Meet Louisa Manning. She's a 22-year-old university student who has overcome an eating disorder after she was bullied at school.
Manning was constantly bullied about her weight, for being hairy and was nicknamed "manbeast".
She was recently asked out on date by a guy who used to be one of those bullies at her school, and her response is just perfect.
Manning said yes to the date, and arranged to meet the guy at a nearby restaurant. She then gave the below note, along with a picture of herself when she was 12, to the waiter to give to him when he arrived.
The note reads:
Hey [name obscured],
So sorry I can’t join you tonight.
Remember year 8, when I was fat and you made fun of my weight? No? I do — I spent the following three years eating less than an apple a day. So I’ve decided to skip dinner.
Remember the monobrow you mocked? The hairy legs you were disgusted by? Remember how every day for three years, you and your friends called me Manbeast? No perhaps you don’t — or you wouldn’t have seen how I look eight years later and deemed me f**kable enough to treat me like a human being.
I thought I’d send you this as a reminder. Next time you think of me, picture that girl in this photo, because she’s the one who just stood you up.
A couple of days after, Louisa received a response from the guy.
He said "Hey… For what it’s worth, I was actually here to meet up looking for a chance to meet up looking to make friends, not because you are very good looking. I guess I had it coming though, and certainly don’t blame you for standing me up."
"I can’t change who I was 8 years ago, and I won’t insult your intelligence by pretending that it didn’t happen, but I hope you believe me when I say I’m a completely different person now. I can only apologise and wish you the very best. I guess I won’t hear from you again but I mean it when I say that I hope you have every success you deserve."
Louisa said it's amazing that she got a reply from the guy, but said it's ten years too late.
"Really if he’d intended to apologise he should have done so when I bumped into him last weekend rather than asking me out for dinner first, but it’s still an apology and it’s still amazing I got one," she wrote on her Facebook page.