In a post that went viral in late June, a construction worker in Vancouver, Washington, a construction worker made a social media post after overhearing a woman make disparaging comments about his appearance.
Andy Ross, was just getting off work at a construction site, and stopping at the store on the way home, when he heard a woman warn her daughter about growing up to be like him.
“As I entered the store before I got home, a little girl kept staring at me. Which is fine. I know that kids are curious when they see someone, especially as dirty as I was.”
“They ended up in front of me as I was checking out. Little girl still staring, her mother told her to stop staring. As they finished and headed towards the door, I hear her mom say quietly to the little girl ‘That is why you need to stay in school,’” he added. “I figured this was a great time to educate this mother and her 7/8 year old daughter.”
Ross then said he issued a comment to her.
“First, I happen to be a very educated dirty man. I not only have a high school diploma, I also have a college degree and many medical certifications. So assuming that I am uneducated because of my appearance is actually quite ignorant in itself.”
“Secondly, if you are telling your daughter to stay in school because I have tattoos up and down my arms, that will actually suppress her creativity and potentially hinder her imagination as she develops. Again, contradictory to your point ma’am. I am proud of my tattoos and artwork that Forrest Bateman put on my body. It’s a representation of my pride in my country and my service over multiple combat tours as a special operations medic.”
“Third, if you’re referring that statement to the hat (not featured) I’m wearing because it features an elk, you might not understand it. I happen to co-own Evergreen State Outdoors and am proud to own an outdoors company and support my rights to hunt and responsibly be a gun owner.”
“Finally, I chose to work in a construction industry. I am proud to say that I am apart of building America and I enjoy my job everyday. I tried working a desk job when I got out of the service and it wasn’t for me. I enjoy working with my hands and being outdoors. Subsequently, it comes with being dirty some days. I make good money, have benefits, and am able to provide for my family without issue. So my appearance reflects nothing to do with my level of intelligence or pursuing a higher level of education.”
Ross told her that it’s best not to judge people before getting to know them.
He left her with several points:
1 – Don’t judge people at first glance.
2 – Do what you love and enjoy and it’s never work.
3 – Blue collar jobs are the best jobs. They can pay great and it doesn’t always come with a price tag.
4 – Education is important, but college doesn’t guarantee you anything.
5 – Experience, hard work, and dedication allow you to be successful in your career path.
6 – Don’t be an [expletive] parent who raises their kids to be an [expletive].
7 – When attempting to insult someone’s intelligence and education level, don’t allow yourself to be out educated by said dirty man.
8 – I need a shower.
To read his post in full, check out Bored Panda.