The woman tried to stop her tears from falling, but she could no longer take it. This was just too much. She tried to keep her cool and looked in the opposite direction instead. All of a sudden, she heard a different person intervene. Not once did she expect that a stranger was going to join in on what was happening. At first, she felt a little apprehensive. Hasn’t she been through enough already? When the truth dawned on her, she was even more astonished!
A Woman Called Savannah Phillips
If you ask Savannah Phillips, she will tell you that she is a passionate person. She made sure to do her best when it comes to motherhood and her career. Despite this and all the hard work she put into her life, there was always a voice at the back of her mind that told her she was not good enough.
How Was She To Predict?
Whenever the opportunity came about and she needed to fly, she tried to pick a seat in an empty row. Sadly, on this particular day, the plane in question was already full! She started to feel nervous about this trip. Even though she had her reservations, there was no way to predict what was going to happen to her.
Her Low Self-Esteem
For the majority of her life, Savannah struggled with her weight. It was not easy to be on the receiving end of so many hateful comments. Even though some of them meant well, it did not improve the state of her self-esteem. The sad truth is that the United States of America has been dealing with an obesity problem for quite some time now. This does not mean that body-shaming is the way to go, however. As a matter of fact, it usually just makes the situation worse. Savanna knew just how true this was.
Her Fear Of Flying
Savannah was not flying for pleasure but out of necessity. She had a lot of business trips and had no other choice. While she disliked the feeling of cramped cabins, there was not much she could do but endure it. Most of the time, she could get around this issue by booking empty rows. This made her feel more comfortable and less claustrophobic on the flights. Sadly, it is not always possible.
It Was Packed
When she booked the ticket, she found out that the plane was already full. Savannah decided to try her luck once more on the date of the flight. She went to the check-in gate and asked if someone canceled. The person at the counter shook her head, which meant that there was no spare seat available. She knew that this was not going to be a pleasant flight.
Savannah’s experience with packed planes was not always so good. She always tried to negotiate with the check-in assistants and usually she was able to get her way. But today, the woman at the check-in counter that was assisting her said that it was impossible to do so due to the number of passengers that were on the flight. after trying to reason with the airline personnel, she was just told that it was impossible. There was no way around it since the plane was at full capacity.
Boarding The Plane
As she walked to the boarding gate, she watched all the other passengers at the airport. She could feel that everyone was looking at her. She did not appreciate the stares and could feel anxiety consume her body. Staring at her feet, she told herself, “It’ll all be over soon.” Sadly, she had a hard time shaking the terrible feeling in her stomach. Her gut was telling her that something bad was going to happen.
It Was Not Easy
Soon enough, it was time to board the plane. She saw the jam-packed cabin and could not help but feel a pang of fear. She tried to calm herself as she made her way to her seat. She was assigned to a window seat and saw that the aisle seat was already taken. After seeing her in the aisle, the man got up so that she could take her seat. He made sure to sigh loudly after this as if to show her that she was not happy.
Eyes On Her
He was an elderly man sporting bright sunglasses. It was clear that he was not a fan of overweight people. As a matter of fact, that might just be the understatement of the year! He was determined to let Savannah know exactly how he felt. He started to type a message on his phone, which is not normally an issue.
The problem here is that he decided to set the font size to the biggest possible option and made the screen as bright as it could go! He wanted to let Savannah know exactly how he felt about her and their current situation, he was insistent on making the message very clear. But he soon found out that she was not the only person who witnessed this cruel little act of his.
The Rude Man
As a helpful person, she asked him what was going on when she saw that he was angling his phone in her direction. He only told her that he needed to see the screen better. This was a lie as he continued to put the last touches on the message. Once she saw what he typed on her phone, she was shocked.
It was bad enough that he was talking badly about her, but he had the guts to show it to her as well! She looked away from him and stared at the window. Even though she was very upset, she tried not to cry. Little did she know the man that was sitting behind her had quite clearly witnessed the entire saga…
He Was A Bully
The moment that she saw his screen, she figured out why he toggled his phone settings. He wanted her to see the message that he typed out. It was clear that he wanted to voice his opinions and let her know all about them. To Savannah, it felt like she was dealing with her bullies from high school once again. The phone screen read, “Sitting next to a smelly fatty.” It was too much for her, but it turned out that this was not the end of it just yet.
Coming To Her Rescue
All of a sudden, the elderly man felt a strong tap on the shoulder. When he turned around, someone told him, “I need to speak to you. NOW.” Surprised, he got up and followed the other man down the aisle. The man in question is Chase Irwin. He told the old man, “We’re switching seats NOW.” Surprised by the confrontation, the man agreed. After the switch, Chase started to talk to Savannah.
Her Very Own Hero
Chase struck up a conversation with Savannah. Words were not enough to express her gratitude to him. However, the only thing that she found out about him was his name and profession. She also learned that he was a parent. Upon their arrival, she wanted to share the story with the rest of the world. Sadly, she could not find him on social media. She instead wrote a Facebook post in the hopes of finding him!
Her Facebook Post
Savannah’s post began; “I am only sharing this story of what happened to me today in hopes that the person who stuck up for me will somehow be recognized…” she explained. “We sat on the runway waiting for the OK to take off for about 10 minutes – I sat there unable to stop silently crying. As she wrote the post, she had a hard time, it was as if she was reliving it all over again.
This Has To End!
But that was not the end, she continued to say, “I was scrunching myself up against the wall as far as I could,” she went on, “…The guy next to me takes out his headphones. Someone behind us says, “We are switching seats. Now.” The guy next to me said, “OK- why?” And I hear someone say (removing curse words), “You are texting about her, and I’m not putting up with that.”
It Went Viral
She was shocked to see how many comments, shares, and likes the post received. A lot of users left encouraging comments and told her that she was fine the ways she was. They hoped that she was not going to let the actions of the rude man affect her! People did not forget to praise Chase for what he did. If you ask us, a good deed should always be acknowledged and applauded!
They Found Him
With the power of Facebook, it did not take long before netizens figured out the identity of the man. They found Chase Irwin on the website of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey bar and restaurant in Nashville. He was the manager at the restaurant! Once the story got out, people started to flood the page with praise and well-wishes for the hero. Aside from the general public, the media also got wind of this story!
He Was Infuriated
When he was interviewed by NewsChannel 5, Chase said that he did not intervene for clout. Something just snapped inside of him when he saw what the old man was doing to her. “I was going to wait until the end of the flight to say something but I could not have this guy sit next to her this whole flight and her thinking he’s making fun of her,” he shared. He went on, “It really gets to me deep down when I see someone crying, and when I saw her crying it really hit me hard and I actually got sick to my stomach.”
A World Of Difference
It was a good thing that Chase had been keeping an eye on the situation from the get-go. Right away, he could feel that something was going to go down. He noticed that the old man was very rude to Savannah from the onset. After seeing the text, there was no way that Chase was going to let it go. At the time, he had no idea that his act of kindness was going to make a world of difference.
He Could Not Believe It
“Hey babe, sitting next to a smelly fatty. She’s overflowing over my armrest. I think I’m going to be sick!” the rude man wrote on his device. Chase was shocked to see the message. “I began noticing her wiping tears and my heart sank,” he shared with Inside Edition. Was he going to let this go on? Of course not!
What Happened Back There
He took a video of the old man on Snapchat. “This guy, prob mid-50s just text his wife that he is sitting next to a smelly fatty and was about to vomit. I watched her read his text and is now looking sad,” he said. He wondered if he could confront him right away and asked, “Should I… just say something when landing?” However, he knew that it was not a good idea to let her go through it for the rest of the flight.
Not A Fan Of Discrimination
When he talked to local news outlets, Chase explained that he really disliked discrimination. After seeing what the elderly man was doing to Savannah, he decided to intervene. In the end, he decided that he could not wait until the end of the flight. Before he did anything else, he informed a flight attendant of his plan. After this, he finally approached the rude passenger.
Dealing With Him
According to Chase, he said that he went up to the fat-shamer and insisted on switching seats there and then. The old man was confused at first. Under the impression that Chase was giving him a better seat, he asked why. It was a good thing that Chase was quick to set the record straight. He wanted to make sure that the old man would be embarrassed by his behavior, which is why he said this…
Trying To Negotiate
“Because you’re a heartless person,” he told him. “I read your text, and the girl next to you crying also read your text. And you should really take into consideration other people’s feelings.” This shut up the old man right away! The older, rude man stood there with his mouth open in shock, Chase then took the seat beside Savannah before he could even reply.
Talking To Him
“He encouraged me not to let that guy get to me and that everything was going to be fine,” Savannah shared. “He said he just happened to see that guy’s text messages and he started shaking he was so mad and he knew he had to do something. He stopped the flight attendant and told her what he was about to do.”
He Was A Hero
The Facebook post went on to garner more than 1,300 shares and 7,000 comments. Once the netizens found Chase, they sent him messages of thanks. Dierks Whiskey Row took to Facebook to say that it felt “so proud” of the employee and what he did. “Thank you to everyone who has messaged us regarding this story,” the restaurant said, “It has warmed the heart of our entire team.” How did Savannah feel about the entire ordeal? Did anything change for her?
She Forgave The Man
“I would like to add that I do forgive him,” she shared during an interview. She went on, “I have said lots of things in my life that I shouldn’t have, just like everyone else. If I hated him, I would not be any different and it is vital to respond with love. Only love brings a change in the world.”
Aside from that, Savannah said that she and Chase did not talk to the man after that. The truth was that she had no idea who he even is. She explained, “And I really don’t want to know. I don’t want this story to be about him – my goal was for it to be about Chase and how we should all be brave like he was and stand up for others.”
The credit goes to Chase, who acted out of the goodness of his heart. Savannah was also able to raise awareness for people who go through body-shaming. We are glad that people have become more aware of this issue. After all, there is no excuse for such rude behavior. It was a good thing that Chase stood up for her even though she was a stranger. We hope that you will always stand up to injustice as well! Wait until you see what happened to this woman who also wanted justice…
The Unpleasant Surprise
As we’ve said before, flying is usually somewhat stressful if we’re being honest. No matter how many times you do it, it can still make anyone nervous. This woman had flown so many times before this happened and this was the first and only time she had ever been treated this way while on a flight. When she had made it to her gate, she was so ready to go home at last. However, there was a turn of events she never saw coming. She was denied her flight and forcibly taken off the plane. Why would that happen? It turned out to be something very specific. She didn’t even know what she did was wrong, let alone offensive. She would have never done anything like that on purpose, but it still happened. She was taken off the flight because of her clothing.
Taking A Holiday
At age 31, Harriet Osborne had gotten a much-deserved vacation in Southern Spain. She and her friends had been looking forward to the trips for months in advance. They couldn’t wait to be able to get some sun and relax outside in the fresh air. Harriet made sure she was able to take some time out of her very busy life so she could have some time to unwind and focus on herself. After all, we all need a break sometimes.
Break From Reality
Harriet lived and worked in England. She was a makeup artist and also a mother. This vacation was planned so she could have a little break from the stress of balancing work and raising kids all at the same time. It was such a perfect opportunity to get some sun and rejuvenate while also getting the chance to clear her mind from her everyday stresses. She was dreaming of lounging on the beach for so long, it was amazing it was finally happening.
Harriet had said that she never wore clothing that was too revealing back home. Especially when she was around her children. However, she felt okay with dressing more freely and liberally while she was on vacation. She couldn’t help but feel more spontaneous. It’s only natural to feel like you could let your guard down a little when you’re somewhere new. Even more so when you’re on vacation.
The whole time she spent on vacation, she felt so free. She wore nothing other than a bikini when she walked along the beautiful beaches. She didn’t worry about being judged at all. It was a brand-new feeling to her. Little did she know that by the end of the trip, things would take a turn. She had no idea she would end up being in tears. While she was there, she didn’t have a single care in the world.
Her vacation was absolutely amazing and even better than she could have imagined. All the same, when the time came to go home, she felt ready for it. She was away from her family for a long time and missed them dearly. She couldn’t wait to see her kids as soon as possible now that she was feeling refreshed. Harriet wanted to go back home to England. She had her fun, and it was time to go back to reality.
Harriet loved the time she had on vacation. She was able to get a little sense of freedom somewhere far away from home. She took in all the beautiful sights and beaches in Spain. On top of all that, she got to work on her tan a little and soak up some sun. It was the perfect getaway she so desperately needed. From a hectic day-to-day routine at home to a relaxing beach vacation in Spain, Harriet couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Sea And Sun
A lot of British tourists like to go visit Costa del Sol. It translates to ‘coat of the sun’ and it includes a few towns as well as the City of Malaga. The beach is located in Southern Spain, and it’s easy to see what people are attracted to. The tropical-like paradise truly does live up to its beautiful name. Not to mention, the location isn’t all too far for the British mother to get to, making it the perfect vacation destination for her.
It’s been a very long time since Harriet had gotten the chance to relax at the beach together with her best friends. All the same, she felt like something was missing the entire time she was there. What could it have possibly been? She was having the time of her life on vacation with all her friends. They were hanging out on the beach, spending time in the sun, and relaxing from morning to night.
Far From Home
The vacation spot the group had chosen was perfect as it was pretty much the opposite of England. Since the seasons are opposite in the two locations, Harriet was able to get away from the harsh British winter and instead spent time in the hot sun on the beach. She loved being able to lie underneath the bright blue skies on the white sand. She definitely wouldn’t have been able to do the same had she been back home in the UK.
Their Last Day
Harriet knew their epic vacation would come to an end and they would have to go home to the UK soon enough. She had packed up all her bags and was so excited to finally reunite with her sweet kids. Before she left, however, she decided she would go shopping one last time. She might just find something nice that she had missed the other times she went. After all, this was her last chance before going back home.
Harriet and her friends went out and caught a cab. They headed to Av. De Andalucia – that was where all the best high-end fashion shops were. They were all so blown away by the wide selection of amazing stores that they weren’t sure where to begin. Harriet had no idea that her day would end up being one of the worst ones of her entire life. At that moment, she couldn’t be happier if she tried.
Her First Mistake
The happy group of friends went into El Corte Ingles. That’s where Harriet caught sight of a beautiful shirt that was on display. While the top was sheer and lacy, she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw its price. Could that really be the amount the black blouse cost? Harriet paused, standing by the gorgeous blouse. She was thinking things through for a moment. Would she buy the shirt?