Amputee calls for kindness after alleged discrimination at Cranston nail salon

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — “She doesn’t have two hands, she doesn’t qualify for the $45 requirement.” That’s what 22-year-old Sofia said she was told after getting denied having her reward card stamped at Diva Nails Salon in Cranston Monday.

Sofia has been an amputee for almost her whole life after a blood clot at a young age left her with one arm.

The Rhode Island College student said when she was checking out at her usual nail salon, she asked for her loyalty reward card to be punched just like the person in front of her did.

“The world is scary, and there’s discrimination out there and I don’t want anyone to feel alone,” she told ABC 6 News.

Sofia said she was told she can’t get it stamped because she “pays half price.”

Tuesday, ABC 6 spoke with Michael Corcelli Jr., a spokesperson for Diva Nails Salon, who said this was a large misunderstanding and that a language barrier played a part in this.

“I want to get in touch with her because I want to make this right,” Corcelli said.

Sofia said she isn’t comfortable talking with the nail salon and she doesn’t want anything from them; she just wants to raise awareness.

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