A Valparaiso teenager's spur-of-the-moment response to an alleged fat-shamer's rude remark at an artisan cupcake bakery in Valparaiso proved to be epic, going viral and earning her supporters and media coverage from around the world.
Vega Blossom, a Starbucks barista, went to Designer Desserts at 56 Lincolnway in downtown Valparaiso on March 31 after learning everything in the display cases was on sale, only to be stuck in a long line, according to her Facebook post that's been shared more than 27,000 times and liked more than 87,000 times. After finally making it to the counter, a woman behind her said, "Thank God, now let's hope this fat (expletive) doesn't buy all the cupcakes," Blossom said in the post.
So she did.
Blossom reportedly spent $54 buying every last cupcake to spite the fat-shamer, and people from all over applauded her for standing up to the woman.
Several attempts to reach Blossom directly for comment were unsuccessful.
After blowing up on social media, her story has been reported by media outlets all over the globe, including the Daily Mail in Britain, an Australian radio station, the New Zealand Herald, the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan magazine and many local television newscasts.
Designer Desserts rallied to her defense and has brought her and her colleagues at Starbucks free cupcakes twice since the incident.
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"Designer Desserts-Valparaiso is a BULLY FREE ZONE and WILL NOT TOLERATE these disgusting types of attitudes," owner Adam Wiltfang posted on his business's Facebook page. "Didn't your parents ever teach you, 'If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.' Keep your mouth shut and snide remarks to yourself. Geez people, it's a cupcake shop. ... So please, if you are the one who made these remarks, unlike my page and please buy your cupcakes elsewhere, and for anyone else who feels it necessary to be so uncouth, please take your business elsewhere, as we will ask you to leave if we hear things like this. My sincere apologies go out to this beautiful young woman, and I cannot thank her enough for being such a loyal and amazing customer, we will be seeing you very soon."
Designer Desserts made additional posts on social media against bullying and has given Blossom sweet treats, T-shirts and tote bags.
The whimsical bakery has been flooded with calls from media outlets, from people all over the world who want to support Blossom and from people who want to buy something to support its anti-bullying stance.
"Things go viral, but I'm surprised we've been dragged into this as much as we have," said manager Adam Parquette, who had to leave work that day about half an hour before the incident took place. "It's been overwhelmingly positive. We've been hearing a lot from people in Valpo and surrounding communities. We're getting calls from Canada, Australia, all over."
So far, people have bought Blossom several gift cards.
"It was definitely a shaming incident, and people want to show their support," Parquette said. "We've heard from a wide array of people thanking us for having her back. ... We don't tolerate shaming. We make cupcakes for fun, for everyone, whether big or small, black or white, a Trump supporter or a Hillary supporter. This isn't a place for differences."