little girl smiled at Luc and said hi.
“Hello,” he replied back with a smile. Instantly, the young girl’s mother grabbed her by the hand. Luc then heard her say “We don’t talk to dirty bikers” as the pair hurried off.
Luc was understandably taken aback by the incident. He couldn’t understand why the woman would decide he wasn’t fit to talk to her daughter simply because of his outward appearance.
Later that day, Luc took to Facebook to write a powerful message and his words quickly went viral.
“To the family in the red SUV at Tim Horton’s today,,
Yes I am a big 280 lbs guy with motorcycles and full of tattoos, I am a welder, I am loud, I drink beer, I swear and I look like I would eat your soul if you stare at me wrong.
What you don’t know is that I have been happily married for 11 years, my kids call me daddy, i am a college graduate, my mother is proud of me and tells everyone how lucky she is to have such a wonderful son, my nieces and nephews are always happy to see there m’noncl Luc.
When my daughter broke her arm I cried more than she did. I read books, i help people, I go out of my way to thank war veterans and I even cried at Armageddon…..
So next time I smile and say hi to your little girl and you grab her and tell her ” No no dear we don’t talk to dirty bikers” remember that even though you hurt my feelings this “dirty biker would be the first person to run into your burning house to save your little girls gold fish so she wouldn’t be sad!!!!”
The moral of the story is simple, do not judge someone or develop ideas about them until you’ve spoken to them and have actually gotten to know them well.
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