A nurse was told by a supermarket cashier that she could not be a nurse because of her colorful hair.
Mary Penney posted about the incident on social media, arguing that appearance played no role in her ability to care for patients, according to Daily Mail.
Penney wears rainbow-colored highlights in her blonde hair.
“While checking out, the cashier, looked at my name tag and said, ‘So what do you do there?’ I replied, ‘I’m a nurse’,” Penney wrote, according to Daily Mail. “She continued, ‘I’m surprised they let you work there like that. What do your patients think about your hair?’”
The cashier even asked another woman in line what her opinion of Penney’s hair was.
“The kind older lady said, ‘Nothing against you honey, it's just not for me’,” Mary added. “Then the cashier continued to comment that they didn't allow that sort of thing even when she worked fast food and that she was shocked that a nursing facility would allow that.”
Penney defended her appearance in the post, which has been shared more than 150,000 times.
“I can't recall a time that my hair color has prevented me from providing life saving treatment to one of my patients,” wrote Penney. “My tattoos have never kept them from holding my hand and as they lay frightened and crying because Alzheimer's has stolen their mind.”
“My multiple ear piercings have never interfered with me hearing them reminisce about their better days or listening to them as they express their last wishes. My tongue piercing has never kept me from speaking words of encouragement to a newly diagnosed patient or from comforting a family that is grieving.”
“So, please explain to me how my appearance, while being paired with my cheerful disposition, servant's heart, and smiling face, has made me unfit to provide nursing care and unable to do my job!” she added.
Her closing message won broad agreement.
“Your post really shows how we judge others by looks and not substance. I think you're beautiful inside and out! Thank you for sharing!” wrote one user.
Others praised Penney not only for her nursing abilities, but also as being a good mother.
“Mary, don't let anyone get you down you are a wonderful nurse, mother, and [an] incredible human being sounds to me like she was a little jealous keep on doing what you are doing,” wrote one user, according to Mirror.