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We've all been there: You're walking in a park or sitting at the movies, and you overhear someone saying something downright awful.

It might be something ridiculously sexist, astoundingly racist, or maybe just so generally insensitive that you can't help but be like...

GIF from "Sword in the Stone."


"Does that person know it's 2016?" you ask yourself in disbelief, grasping at the small sliver of faith in humanity left in your soul.

Last week, while eating lunch at a restaurant, Jarred Wall had a similar experience — except the awful thing said was about people like him.

Wall, an Australian who is aboriginal, overheard two women saying some terrible stuff about those in his community.

"Food was great but to our misfortune we inadvertently heard two elderly ladies, seated next to us, chatting about aboriginals," he wrote in a Facebook post. "The conversation was less than distasteful with words like assimilation thrown around willy nilly."

Though the women's comments stung, instead of unleashing a "tirade of abuse" in response to their words, Wall wrote that he decided to take the high road.

He bought a pot of tea for the women, and left a note on the receipt: "Enjoy the tea! Compliments of the 2 aboriginals sitting next to you on table 26. :)"

Went out for lunch today. Food was great but to our misfortune we inadvertently heard two elderly ladies, seated next to...

Posted by Jarred Wall on Thursday, September 8, 2016

In other words, he fought their hate with a simple act of kindness.

Racism against aboriginal Australians may be a foreign concept for some Americans, but it's a very real thing in Australia.

Research suggests systemic racism against indigenous aboriginals is a "persistent but hidden phenomenon" in Australia, particularly in the workplace.

Similar to how Native Americans still face widespread oppression in the U.S., Australia's aboriginals face unique hardships in the predominantly white, westernized society in which they live.

A protest in favor of more protections for indigenous communities in Melbourne, Australia, in 2015. Photo by Chris Hopkins/Getty Images.

According to Annette Vickery of the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service Co-operative, discrimination against Australia's aboriginals is "an invisible barrier wherever you go."

"It's on every front," she said, The Age reported. "From being included in a mainstream school to accessing normal services that everybody else accesses, to employment, personal loans, housing, private rentals, even accessing a restaurant."

"It is debilitating to people experiencing [racism], because it is like fighting shadows; always there, but hard to prove."
— Annette Vickery

Wall's experience, although unfortunate, isn't unique.

Wall ended his Facebook post with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, which shows just how global the movement of communities fighting racial injustice has become.

Including #BlackLivesMatter — which originally launched as a means to end systemic racism in police forces across the U.S. — was a powerful way to highlight that racism isn't just an issue for a single community. Racism takes many forms across many communities around the world, and we should be unified in fighting them together.

#BlackLivesMatter has, at the very least, started a worldwide conversation about how we can get better at ensuring equality for all members of every society in every country and on every continent.

Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images.

For Wall, his simple act of generosity worked to counter racial bias on a much smaller scale — yet it's proving to have a global impact: His post has been shared nearly 3,000 times with users around the world.

Wall said he simply wants to motivate others to think twice about the impact of their words.

"They were elderly ladies, I didn't want to humiliate anyone or cause conflict," he told Mashable of the experience.

But "maybe these ladies will be a little wiser and think before they speak," he wrote in his post. "Hopefully there won't be a next time!"

Photo by Roméo A. on Unsplash

Cat hilariously rats out owner in front of the landlord.

Maybe it's a right of passage into adulthood or maybe some landlords discriminate against pets because they can't tell people kids are forbidden in their residence. Either way, just about everyone has lived in a rental home that didn't allow pets. Most people just abide by the rules and vow to get a pet when they find a new home.

Some people, on the other hand, get creative. I once came across a post on social media where someone claimed their pit bull puppy was actually a silver Labrador. But one woman on TikTok was harboring a secret cat in her rental that had a no pets policy, and either her cat was unaware or he was aware and was simply being a jerk.

My money is on the latter since cats are known to be jerks for no reason. I mean, have you ever left something on the counter for a few minutes? They make it their mission to knock it on the floor. So I fully believe this fluffy little meow box wanted to make his presence known in an effort to rat out his owner.

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Train tracks leading into Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

Kanye West (who has legally changed his name to Ye) has been making headlines—again—not only for his bizarre public behavior, but for blatantly antisemitic remarks he made in recent interviews.

There's no question that Ye's comments praising Hitler and Nazis and denying that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust are hurtful and dangerous. There's no question that bad actors are using Ye's antisemitic comments to push their white nationalist agenda. The question is whether Ye fans would allow their admiration of his musical talents—or whatever else they like about him—to overshadow the fact that he is now regularly spewing pro-Nazi rhetoric to millions of people.

In at least one corner of the internet, fans are responding in what may be the most effective and meaningful way possible—by countering Ye's commentary with a deluge of Holocaust education and remembrance.

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Delivery driver's reaction to snacks left for him shows how a little kindness goes a long way

'Seeing a grown man get so excited about Capri Sun is extra wholesome.'

"Dee" the delivery guy stoked to get some Doritos.

Sometimes the smallest gesture can change someone’s day for the better, especially when that act of kindness lets them know their work is appreciated. Over the last few years, delivery drivers have done a fantastic job keeping people healthy during the pandemic, so Toni Hillison Barnett told News 11 that she and her husband started a tradition of leaving snacks for their drivers on the front porch.

The Barnetts, who live in Louisville, Kentucky, can see the drivers' reactions by recording them on their doorbell cameras. “I live for reactions like this to our snack cart! Thx to all of the delivery drivers out there! We appreciate you!” Toni wrote on an Instagram post.

Recently, one of the Barnetts’ delivery guys, a joyous fellow that we believe is known as Dee, went viral on TikTok because of his positive reaction to receiving some snacks during his deliveries. The snacks are tasty, no doubt. But it’s also wonderful to feel appreciated. After Toni posted the video, it received more than 100,000 views.

“Oh my God, you guys are the best, I gotta take a snapshot of this,” Dee can be heard saying in the video. “Oh, Capri Suns are my favorite, Yes!”

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'Princess Bride' star Mandy Patinkin shared a moving detail about the film with a grieving woman

Two souls connecting over the loss of their fathers. (Phew, grab a tissue for this one, folks.)

via Mandy Patinkin / TikTok

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There was an emotional exchange on TikTok between two people who lost their fathers to cancer. One was actor Mandy Patinkin, the other was TikTok user Amanda Webb.

Patinkin currently stars on "The Good Fight" but one of his most famous roles is Inigo Montoya in the 1987 classic "The Princess Bride." In the film, Montoya is a swordsman who is obsessed with confronting a six-fingered man who killed his father.

Webb recently lost her father Dan to mantle cell lymphoma. She had heard a rumor that Patinkin used his father's death from cancer as motivation in a pivotal scene where he confronts the six-fingered Count Rugen (Christopher Guest) in a duel.

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