Luc Perreault stopped at a Tim Horton’s in the Canadian province of Ontario while testing out his mother’s motorbike. Then a little girl waved at him but what followed was something he could not have expected.
Luc is a large guy who loves riding motorcycles. He also likes to drink beer, has a bunch of tattoos, and sports a beard and mustache. Luc is kind of a hard guy to miss.
He’s a big softy, however. Luc is just like anyone else who deals with different problems in his life and has some insecurities as well. He only looks rough around the edges, in reality, he’s a big friendly guy.
Despite his large frame, tattoos, and tough-guy exterior, Luc is just like everyone else. He does his best not to judge others by how they look.
Not everyone does the same as Luc, though. He would find this out first-hand while at Tim Horton’s this one day.
Many people might feel intimidated when they see Luc. As even he has said he “look[s] like he “ would eat your soul if you stare at [him] wrong.”
At this Tim Horton’s shop, however, a little girl noticed Luc but was not intimidated by him in the least. She walked up to the big man and said hello. Luc was surprised but happy with the warm welcome. He offered a greeting to the little girl in return.
Some parents would be happy if a child of theirs displayed a strong personality or went out of their way to be kind to someone.
This little girl’s mother was not open-minded to someone with Luc’s appearance, however. When the girl’s mother noticed her child talking to the big tattooed biker, she pulled her child away. As the girl and her mother walked away, Luc overheard the mother telling her daughter she was forbidden from speaking with “dirty bikers” like Luc.
The big “dirty biker” had his heart broken by this. He does his best to not judge others by how they look but unfortunately, not everyone does the same.
Upset with what he experienced in the coffee shop that day, Luc took to Facebook and shared a powerful message on his profile.
To the family in the red SUV at Tim Horton’s today,
Yes I am a big 280 lbs guy with motorcycles and full of tattoos. I am a welder, I am loud, I drink beer, I swear and I look like I would eat your soul if you stare at me wrong.
What you don’t know is that I have been happily married for 11 years, my kids call me daddy, I am a college graduate… My mother is proud of me and tells everyone how lucky she is to have such a wonderful son, my nieces and nephews are always happy to see there m’noncl Luc…When my daughter broke her arm, I cried more than she did. I read books, I help people, I go out of my way to thank war veterans and I even cried at Armageddon.
So next time I smile and say hi to your little girl and you grab her and tell her, ‘No no dear, we don’t talk to dirty bikers’… Remember that even tho you hurt my feelings, this ‘dirty biker’ would be the first person to run into your burning house to save your little girls goldfish so she wouldn’t be sad! – L.P.”
Luc’s friends and family loved his post and shared it with their friends, families, and followers as well. The post ended up going viral and has been seen by millions around the world.
Luc’s powerful message on Facebook has been shared more than 4000 times since it was first posted in 2013. It is still being shared with the world 7 years later.
Luc’s story has an important message we should all remember. Kind people often live within tough exteriors and we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
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