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“The Bullies Did Me a Favour” – Woman Cruelly Bullied for Her Appearance Gets the Last Laugh

By | Food for thought, inspiring, mental health, Motivation, purpose, self-development, stories, uplifting news

At age 12, Jade Colcombe, a girl from Tonypandy, Wales, was cruelly bullied by her classmates who teased her – and sometimes threatened her – every single day.

As her peers spent their time in class, making friends and hitting the books, Jade’s life was a living hell. Little did she know that the tables would turn.

Torment 101

She was taunted and harassed by her fellow classmates and would be told she looked like a man and was made fun of for her ‘tomboy’ fashion. She recalled to the Daily Mail that it would start right from the opening bell.

”I’d walk into the room and the ‘popular’ gang would sit and snigger just because I didn’t have expensive clothes or wear make-up,” she said.

I was called ‘buck-tooth’, because of my teeth, ‘Dalmatian’, because of my beauty spots and ‘man’ because the hair on my arm was dark and noticeable.

– Jade Colcombe

“There have been times where I just felt like breaking down and crying.”

Desperate, she’d skip school and fake illness to avoid the torment. However, when it was clear it wouldn’t stop, the straight-A student quit school for a different one.

Sadly, the torment continued at her new school, with kids teasing her clothes and calling her ugly. For Colcombe, that was rock bottom.

“At my lowest point, I refused to talk to anyone because I feared that they would just laugh at me,” she admitted.

She found a new stage

Ironically, her family and friends urged Colcombe to enter the ‘Miss Radiant Photogenic UK’ pageant to help her build up her confidence and prove her haters wrong. With nothing to lose, she entered and, amazingly, won. Just like that, a switch was flipped and a queen was born.

Shortly after, Colcombe won the Miss Supermodel Great Britain title at Dream Street’s Miss United Kingdom pageant.

With that, the quiet girl had found her voice.

“For the first time at Miss UK, I actually spoke in front of an audience without getting upset or really nervous about it.”

Colcombe says that she has one special thank you for her success.

“To be honest, the bullies did me a favor.”

And now that I am entering national pageants all over the UK, I really feel like I’ve beat those bullies and proved them wrong.

– Jade Colcombe

Lean into your greatness

Next up for Colcombe: climbing 19,341-foot Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Noah’s Ark – a children’s hospital in Wales. The cause holds a special place in her heart: Her little sister Lexi, who has an incurable form of epilepsy, was saved by doctors at the hospital after suffering several seizures.

While climbing the world’s highest free-standing mountain is a tall task, Colcombe says that she’s already conquered the worst.

I beat my bullies, so with the support of my family, beating Kilimanjaro should be no problem.

– Jade Colcombe

No one should go through what Colcombe did. Sometimes children can be really cruel. However, past that struggle is the giant inside you. With help from family and friends, one timid girl tapped into a force stronger than any taunts or teases, and now she’s unstoppable.

Whether it’s your skin color, weight, or age, don’t let anyone make you feel less than the force of nature you are.

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Look beyond appearances

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https://www.goalcast.com/woman-cruelly-bullied-for-looking-like-a-man-gets-the-last-laugh/

Pre-K Sweethearts Get a Second Chance at Love When They Unknowingly Find Each Other on Dating App

By | dating, Food for thought, love stories, marriage, stories, uplifting news

When Amy Giberson and Justin Pounders were in pre-kindergarten in St. Petersburg, Florida, they’d play tag and build blocks together. They say that a “shy” romance developed when they were 3 years old, but they attended different schools growing up and drifted apart.

Then 30 years later, the two matched on an online dating site.

Fate had other plans

Justin said he felt an instant connection to Amy when he first saw her profile on the dating site.

“I saw her photo and for whatever reason, was instantly drawn to her,” he told People in a 2015 story. “She just had this great energy, you could tell. I can’t explain it, but I knew I had to get to know this girl.”

The couple went on their first date to a restaurant and sparks flew.

“Of course, at that point, we still didn’t know we had been pre-K sweethearts, but when we met up and we hugged, it was like I had known him my whole life,” Giberson said.

“When I first saw him, I felt that I was staring at the man I was going to marry.”

Amy Giberson

They didn’t realize they knew each other

A year into dating, Justin joked that he had a crush on a girl in preschool named Amy.

Then, Amy joked back, “Well, it’s not me, so I don’t want to hear about her!”

But it wasn’t a joke. The two had actually been in the same pre-kindergarten class and their parents dug up the photos to prove it.

“Justin’s mom found a photo of the two of us together and I just started crying, I was ecstatic,” Amy told People. “I was the Amy he had liked all those years ago! It was definitely meant to be.”

A dream love story

Shortly after the improbable modern love story came out online, the couple appeared on The View and Justin recruited kids at their former pre-school to pop the question for him.

In unison, the toddlers said, “Amy, will you marry me?”

She said yes, of course.

“I truly feel it was fate!” Amy told People in a 2016 story. “Our hearts met at the age of 3 and we had our own journeys to go through for 30 years, but ultimately our hearts were meant to love each other.

“Everyone wants a dream love story, and somehow it happened to us!”

Amy Giberson

Grateful for her love story, Giberson had a message for others looking for their match.

“Always keep your heart open to love, because you never know when you’ll find it,” she said.

Love will find a way

Sometimes even the best romances don’t work out because their lives are on different trajectories. And that’s what nearly happened in this story. But incredibly, they found each other again, proving that love will always find a way if it’s meant to be.

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True love always finds a way

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Brontë

https://www.goalcast.com/childhood-sweethearts-reunite-after-30-years-dating-app/

Police Posts Man Who Allegedly Stole Diapers on Facebook – Their Efforts Backfire With Unexpected Response

By | Food for thought, stories, uplifting news

He allegedly stole diapers and wipes for his kids

The Winter Haven Police Department in Florida posted on Facebook to ask the public for help identifying an alleged criminal, as they usually do.

But this particular post pissed off many of those who saw it.

“So when your card is declined and you try another one with the same result, that is NOT license to just walk out with the items anyway,” police wrote on Facebook on Sept. 18, according to The Washington Post.

The Facebook post also featured a photo of the man carrying a couple of bags of diapers and some wipes. With him were two children, but their faces were covered with a smiley face emoji.

“The guy pictured below (poor little kids had no idea) went to Walmart…and selected items ultimately heading for the checkout lanes,” the post continued.

Police went on to explain how the man tried to pay for the diapers and wipes, but his credit cards were declined. He then left the store, before returning without the kids.

“He comes back in with a different card. That card was also declined several times. BUT… he decides to take the items anyway. He was seen entering a white SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer. Anyone recognize him?”

Strangers offered to pay for the diapers

The post immediately sparked disappointment in the fact that the police were searching for someone about such a harmless crime.

“Doubt I will get a response, but I will pay for these items as long as you leave this man alone,” wrote 16-year-old Elizabeth Fiedler, according to The Post.

Fiedler’s post received more than 4,000 likes and other comments poured in from across America and even other countries.

“I’m very supportive of police in general, but this is just cold and heartless,” wrote a man from Jacksonville.

“I am so disappointed in this post. I’ll pay for his diapers. I’m not saying it was right but seriously. I’m sorry guy for the embarrassment and sorry for the person who felt the need to post this,” another wrote.

Fiedler explained to The Post that she wrote the comment because lower-income people have been some of the worst-hit people by the pandemic.

“No one wants to be poor,” she said.

“No one should ever feel the need to steal out of necessity in one of the world’s richest countries.”

Elizabeth Fiedler

People wondered why this man was targeted

Following the backlash, Winter Haven Police Department responded.

“Many people are upset with the police department [but] Walmart is the victim and they asked us to file the report and they want to press charges,” their press relations officer wrote, according to The Post. “We are obligated to move forward.”

“When this occurs and we don’t have a suspect name, we utilize social media to seek out the public’s help,” the department added. “This has always been a very good tool in identifying those who commit crimes. This case is no different.”

But people disagreed with that, too.

“The world we live in is hard,” said Brooke Brennan, who offered to pay the man’s Walmart bill. “I can’t fix the world, but I can show compassion to those having a tougher time than myself.”

“My first reaction to the photos was not that the man pictured was a thief [but] rather a father facing an impossible decision to either break the law or not have basic necessities for his kids,” she added.

“I don’t disagree that he broke the law,” said Marshall Welch. “What I disagree with was out of all the cases they get from Walmart, why did they choose to blast a father trying to provide for his children after many attempts to pay for the items?”

The man wasn’t charged

Walmart did not comment or release a statement, but when the man was finally identified, the retail giant decided to not press charges.

“We made contact with the man and explained to him that Walmart is not going to press charges,” said the PR person for the police department. “We also provided a host of local organizations that are available to help.”

“We let him know of the many people wanting to help him and his family,” she added.

At least one person was happy that the man wasn’t charged with theft.

“As a parent, I sympathized with the gentleman because there is no greater hurt than needing something for your child and not having the ability to obtain it,” said Crystal Maddox, according to The Post. “In a time when things are already difficult for the family, piling on criminal charges would surely make matters worse.”

“Prayers were answered for the fact that they declined to prosecute,” she added. “I’m very grateful for that.”

People don’t need to be reminded that stealing is wrong

Sorry, but Walmart, a multinational company worth billions and billions of dollars, isn’t the victim here. This man, who just needed some diapers for his kids, is.

People were understandably furious that this man was treated the same as a violent criminal with that Facebook post. Fortunately, thanks to strangers for speaking up, he didn’t end up having to pay any larger price.

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https://www.goalcast.com/police-facebook-post-of-man-who-allegedly-stole-diapers/

Brave Bus Driver Selflessly Acts On Instinct – Ends Up Being Celebrated As a Hero

By | everyday heroes, Food for thought, hero, stories, uplifting news

Bus driver Renita Smith is being hailed as a hero when she helped 20 students escape an inferno that engulfed the bus.

Her courage was lauded by the neighbour’s who witnessed the incident as well as everyone who read about her bravery.

‘Mommy mode’ engaged

Smith says she’d just made her third or fourth stop on her route when the bus started to smoke and the lights on the dash started to flash.

She prepared to call for backup, but then looked in the rearview mirror — flames were coming from the back of the bus.

“I put the mic back down, undid my seatbelt, jumped up, got my babies, and got off,” she told ABC News in a 2016 story. “Once we got off, neighbors kicked right into ‘Mommy mode,’ as I call it, and helped the kids get to a safe haven. When that was going on, I ran back onto the bus to make sure there was no children on the bus.

“By the time I got to the last step on the bus, it just went up in smoke.”

Renita Smith

Neighbors witnessed the driver’s bravery

Fazlul Kabir saw the plumes of black smoke from the bus first-hand and said he and other neighbors were astonished at what Smith did to help the kids.

“The bus was completely destroyed by the fire,” Kabir told ABC News. “Without [Smith], the school children couldn’t be actually saved. … She went inside for the very last time. She went inside and checked each seat to see if any of the students were left there. … It’s a fairly long bus actually. It’s not a small bus. She checked if everyone was out and nobody was inside. … She’s brave.”

Duty not just as a driver, but as a human

Lisa Maitland, a student on the bus said she had no idea about the fire until someone yelled, “Fire!”

“When I was smelling the smoke, it smelled like a rubber kind of gas,” she told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV. “I felt scared. I was about to cry but my brother did instead, so I helped him.”

Fortunately, no one was hurt in the blaze, which police said may have started “near one of the rear wheels.”

For Smith, making sure the kids were okay is something anyone in her position would do — or at least they should.

“When I’m driving them, you’re my children until I drop you off to your biological parents. I have to handle each child with care, as a mommy would her own, so that’s what I did,” she said.

“That’s what I hope any human being would do for any child.”

Renita Smith

The power of Mommy Mode

When danger confronts us, it can be extremely hard to know how to react — and certainly running into a burning anything isn’t everyone’s first instinct. But remarkably, that’s what this bus driver did. She allowed her maternal instincts to trump any fear she might have been feeling, and thanks to her, all the kids were safe, proving how powerful “mommy mode” really is.

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https://www.goalcast.com/bus-driver-acts-fast-and-saves-20-children-from-deadly-inferno/

Homeless Man’s Unconventional Friendship With Actor Colin Farrell Completely Changes His Life

By | Food for thought, Inspiring Celebrities, stories, uplifting news

In Hollywood, there is a common misconception that celebrities are arrogant and self-centered. However, that’s not completely true. Sometimes celebrities can surprise us by committing acts of kindness that can drastically change a person’s life.

This is one such story of actor Colin Farrell who did something not many people would do – he treated a homeless man with respect, proving the power of compassion.

Colin Farrell treated the man like a friend

Colin Farrell was at the Toronto International Music Festival in 2007 when he encountered a houseless man named David on the curb of a local restaurant.

Instead of ignoring the man, Farrell asked the man for a cigarette and sat down to chat.

“Him reaching out [to] me through the years of my journey somehow gave me a good lift of hope.”

David

“I didn’t know who he was,” said David in a 2012 Global News report. “I just thought he was a regular human being.”

As the two were chatting like longtime buddies, Farrell passed David a book called The Voice of God by the Persian poet Hafiz and a wad of cash for a new wardrobe. He also said he’d pay for a nice place to stay for a year and promised to check up on David via text.

The homeless man bounced back thanks to Farrell

Five years later, David is back on his feet and no longer homeless and he credits Farrell for helping him get there.

“He’s a down-to-earth guy. He’s willing to help you out. If you show respect it goes a long way,” David told the news camera. “I haven’t been homeless now in 5 years and that’s a blessing.”

David explained that his key to staying off the curb is to watch his boundaries.

“I’ve changed in so many different ways. Mainly more stable, more calm.”

David

“People, places and things. And staying around healthy people that are more positive, not negative, is key.”

David finished the interview by giving praise to the man who helped him.

“He’s a very kind person Colin, he’s very considerate,” he said.

Treat those who are struggling with respect

Beyond being a testament to Farrell’s character, this story proves how important it is to show respect and care to those that are struggling around us. We might not be able to hand a homeless person a wad of cash and money for an apartment, but we can treat them like a friend.

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https://www.goalcast.com/colin-farrell-changed-homeless-man-life/

Perceptive Mail Carrier Trusts Instinct And Stops To Check On Resident – Ends Up Saving A Life

By | Food for thought, friendship, helping others, stories, uplifting news

When US Postal Service worker Lisa Sweeney was delivering on the same route she’d covered for 13 years, she noticed mail piling up in front of Marie Boyer’s door. Immediately, she knew something was wrong.

A living nightmare

Marie Boyer lay on the ground in her Staten Island home, helpless and dehydrated for four days. As she swung in and out of consciousness, the 87-year-old desperately tried to get up, but couldn’t. Her only hope was to call for help.

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USPS worker followed her gut

“There were no windows open and I kept calling out, telling someone to call 911, but nobody could hear me,” Boyer told CBS New York in a 2017 story. “I remember thinking to myself, I didn’t wanna die that way.”

Luckily, Lisa Sweeney was passing by Boyer’s house when something in her gut told her to check on the person living there.

“I decided I should call 911. I mean, I didn’t know, but my heart told me she was inside,” Sweeney told CBS New York.

Sweeney anxiously watched as authorities busted open Boyer’s door.

“They came out and told me she was alive. I started crying,” Sweeney said.

They became good friends

Boyer went on to recover and move into a retirement home — but she didn’t stop seeing Sweeney. The two would meet twice weekly to catch up and even to celebrate events like Boyer’s birthday.

“I enjoy every minute talking to her, hearing stories, she’s just a blessing to me,” Lisa Sweeney told CBS.

“If it hadn’t been for her, I wouldn’t be here talking to you.”

Marie Boyer

When asked if she had something to say to Sweeney for doing this, Boyer said she wanted “to thank her for being in my life.”

How can we help?

This isn’t the first time a postal worker has gone out of their way to help an elderly member of their community — and it won’t be the last.

But postal worker or not, we all have a role to play in making our communities safer. If we’re not calling the police when someone is in danger, maybe we’re chatting with an elderly neighbor to make them feel less lonely. Maybe we’re offering to help someone lift a heavy box up the stairs. Or maybe we’re simply saying an enthusiastic “hello!” to brighten someone’s day.

Whatever it is, we all should be looking up and around at others to see how we might be able to help.

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Be The Hero In Someone’s Life

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https://www.goalcast.com/perceptive-mail-carrier-trusts-instinct-saves-residents-life/

Photographer Humiliates Man Who Was Dancing – His Bullying Attempt Backfires

By | Food for thought, Motivation, stories, uplifitng news, uplifting news

In today’s world, anyone can be a bully. The psychology of bullying shows that while people thrive on making others feel bad about themselves, the reality is that they are projecting their own insecurities on others. In the era of social media, it’s easier for bullies to target their victims when everything and everyone is so accessible.

However, one photographer’s attempt at bullying backfired when strangers on the Internet rallied against his actions.

Shamed just for dancing and having fun

Imagine going out to dance and enjoy your night only to be shamed for it by a complete stranger. That’s what happened to Sean who was simply enjoying a fun night out when someone decided to humiliate him by taking a picture.

The photographer then posted that photo online and used the ugly caption: “Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.”

Mean begets mean, and after the horrible post went online, the social media bullying began to a terrible degree. The post went viral, but in the process, other responses began as well – this time, of friendship, love, and compassion.

The Internet took matters into its own hands

An Internet wide search was conducted, and eventually with the power of Twitter, they found the “Dancing Man,” whose real name is Sean. A group of 1,727 ladies from California decided to throw him his own dance party and captioned the event “Can’t bring me down.” A fundraising page was set up for this campaign and raised $33,000.

When Sean logged into his account online, he was overwhelmed by the kind responses, proving that as vicious as social media can be, it can also be a place of refuge.

Even celebrities like Pharrell Williams, Ellie Goulding, and Cher Lloyd have showed their support and offered encouraging words to Sean.

Stand up for others

Sean’s experience with cyber-bullying that fortunately had a positive, heartwarming result. However, not all stories can have such a happy ending. It’s important to always stand up for those who can’t defend themselves. A little positive encouragement can instill a lot of confidence is someone, proving that love always wins over hate.

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https://www.goalcast.com/photographer-ruthlessly-shames-man-for-dancing-strangers-rally-with-unexpected-surprise/

Landlord Shocks Long-Time Tenant With $2,500 Check – For The Best Reason

By | everyday hero, Food for thought, stories, uplifting news

Across the US and in many wealthy countries including Canada and New Zealand, real estate prices have skyrocketed during the pandemic. And while high prices have prohibited many from buying a home, those who’ve sold during this period have often raked in double or triple what they paid, even if they’d owned for just five to 10 years.

But while many walk away with heaps of cash, profiting off a system that leaves some rich and others struggling or houseless, one landlord decided to buck the trend.

Landlord sends check as a ‘share’ after home sale

In a Facebook post, Chris Robarge wrote that his old landlord contacted him out of the blue to get his new address. He was confused as to why the landlord from a place he stayed at after his divorce would send him something, until he opened the letter.

In it, there was a check for $2,500 and a note that explained what the money was for.

“I recently sold the house and the rent you paid each month contributed to paying off the mortgage,” the letter said. “I firmly believe the capitalist tradition of retaining money after the sale of a property is exploitative and antithetical to society. I wanted to return to you the portion of the rent you paid.”

The note further explained how the kind landlord calculated his expenses and reached the sum for each tenant.

“While the mortgage principal, especially in the first years of a mortgage, is a small fraction of those overall expenses, I wanted to return to you the portion of the rent you paid,” the landlord wrote.

It was a great house and I’m glad that I was able to share it with you. 

Paying it forward

The gesture left Robarge in shock.

“I have been sitting with this for more than a day and I am still completely beyond an actual way to describe what this act means to me,” he wrote on Facebook.

Since receiving the letter, he decided he’s not going to keep the money, but instead will pass it on to various organizations including Black and Pink Massachusetts, Worcester Free Fridge, OurStory Edutainment and to people in the street who need it.

“All that I can say is that there are people who talk about their values and there are people who actually live them, and the reason I wanted to share this is that I want to encourage us all to actually live our values. Do it off the clock, do it when no one is watching, do it always.”

If you can’t do what my former landlord did, let this inspire you to give whatever you can spare to someone or someplace that needs it.

Chris Robarge

Do something different

The commodification of housing is a train that’s long left the station and seemingly impossible to stop or even slow down. Sure, rising prices allow many to save for retirement, but others are left without a house to call their own.

However, this homeowner decided to say to hell with all that and offer some support to renters. Yes, what he gave isn’t much, but it was a meaningful gesture and seems to have started a pay it forward chain that will keep going and going. Hopefully, other landlords will take note.

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https://www.goalcast.com/2021/09/01/landlord-shocks-long-time-tenant-with-2500-check-for-the-best-reason/

Gay Son Comes Out To Close-Minded Dad, Gets Shocked For All The Right Reasons

By | Acceptance, family, Food for thought, inspiring, parents, stories, uplifting news

Out in the open

To many of Levi Miles’ friends at the University of Wisconsin, it was an open secret that he was gay. However, he never told the world.

In a piece he penned in the Huff Post, Miles says that the positive response following him officially coming out on Facebook was heartwarming.

However, visiting home, Miles was very concerned with his father’s reaction. While his mother had known Miles’ secret for two years, he wrote that “coming out to my father terrified me beyond all other things,” fearing that he’d disown him.

One day his father left the house, and Miles’s mother told him “Your father saw your Facebook status when I left my Facebook up. The cat’s out of the bag.”

When Miles asked her for his reaction, the response was heartbreaking.

“She said that he wasn’t too happy about it, mostly disappointed and kind of hurt, from what I gathered,” wrote Miles.

“He’d even had the gall to say that if I weren’t in theatrE, I wouldn’t have ended up gay, because it wouldn’t have seemed so normal.”

– Levi Miles

“My dad has never been open-minded on the topic of homosexuality, and I know that he was praying that I wouldn’t be gay.”

Things left unsaid

When his dad returned, neither brought up the topic.

Miles admitted that “I didn’t want to talk about my sexuality with my father any more than he wanted to talk about it with me, which was good.”

With the tense weekend over, Miles hugged his parents goodbye as he hopped on the train back to Milwaukee.

A few hours later, his mother texted him.

“Your dad has funny ways of showing he loves you. Look in your backpack.”

– Levi Mile’s mother

Inside, between two notebooks, was a picture of a young Miles and his father, smiling.

On the back was a note that wrote “I will always love you, no matter what.”

Love overcomes

As hurtful and ignorant his ‘disappointment’ was to Levi, credit to his father for reflecting and realizing that Levi is his son and ultimately deciding to love him for who he is. While he didn’t do it with some moving speech, he expressed it in his own way —just like his Levi expresses who he is.

Above all, hat’s off to young Levi for sharing this story, and reminding us all that even the seemingly coldest and closed hearts and minds can thaw with love.

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https://www.goalcast.com/2021/08/27/levi-miles-son-comes-out-close-minded-dad/

Gay Man’s Gut Feeling Saves Woman From Potentially Sketchy Date

By | dating, Food for thought, helping others, stories, strangers doing good, toxic relationships, uplifting news

Strangers looking out for strangers.

A guardian angel

Earlier this month, Twitter user @Hadia__S was out on a coffee date when a gay man sitting behind her passed her a note.

In a now-viral post, the woman shared a photo of the note, which was given to her while her date was in the bathroom.

“I had coffee with a guy yesterday. When he went to the bathroom, the gay guy sitting behind me passed me this note,” she wrote.

“Too many red flags. Run. Be safe girl.”

She saw red flags, too

The woman went on that the date was indeed filled with red flags. One bad sign was “not seeing eye to eye” on the situation when rapper Da Baby expressed homophobic views to a live audience. Another was the date’s admiration for Kevin Samuels, who has been called a “pseudo-love guru” who “exploits the vulnerability of Black women.”

“Ok, I’ll share more..while trying to remain as vague as possible. But we did not see eye to eye on the Da Baby situation and he’s a Kevin Samuels fan. I had to look him up and was immediately taken aback lmao,” she wrote.

“I recognized the red flags, but I wasn’t in danger, so I stayed, because of course I had to debate him. I’m sure my guardian angel was exhausted and was like “BITCH, LEAVE!””

Thankful that someone was watching her back

The Twitter user added that despite seeing the red flags herself, she appreciated the note from the stranger and it gave her a good laugh.

She also addressed questions in the comments asking whether there’d be a second date — the answer was no.

“There were a few other GLARING red flags that I won’t mention, but don’t worry, I would have recognized them with or without the note. But the note was greatly appreciated and added some laughs to my night. There won’t be a second date,” she wrote.

Listen to gay men

In the comments, user @endlessblissx pointed out how gay men are always looking out for women.

“Did you listen? cause if anyone knows men better, it’s GAY MEN.”

Others shared that men who date men are excellent authorities on the subject and should be listened to.

“I’m just saying if a man who dates men, tells me to run tuh I’m hitting the JETS,” wrote @misseverywhereg

“Men who date men know men.. you might wanna listen girl, ijs,” wrote @thatdamnbrook

Look out for each other

When we’re meeting someone for the first time, especially on a date, it can be tough to glean who they truly are. Sometimes, we miss telltale signs that show the person might not be as great as they seem.

Figuring these red flags out early on can save us a lot of anguish down the line, but it’s not always easy to recognize them. That’s why if we see red flags anywhere, whether it’s a stranger or a friend, it’s a kind thing to gently let them know. We all have to look out for each other in this complex world.

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https://www.goalcast.com/2021/08/27/gay-man-slips-woman-date-note-red-flags/