A TikTok influencer who filmed herself attempting to perform an act of kindness burst into tears after strangers refused her gesture. Milly G, from the UK, decided to go to her local Sainsbury’s grocery store to try and pay for someone’s food shop. However, after being turned down by three separate people, Milly broke down and left the store. However, she did buy some pasta, sauces, and other essentials to put in the donation box before she left.
While Milly insists her gesture was from the heart, it’s no surprise that shoppers at the store weren’t interested in her footing the bill. Not only were they likely put off by Milly filming the interaction for social media, but commenters also pointed out that she went to a more expensive grocery store in a more affluent area. Therefore, people were likely offended by the insinuation that they couldn’t afford to buy their own food.
At the beginning of the clip, Milly films herself wearing her Apple AirPods Max and riding public transport. She admits that she’s feeling apprehensive about doing this, saying: “I’m nervous. I just hope they don’t look at me like I’m some weirdo.” Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened.
Milly wishes people were more “grateful” for her thoughtfulness 😒
in hindsight i can see why people can react differently to this, but my intentions were purely to brighten up someones day💕 i’m still super happy with what I ended up doing and i’ll do more of it for sure #storytime #vlog #makesomeonesday #foodshop
No one was rude to Milly (though she did claim that the first man she approached was “angry”), but she still felt slighted by no one taking her up on her offer. After leaving the store dejectedly, she says that it was a “stressful” experience. She also admits she’s a bit put out by the fact that no one was “grateful” for her kindness.
“That was really stressful,” she laments in the clip. “I was expecting the first person to be like, overjoyed and grateful and happy for me to pay for their shopping, but obviously that didn’t go down well.”
It’s hard not to question Milly’s intentions in doing this, particularly because she felt the need to document the whole thing for social media (obviously in an attempt to go viral/get clout). True acts of kindness don’t need to be filmed. They don’t even need the recognition of being known. She could have given back just as much by donating food to a food bank, as she eventually did at the end. Using people who may be struggling to make yourself look better is not the vibe. Influencers would do well to learn that. We should all be kinder to everyone we meet, but not for clout.