After nearly ten years of patiently waiting, last week Louisa Manning seized her chance to get even with the bully who called her “manbeast” in school.
The now-22-year-old Oxford University student was reunited with her former schoolmate at a university Christmas ball. She had undergone a striking transformation since her school years — so much so that the unnamed man who used to bully her evidently didn’t recognise her and asked her out to dinner.
She couldn’t believe it and told BuzzFeed that she remembered this guy in particular for bullying her for “being ugly” at her school. She added:
I was pretty pissed off he asked me out, to be honest. It really made me angry that now I’m attractive, he instantly wants to jump into bed with me.
So, Louisa accepted, but stood him up. Instead of showing up, she asked a waiter to give her “date” a photo of herself from the school years, accompanied by a note. (Scroll down for the full text of the message.)
1. Louisa Manning, 22, asked a waiter to give her ‘date’ an old photo and letter. The note detailed jibes the bully made at school about her weight and mono-brow.
2. The letter Louisa Manning wrote to a former bully who asked her out on a date, along with a picture of her as a school child.
3. Louisa later received a reply on Facebook from the man she stood up in which he apologized for his behavior.
Here is what Louisa’s note said:
Hey [name obscured],
So sorry I can’t join you tonight.
Remember year 8, when I was fat and you made fun of my weight? No? I do — I spent the following three years eating less than an apple a day. So I’ve decided to skip dinner.
Remember the monobrow you mocked? The hairy legs you were disgusted by? Remember how every day for three years, you and your friends called me Manbeast? No perhaps you don’t — or you wouldn’t have seen how I look eight years later and deemed me f***able enough to treat me like a human being.
I thought I’d send you this as a reminder. Next time you think of me, picture that girl in this photo, because she’s the one who just stood you up.
And that letter has now gone viral in a huge way. By last night, the post had already gathered more than 17,000 “Likes” on Facebook. One user commented:
You are a heroine. Thank you for standing up against bullying, the world needs more role models like you.
Another commenter wrote:
Nice work, you’re awesome. I was never a big bully but was someone who gave some kids some **** back in grade school…. I have since approached them to apologise for my behaviour back then. So don’t totally swear this guy off.. cheers!
Incredibly, Louisa later received an apology on Facebook from the very man she stood up. His message said:
Hey… For what it’s worth, I was actually here looking for a chance to meet up to make friends, not because you are very good looking. I guess I had it coming though, and certainly don’t blame you for standing me up.
I can’t change who I was 8 years ago, and I won’t insult your intelligence by pretending it didn’t happen, but I hope you believe me when I say I’m a different person now. I can only apologise and wish you the very best. I guess I won’t hear from you again but I mean it when I say I hope you have every success you deserve.
Well, that was nice. What do you make of the guy’s reply?
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