“The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, ‘Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?’ Sophia finally found her voice and said, ‘Yes, please!’ The cashier replied, ‘But she doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you,’” wrote Benner in the online post.
Benner said she became angry and was deciding what to say back to the cashier when Sophia responded.
“Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?”
According to Benner, the cashier dropped the issue.
After posting about the incident online, Benner said she just believes the cashier – which WCNC described as an “older lady” – is of a different generation.
“I don’t believe she was doing it to be malicious,” said Benner.
Even so, Benner said she’s proud of her daughter.
“We could attack and go negative because of what she said, but my daughter just responded in love and that’s the heart of all of it.”
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