The woman was trying to stop her tears from falling, but she couldn’t take them anymore. It’s just been too much. She attempted to keep her calm and instead looked in the opposite direction. She heard a different person intervene all of a sudden. Not once did she expect a stranger to join in on what was going on. She felt a little apprehensive at first. Hasn’t she already been through enough? She was even more astonished when the truth dawned on her!
A Woman Called Savannah Phillips
If you ask Savannah Phillips, she’ll tell you she’s an enthusiastic person. In terms of motherhood and her career, she made sure to do her best. Despite this and all the hard work she put into her life, there was always a voice in the back of her mind telling her that she was not good enough.
How Was She To Predict?
She tried to pick a seat in an empty row whenever the opportunity came, and she needed to fly. Sadly, the plane in question was already full on this particular day! She was beginning to feel nervous about that trip. There was no way to predict what would happen to her, although she had her reservations.
Her Low Self-Esteem
Savannah struggled with her weight for the majority of her life. Being on the receiving end of so many hateful comments was not easy. Even though some of them meant well, the state of her self-esteem did not improve. The sad truth is that the United States of America has been dealing with an obesity problem for quite some time now. This does not mean that body-shaming is the way to go, however. It usually, as a matter of fact, just makes the situation worse. Just how true this was, Savanna knew.
Her Fear Of Flying
Savannah did not fly for enjoyment but out of necessity. She had a lot of company trips and had no other option. While the feeling of cramped cabins disliked her, there was not much she could do but endure it. She could get around this problem by booking empty rows most of the time. This made her feel more comfortable on the flights and less claustrophobic. It is, unfortunately, not always possible.
It Was Packed
She found out when she booked the ticket that the plane was already full. On the date of the flight, Savannah decided to try her luck once more. She went to the gate at the check-in and asked if someone had canceled it. The individual shook her head at the counter, which meant that no spare seat was available. This was not going to be a pleasant flight, she knew.
The experience Savannah had with packed airplanes was not always so good. She was always trying to negotiate with the assistants at the check-in, and she was usually able to get her way. But today, the woman at the check-in counter that assisted her said that because of the number of passengers on the flight, it was impossible to do so. She had just been told that it was impossible after trying to reason with the airline personnel. As the plane was at full capacity, there was no way around it.
Boarding The Plane
She looked at all the other passengers at the airport as she walked to the boarding gate. She could feel that she was being looked at by everyone. She didn’t appreciate the stares and could feel that her body was consumed by anxiety. She said to herself, staring at her feet, “It’ll all be over soon.” Sadly, she had a hard time shaking her stomach with the awful feeling. Her gut was telling her that there was going to be something bad.
It Was Not Easy
Soon enough, it was time for the plane to board. She saw the cabin jam-packed and was unable to help but feel a pang of fear. As she made her way to her seat, she tried to calm herself. A window seat was assigned to her, and she saw that the aisle seat had already been taken. The man got up after seeing her in the aisle so that she could take her seat. After that, he made sure to sigh loudly, as if to show her that he wasn’t happy.
Eyes On Her
He was an older adult wearing bright sunglasses. It was clear he was not fond of people who were overweight. That might be the understatement of the year! He was determined to let Savannah understand exactly how he was feeling. He began to type a message on his phone, which is not usually a problem.
Here, he decided to set the font size to the largest option possible and made the display as bright as it could go! He wanted Savannah to know exactly how he felt about her and her current situation, and he was sure to make the message very clear. But he soon discovered that she wasn’t the only person to witness his cruel little act.
The Rude Man
As a helpful person, when she saw that he was angling his phone in her direction, she asked him what was happening. He just told her that he wanted a better view of the phone. As he tried to place the last touches on the post, this was a lie. She was surprised when she saw what he had typed on her phone.
It was bad enough that he talked poorly about her, but he still had the guts to show her that! She glanced away from him, looking at the glass. She tried not to cry even though she was furious. Little did she realize that the man seated behind her had seen the whole situation very clearly.
He Was A Bully
She found out the moment she saw his computer why he had toggled his phone settings. He decided to let her see the message he was typing out. It was clear that he wanted to share his views and let her know more about them. To Savannah, it felt like she was struggling once more with her high school bullies. It was too much for her, but it turned out that this was not the end of it just yet. The phone screen read, “Sitting next to a smelly fatty.”
Coming To Her Rescue
All of a sudden, the older man felt a strong tap on the shoulder. When he turned around, someone told him, “I need to speak to you. NOW.” Surprised, he got up and walked down the aisle following the other man. Chase Irwin is the man in question. He told the old man, “We’re switching seats NOW.” Surprised by the confrontation, the man agreed. Chase hit up a conversation with Savannah after the switch.
Her Very Own Hero
Chase and Savannah struck up a chat. Words were not adequate to express her appreciation for him. The only thing she found out about him, however, was his name and occupation. She discovered he was a father, too. She decided to share the story with the rest of the world upon their arrival. Sadly, on social media, she did not locate him. Instead, in the hope of finding him, she wrote a Facebook post!
Her Facebook Post
Savannah’s post began; “I am only sharing this story of what happened to me today in hopes that the person who stuck up for me will somehow be recognized… We sat on the runway waiting for the OK to take off for about 10 minutes – I sat there unable to stop silently crying.” She was having a hard time writing the post as if she was reliving it all over again.
This Has To End!
But that was not the end. She continued to say, “I was scrunching myself up against the wall as far as I could,” she went on, “…The guy next to me takes out his headphones. Someone behind us says, “We are switching seats. Now.” The guy next to me said, “OK- why?” And I hear someone say (removing curse words), “You are texting about her, and I’m not putting up with that.”
It Went Viral
She was surprised to see how many comments the post got, shares, and likes. Many users left supportive comments and told her she was fine with the way she was. They hoped that she was not going to let the rude man’s behavior influence her! For what he did, people did not fail to thank Chase. A good deed should always be remembered and applauded if you ask us!
They Found Him
It didn’t take long with the power of Facebook until netizens found out the man’s identity. On the website of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey bar and restaurant in Nashville, they found Chase Irwin. He was the restaurant’s manager! People began flooding the page with praise and good wishes for the hero once the story came out. The media, in addition to the general public, also got wind of this news!
He Was Infuriated
As NewsChannel 5 interviewed him, Chase said he did not interfere with the clout. When he saw what the older man was doing to her, something just snapped inside of him. “I was going to wait until the end of the flight to say something, but I could not have this guy sit next to her this whole flight and her thinking he’s making fun of her,” he shared. He continued sharing, “It gets to me deep down when I see someone crying, and when I saw her crying, it hit me hard, and I got sick to my stomach.”
A World Of Difference
The fact that Chase had been keeping an eye on the situation from the get-go was a positive thing. He could tell, right away, that something was going to go down. He found that the older man had been vulgar to Savannah since the beginning. There was no way after seeing the text that Chase was going to let it go. He had no idea at the time that his act of kindness would make a world of difference.
He Could Not Believe It
“Hey babe, sitting next to a smelly fatty. She’s overflowing over my armrest. I think I’m going to be sick!” the rude man wrote on his device. Chase was shocked to see the message. “I began noticing her wiping tears, and my heart sank,” he shared with Inside Edition. Was he going to let this go on? Of course not!
What Happened Back There
He took a video of the older man on Snapchat. “This guy, prob mid-50s, text his wife that he is sitting next to a smelly fatty and is about to vomit. I watched her read his text, and is now looking sad,” he said. He wondered if he would be able to confront him immediately and asked, “Should I … just say something when landing?” However, he realized that letting her go through it for the remainder of the flight was not a good idea.
Not A Fan Of Discrimination
Chase explained when he spoke to local news outlets that he disliked discrimination. After seeing what Savannah’s older man was doing, he wanted to interfere. Ultimately, he realized he was unable to wait until the end of the flight. He informed a flight attendant of his plan before he did anything else. He finally approached the rude passenger after this.
Dealing With Him
He said he went up to the fat-shamer, according to Chase, and insisted on swapping seats there and there. At first, the older man was puzzled. He asked why under the assumption that Chase was offering him a better seat. Chase was swift to set the record straight as a positive thing. He wanted to make sure that his actions would shame the older man, which is why he said this…
Trying To Negotiate
“Because you’re a heartless person, I read your text, and the girl next to you crying also read your text. And you should take into consideration other people’s feelings.” This made the older man shut up right away! The older, rude man stood there in shock with his mouth open, and Chase then took his seat next to Savannah before even answering.
Talking To Him
Savannah shared, “He encouraged me not to let that guy get to me and that everything was going to be fine, he said he just happened to see that guy’s text messages, and he started shaking, he was so mad, and he knew he had to do something. He stopped the flight attendant and told her what he was about to do.”
He Was A Hero
The post on Facebook went on to gather over 1,300 shares and 7,000 comments. When the netizens noticed Chase, they gave him messages of thanks. Dierks Whiskey Row told Facebook that the employee felt “so proud” of him for what he did. “Thank you to everyone who has messaged us regarding this story,” the restaurant said, “It has warmed the heart of our entire team.” How did Savannah feel about the whole ordeal? For her, did anything change?
She Forgave The Man
Savannah shared during an interview, “I would like to add that I do forgive him; I have said lots of things in my life that I shouldn’t have, just like everyone else. If I hated him, I would not be any different, and it is vital to respond with love. Only love brings a change in the world.”
Savannah said, apart from that, that she and Chase didn’t speak to the man after that. The reality was that she didn’t even know who he was. She stated, “And I don’t want to know. I don’t want this story to be about him – my goal was for it to be about Chase and how we should all be brave like he was and stand up for others.”
The credit goes to Chase, who behaved out of his heart’s goodness. For individuals that go through body-shaming, Savannah was also able to raise awareness. We are pleased that individuals have become more conscious of this issue. There is no reason for such rude behavior, after all. It was a good thing that, even though she was a stranger, Chase stood up for her.