Little girl, 2, shuts down shop worker who criticised her doll choice – before angry mum can reply

Sophia’s mum tried to respond but the two-year-old got in there first and was very mature about it

A proud mum has shared the heartwarming story of how her two-year-old daughter shut up a shop worker who told her to choose a different doll – before her angry mother could reply.


Brandi Benner had taken her little girl, Sophia, to the shop to pick up a doll as a reward for using the potty for a whole month.

But when the pair got to the checkout, a shop assistant – who Brandi later revealed was an ‘elderly lady’ – implied that Sophia had picked the ‘wrong’ doll because it didn’t look like her.

Brandi was so angered by the exchange she tried to answer back, but her mature little girl did a great job at defending her own decision.

“The cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare.

Brandi says she’s beyond proud of her toddler (Photo: Brandi Benner)

“She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare.

“She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked her out for a friend. Sophia continued to stare blankly and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained.

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“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.’

“I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with: ‘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?’

“Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer: ‘Oh, that’s nice.’

“This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color (sic) matters.

“Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful. #itswhatsontheinsidethatcounts #allskinisbeautiful #teachlove #teachdiversity #thenextgenerationiswatching.”

The lovely post has been ‘liked’ on Instagram, where Brandi posted it, more than 2,000 times.

One mum commented: “love this! I also buy my daughter dolls of different races! because why the hell not? It doesn’t matter!

“You and your daughter are awesome. You’re raising one beautiful child, inside and out.”

Brandi also posted the exchange on Facebook, where it was shared 183,000 times – and counting.



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