(Newser) – Painting someone’s nails surely qualifies as work. But that’s how Walmart cashier Ebony Harris spent her break during a shift last week after learning a woman with cerebral palsy had been refused service at a nail salon within the Walmart in Burton, Mich., because her hands shake. “They denied me because they said I moved too much,” 36-year-old Angela Peters, who uses a wheelchair, tells WNEM. But Harris didn’t think so. “I’ve helped her shop a couple of times. I just wanted to do her nails and I didn’t want her day to be ruined,” she tells ABC News. On her break, Harris helped Peters pick out a nail polish—sparkly blue—and gave her the manicure she requested.
If Peters was shaking, she wasn’t the only one. “I was a little nervous and was shaking because I didn’t want to mess her nails up,” says Harris. She’s getting high praise as a result: “Her service to customers defines the spirit of Walmart, and we couldn’t be more proud,” the company says after a photo of the nail-painting session, snapped by a bystander moved to tears, went viral on Facebook. Per CNN, Harris hopes the act of kindness teaches that people are equal regardless of disability or race; Harris is black, while Peters is white. “I forgive the nail people for not doing my nails,” Peters adds, per ABC News. “When people do us wrong we must forgive. If not, we harbor bitterness.”
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