Megan Harris was left stunned when she took her 13-year-old daughter, Lexi, shopping for the perfect dress for her school formal, when the salesperson said something she never expected...
Despite finding a great dress at the store, Dillards, Megan encouraged Lexi to try on a few different dresses for fun.
Megan picked out a red dress with a slit to the knee, and while it was a great dress the mother and daughter agreed it wasn't Lexi's style.
Speaking to Buzzfeed, Megan explained, "I said, ‘You look like you’re 25 years old. I can’t let you out in that.’”
After taking a photo for fun a sales person entered the fitting room and made a comment that shocked both Megan and Lexi.
Calling Lexi "fat" the sales person insisted the 13-year-old should be wearing Spanx with the dress.
Megan told the publication she had to get Lexi out of the store before she screamed.
“[Lexi said], ‘You know, I know that dress wasn’t for me; I just don’t know why she had to say that,’” the mother said said, adding she was surprised how her daughter handled the situation “a lot more maturely than I think I would at that age.”
After trying to reach out to Dillards, Megan put the photo of Megan in the dress on Facebook and wrote an open letter to the store:
Since sharing the photo, it's been liked over 387,000 times and Dillards have now come forward saying they are aware of the incident and have spoken to Megan and Lexi about it.
A spokesperson said, “At Dillard’s, our mission is to help people feel good about themselves by enhancing the natural beauty found in all of us."
“We train our sales associates with the goal of creating a completely positive experience with each visit. It is certainly never our intent to offend our customers.”
Megan added that she had indeed spoken with the clothing company and said the people she spoke with her very nice, adding, "They said they were going to use [the incident] as a talking point for their salespeople."
She also added how surprised she has been by all the great messages she's received from others who have been helping to empower her daughter, “It’s been so overwhelming and also so very sad that obviously there are a lot of people out there like Lexi that have felt bad about themselves because of [someone else]."