Cashier Questions Why She Picked Out The Doll She Did. Toddler’s Response Is Going Viral

Updated April 10, 2017

After 2-year-old Sophia learned to use the potty, she was allowed to choose any toy she wanted. So, with her mother Brandi Benner in tow, they went to the Target retailer near their South Carolina home.

Little Sophia beelined straight to the toy section. While she knew she wanted a toy, she didn’t know which one. She spent the next 20 minutes carefully going through every item on the shelf, choosing very carefully the exact new toy she wanted as her prize.

Eventually, she decided she wanted the doctor doll. She really loves playing “checkup.”

“She kept going back to the doctor doll, because in her mind, she is already a doctor,” Benner said. “She loves giving checkups, and if you come in the house, she’ll tell you that’s the first thing you need.”

Excited by her choice, Sophia refused to let go of the doll until they finally got to the checkout line. And the girl, who turns three in July, was all smiles as her mother paid for the new toy.

But the cashier thought something was wrong. Sophia was white but the doll she chose was black.

The cashier instantly addressed what the Target employee saw as a problem, asking Sophia if she’d prefer to trade the black doll in for one that looked more like her.

According to Sophia’s mother, the toddler had an answer all ready.

“She does (look like me)!” the toddler responded. “She’s a doctor; I’m a doctor. She is a pretty girl; I am a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? See her stethoscope?”

When Benner heard her child speak, she was elated. She wanted to raise her child to be accepting of people of different skin colors and nationalities, and to see the little girl defending her choice like that made Benner’s heart swell with pride.

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While “Doc McStuffins” might have taught Sophia vocabulary words like “stethoscope,” Benner knows that Sophia sees what is really important. The fact that the doll was black did not matter to Sophia, only that they shared the same aspirations in live – namely, to be doctors.

Benner was relieved and happy that Sophia defended her choice against the nosy cashier.

“If she was another child, that could have discouraged her,” Benner said.

Benner shared her account of the incident on Instagram, writing the following:

Nick and I told Sophia that after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target. She, of course, picked a new doll. The obsession is real. While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare. She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked her out for a friend. Sophia continued to stare blankly and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained. The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, “Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?” Sophia finally found her voice and said, “Yes, please!” The cashier replied, “But she doesn’t look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you.” I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, “Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?” Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, “Oh, that’s nice.” This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful. #itswhatsontheinsidethatcounts #allskinisbeautiful #teachlove #teachdiversity #thenextgenerationiswatching

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“While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare. She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked her out for a friend. Sophia continued to stare blankly and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained. The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, “Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?” Sophia finally found her voice and said, “Yes, please!” The cashier replied, “But she doesn’t look like you….”I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded… Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, “Oh, that’s nice.” This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren’t born with the idea that color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful.”

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