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Walmart Cashier Gives Manicure To Disabled Woman Who Was Turned Away From Nail Salon

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If you were to ask a room full of people if they liked to be pampered, very few people would say "no."

While we could always do it ourselves,  there's something special about letting someone else take over, so you can sit back and relax

Although some individuals may not like the final results made by their esthetician, others simply appreciate becoming all glammed up. But unfortunately, there are people and places that aren't accommodating to all their customers, leaving unwanted clientele heartbroken and embarrassed.

However, when one woman was refused service at a Burton, Michigan nail salon, one Walmart employee decided to brighten up her day.

"I didn’t want her day to be ruined."

Angela Peters, 36, a regular Walmart customer, has cerebral palsy, which causes her hands to shake. Due to the tremors, the unnamed salon said it would be too difficult to paint Peters' nails, leaving her dejected.

When Ebony Harris, 40, found out about the situation, she decided to forgo her break and spend that time giving Peters, who was at the superstore, a manicure instead.

The pair picked out a glittery blue polish, and sat down outside the Subway in the Walmart, where Harris got to work.

Ebony Harris painting Angela Harris' nails
Ebony Harris painting Angela Harris' nailsWJRT

"I knew her from her coming in here shopping," Harris told ABC News. "I’ve helped her shop a couple of times. I just wanted to do her nails and I didn’t want her day to be ruined."

Harris added that while Peters apologized to her about her hand's trembling, she was shaking herself, as she didn't want to "mess her nails up."

Subway employee Tasia Smith snapped a picture of Harris' kind interaction and posted it on Facebook. She said the kind gesture brought her to tears.

"I just wanted to post it for awareness and appreciation because people needed to know what was going on with the business and Ebony deserved all the appreciation she could get," Smith said.

Angela Peters, Ebony Harris and Tasia
Angela Peters, Ebony Harris and Tasia SmithWNEM

"Her service to customers defines the spirit of Walmart."

While Harris received applause on social media for her good deed, her employer, Walmart also took notice and said they're "not surprised at her act of kindness."

"Ebony simply wanted to make sure our customer’s day was special, and that’s the kind of person she is -- someone with a wonderful attitude who goes the extra mile each day to make those around her feel important. We're not surprised at her act of kindness. Her service to customers defines the spirit of Walmart, and we couldn’t be more proud,” the company said in a statement to ABC News.

Angela Peters' painted nails
Angela Peters' glittery blue nailsWJRT

"I forgive the nail people for not doing my nails."

Peters said that she isn't harboring any bitterness towards the salon who refused to take her on as a client, and hoped her story would inspire the public to "treat people with disabilities in the same way they would like to be treated."

"I forgive the nail people for not doing my nails," Peters told ABC News in a statement. "When people do us wrong we must forgive, if not we harbor bitterness. I don't want anyone fired, I just [want to] educate people that people with different challenges like being in a wheelchair, we can have our own business and get our nails done like anyone else."

"We want people to look at the positive side of the story, that there are a lot of good people out here," she continued.

Angela Peters
Angela PetersWJRT

"We're not trying to bash the nail salon, we're not trying to make them lose customers, make them look bad," Harris added, echoing Peters' sentiments.

"But maybe, spread awareness that no matter the person, who they are, what color they are, disability, whatever, they're people too. She's a girly girl. She's just like you, me, Tasia, my daughter, anybody. She wants to look pretty, you know, and so why can't she?"

Angela Peters and Ebony Harris
Angela Peters and Ebony HarrisAngela Peters

We should all follow Harris' lead and perform our own acts of kindness. In the comments, tell us a time someone has been thoughtful towards you!

[H/T: ABC, WDJB 13]

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