There’s a saying that you should never judge a book by its cover. Generally that’s a pretty good assumption when it comes to people as well.
Luc Perreault is a father and avid motorcyclist. His appearance is pretty much what you’d expect from someone of that description—a burly, bald man with tattoos and a long beard.
Perreault is the first to admit that he looks like he’s the type of guy who would “eat your soul if you stare at me wrong.”
But again, let’s not judge a book by its cover.
On the perfect July day for a motorcycle ride, Perreault took his mom’s bike for a test drive before pulling into the parking lot at Tim Horton’s restaurant in Canada. Aware that his appearance tends to draw attention to himself, Perreault was pleased that a curious little girl in line wanted to say “hello” to him.
The short exchange only lasted seconds, but it was sweet nonetheless—that is, until the little girl’s mom made a statement that would not go unnoticed.
The little girl’s mother grabbed her by the hand and quickly pulled her away adding, “We don’t talk to dirty bikers.”
Upon hearing her completely uncalled for remarks, Perreault took to Facebook later that day to pen an open letter to the mother who passed judgment on him. His words quickly went viral.
“To the family in the red SUV at Tim Horton’s today, Yes, I am a big 280 lbs guy with motorcycles and full of tattoos. I am a welder, I am loud, I drink beer, I swear and I look like I would eat your soul if you stare at me wrong.
What you don’t know is that I have been happily married for 11 years, my kids call me daddy, I am a college graduate, my mother is proud of me and tells everyone how lucky she is to have such a wonderful son, my nieces and nephews are always happy to see their m’noncle Luc, when my daughter broke her arm I cried more than she did. I read books, I help people, I go out of my way to thank war veterans and I even cried at Armageddon.
So next time I smile and say hi to your little girl and you grab her and tell her “No, no dear we don’t talk to dirty bikers”, remember that even though you hurt my feelings, this ‘dirty biker’ would be the first person to run into your burning house to save your little girl’s gold fish so she wouldn’t be sad!
Just like you should never judge a book by its cover, Luc Perreault perfectly reminds us to never judge a person by their appearance.