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Woman reportedly stands up former bully, waiter serves man powerful letter

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Posted at 6:59 PM, Dec 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-06 22:56:01-05

A student at Oxford University reportedly stood up a former bully who asked her on a date, and she left the man a powerful message about bullying.

BuzzFeed reports Louisa Manning was bullied about her weight and for being hairy when she was younger, but now as a 22-year-old student she recently bumped into a former bully, who asked her out on a date.

Rather than meet him, she left a letter and a photo of herself from her teen years with a waiter, who passed it on to the bully.

The letter states: “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 *expletive* 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.”

Click here to visit Manning’s Facebook page for the letter.

BuzzFeed reports the bully sent her apology, see the text below, and click here for more comments from Manning on this story.

“Hey… For what it’s worth, 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. 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 that it didn’t happen, but I hope you believe me when I say I’m a completely 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 that I hope you have every success you deserve.”