A Latina-owned business recently lost an order because the customer insisted on supporting the small business of a “fellow American.” Mariah’s Butterfly Bakery, located in Buckeye, Arizona, recently shared a text exchange in a story post on social media where the customer not only discriminates her for her ethnicity but canceled their order because of it.
“I see by your pictures that you are Mexican and nothing personal, but I can’t support you when there’s other hard-working Americans trying to make it here that I’d rather support,” reads part of the text message sent to the owner. The grace this business owner showed the customer has impressed just about everyone on social media.
Actress Jessica Marie Garcia, known for her role in Netflix’s On My Block, shared the bakery’s story on Twitter. The outpouring of support and love for the small business has been incredible. Fans have flooded the Twitter post with words of affirmation and anger that someone would be treated in such a way.
As a result, people are also putting their money where their mouth is — including other celebrities — and placing orders to support the business. Several people also have some righteous anger over what the customer had to say to the owner. Yet, the customer kept it calm and handled herself in an incredibly graceful manner.
“I think the one thing that is most important for something like that that has that anger or says something really hateful toward you for something that’s out of your control to still meet them with the grace and dignity then you would want,” Victoria Hernandez, the owner of Mariah’s Butterfly Bakery, told Arizona’s Family.
People are praising Hernandez for being so composed in her response to the customer, with many voicing that they don’t think they would’ve had the same reaction. Not that anyone would ever owe someone composure in a situation like this, but it’s incredible to see Hernandez receive the recognition for her civility and patience.
You can follow the bakery’s account and/or place orders on their Instagram here.