A woman left to browse Melbourne Airport retailers while waiting for her delayed flight has shared the horrifying moment she received a nasty comment about her body from a worker.
Kayla Houlihan instantly regretted browsing the Ripcurl store after she was approached by an employee with an unsolicited question about her body.
Mrs. Houlihan, the owner of Tribe Skincare, revealed how the comment shattered her confidence ahead of her long-awaited break in a TikTok uploaded on Monday.
“I’ve just spent the last hour crying at Melbourne Airport,” she told followers, explaining how she had initially been excited at the prospect of buying some last-minute holiday items.
“I was just going about my business, shopping around for some clothes, and the lady there said, ‘Oh, how far along are you?'” she recalled.
“I was like, ‘What?’ because I’m not pregnant.
“So I said, ‘No, I’m not pregnant’. And she said, ‘I’m so sorry, I just thought you looked pregnant'”.
Houlihan said the comment made her unsure about wearing the swimwear she packed.
“Now I have to go to Queensland and wear a bikini on my holiday because that’s all I have with me after being fat-shamed,” she said.
Hundreds were horrified by her story and called on the store to apologize and “do better”.
“It’s never OK for people to comment on someone else’s body, have the best holiday and embrace your beautiful self,” read one comment.
“If you don’t know the person, why comment? I’m so sorry this happened to you. Sending positive vibes,” wrote another.
“Something you should NEVER assume. I’m so sorry this has been your experience,” wrote another.
Others shared horror stories of times when they too had been mistakenly thought to be pregnant.
“The same thing happened to me! I swell up pretty bad and I was wearing a dress and she made a comment. I cried for days and still traumatized,” said one.
“It’s happened to me too! And it’s absolutely horrible,” wrote another.
Ripcurl has since made an attempt to apologize to Ms Houlihan on behalf of its worker.
“We have been alerted to an upsetting situation that occurred in one of our stores on Monday,” a spokesperson told news.com.au.
“As a brand that celebrates and empowers all women, we are sorry to hear that a customer has had this experience.
“We have been in direct contact with the customer to apologize and discuss this misunderstanding further.”