Mom Responds to Women Who Made Fun of Her at Tim Hortons by Paying It Forward

A woman responded to the catty remarks of customers waiting in line behind her by paying for their coffee

Dianne Hoffmeyer responded to a hurtful situation in the best way possible.

Dianne Hoffmeyer, a woman who was waiting in line at Tim Hortons in Fort Gratiot, Michigan, had an enviable response to the two women who, while waiting in line behind her, started making fun of Hoffmeyer’s looks.

Hoffmeyer, who was with her 22-month-old baby at the time, was picking up doughnut holes and coffee when she overheard the unkind remarks. “Look at her hair, it’s nasty looking and the roots are coming through,” Hoffmeyer recalled the women saying. They continued, “Oh she’s a whale, oh the whale needs to eat.”

What the women did not know about their target, however, was that Hoffmeyer recently lost 177 pounds.

“I instantly started to cry, because it hurts, Hoffmeyer told WXYZ Detroit,” an ABC affiliate. “I don't know the women. I don't know why they would choose to say something like that.” Instead of confronting the women, however, however, she decided on another strategy.


“I told the cashier, I’ll pay for their coffee.” Hoffmeyer didn’t wait around to see their reaction but told the station that, given the chance to meet them, “I’d like to buy them another cup of coffee, and talk to them. And explain to them how it made me feel.”