Nurse shamed for dyed hair takes stand on Facebook

Posted at 3:51 PM, Jul 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 17:58:30-04

A nurse is taking a stand on Facebook after she was shamed for her dyed hair.

Mary Walls Penney takes care of patients with Alzheimer's at a Virginia nursing home.

At a store after work, the cashier noticed her name tag and asked what she did at the nursing home.

She told the clerk she is a nurse and the clerk said, "I'm surprised they let you work there like that. What do your patients think about your hair?"

The clerk then asked the elderly woman behind her in line what she thought of Penney's hair.

The woman said, "Nothing against you, honey, it's just not for me."

She said the cashier went on about how they don't even allow workers to have hair dyed like hers at fast food restaurants.

Penney responded with a Facebook post:

"I can't recall a time that my hair color has prevented me from providing life saving treatment to one of my patients. My tattoos have never kept them from holding my hand and as they lay frightened and crying because Alzheimer's has stolen their mind. My multiple ear piercings have never interfered with me hearing them reminisce about their better days or listening to them as they express their last wishes."