One student proved revenge is definitely a dish best served cold after she agreed to a date with her childhood bully - but then stood him up.
Louisa Manning, a 22-year-old student at Oxford University, bumped into her former tormentor at a university ball, who did not appear to recognise his childhood classmate.
He later asked her on a dinner date, where she had the perfect opportunity to get her own back on the boy who used to call her "manbeast" and teased and tormented her about her weight.
A guy who bullied me at school then asked me out for dinner was given this by a waiter last night. pic.twitter.com/3Ffpqez2tj— Louisa Manning (@xo_louisa_ox) December 5, 2014
The note read:
"Hey so 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 after and deemed me f***able 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 the girl in this photo because she's the one who just stood you up. Louisa."
She then posted an image of the note, along with an old photo, on Facebook. The post has since been liked by 17,947 people and attracted attention from all over the world.
Manning has been sent messages of support from hundreds of individuals, writing from numerous countries including Denmark, France and Australia. An anonymous fan has even set up a website for her.
This is now a thing. http://t.co/W4Pde86gvt Apparently I have some pretty dedicated fans.— Louisa Manning (@xo_louisa_ox) December 10, 2014
The incident has prompted a handful of individuals to speak out about their own similar experiences of standing up a childhood bully.
@xo_louisa_ox We are one in the same. I got to turn down someone who said I was ugly 12 years ago. Here's to us. <3— Matthew Ward (@MattWardCS) December 7, 2014
@xo_louisa_ox goddess is an understatement :) i have done something very similar myself only yours is much more effective mentally! x— Insanity LIVE! (@bodyandmind12) December 6, 2014
While others have sworn to follow Manning's lead:
@xo_louisa_ox I'm from Brazil. And OMG you're a icon for me! Thank you for show me what I'll have to do with some people...— Osmar Duarte (@LordGaGa_OD) December 6, 2014
Manning has been applauded for her brilliant response to her former bully, who has since sent her a message of apology on Facebook saying:
“I was actually here to meet up looking for a chance 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 eight 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.”