A woman who wore a short dress to a wedding on a hot day was reportedly the target of criticism from other female guests throughout the night.
Liz Krueger shared her story online, quickly gaining support from people worldwide, Stuff reported.
The story went viral after an anonymous friend posted about Krueger’s experience on a New Zealand radio station’s Facebook page:
Can we get some advice from you please? A friend wore this dress to a wedding in the weekend and got targeted big time. She says she got treated rudely by other women at the wedding who saw her as a target for wearing this dress. A woman came up behind her and slapped her on the bum and said it was on a dare from a group of other women who were watching and snickering. Someone else seemingly purposely spilt a beer on her.
Krueger also wrote about the controversy on Instagram.
“If only I knew that choosing this dress for a wedding on a 90 degree day meant so many women would be outrightly rude to me, and even come up behind me [and] slap my a** as I’m standing alone,” Krueger wrote in her post.
Krueger said that despite the way she was treated, she was able to ignore the bullies and have a good time.
“Good thing for thick skin, being able to laugh at things and not take it personally, and good friends/hubby by my side #adultsarebullystoo,” she added, Huffington Post reported.
“Regardless, we had one heck of a fun night and no ‘grown’ women’s comments/glares could bring me down as a wedding guest.”
Krueger subsequently started a campaign called #KruegerKindness — a “movement for women, by women” to encourage them to do something positive for each other every day and post it on Instagram alongside the hashtag.
“A dress does not warrant being harassed by a group of girls to make me feel like I was in middle school again,” Krueger wrote, according to the New Zealand Herald. “I think everyone in this situation learnt a lesson, myself included. Be nice to each other. It’s what we learn as little kids. Why can’t we do it as adults.”