When Louisa Manning was 12-years-old, she — like too many young girls, sadly — was subjected to cruel bullying by her schoolmates over her looks, her weight, and anything that set her apart as even a little bit “different.”
But Louisa, now 22, was recently presented with a golden opportunity to teach one of her former tormentors a gentle but embarrassing lesson, and exact at least some measure of revenge for the pain he had inflicted on her years earlier, the type of pain that, to the bully, may seem like ancient history. But to a bullying victim, that hurt never really goes away.
She reported her revenge scheme on her Facebook page, and the post has now understandably gone viral.
Manning these days is a student at Oxford University — no small accomplishment in and of itself — and at a recent university social function, she came across the person she least wanted to see: a young man who 10 years earlier had ridiculed her as a “manbeast,” and other nasty taunts directed at her appearance.
But this time, the jerk had the cojonés to actually ask Louisa out on a date. Here is how Louisa Manning appears today.
“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,” she told the site BuzzFeed. “My gut instinct was to say no, but then I realized what a brilliant opportunity it was, and after bouncing ideas off a friend for a few hours, we came up with an idea.”
She agreed to meet her former bully at a restaurant. When he showed up, Louisa was nowhere to be found. But she had previously instructed a waitress to hand the bully-turned-suitor a card with a handwritten note and a picture of herself at age 12.
Here’s what her note said.
Hey [name omitted],
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.
The clod later sent Louisa an awkwardly-worded apology, saying, “I was actually here to meet up looking for a chance to meet up looking to make friends, not because you are very good looking.”
Louisa Manning called the clumsy apology for the earlier bullying “10 years too late,” but appreciated it nonetheless, saying, “it’s still an apology and it’s still amazing I got one.”