A self-described people pleaser overcame her anxiety and assertively requested help from the worker at her local auto shop to install her wiper blades—a service advertised as free by the business. The humorous and relatable moment is captured in a TikTok video by user @2beach4surf.
In the video, the woman explains that this is her first time owning a car and that she doesn’t know much about windshield wiper blades, except that she needs new ones. Her existing wipers have stopped working, posing a safety risk. As a result, she mustered the courage to ask for the installation assistance.
When she went to the auto shop, the worker initially refused to install the wiper blades, claiming that they do not provide that service. However, the woman noticed a sign saying “Free wiper blade installation,” leading her to assertively remind the worker of this offer.
The worker eventually gave in and installed the wiper blades for her. The woman expressed pride in advocating for herself rather than letting the situation fester in passive-aggressiveness. The video has garnered over 56,000 views and more than 900 comments from viewers expressing similar experiences and sentiments.
Viewers related to the struggle of asking for help, and the video’s top comments empathize with the TikToker’s experience, acknowledging the difficulty of advocating for oneself in similar scenarios. Overall, the viral video showcases a blend of humor, resilience, and relatability among its viewers.
The article was first published on Nov 15, 2023, 7:58 am CST, and was contributed by freelance writer and communications specialist Stacy Fernandez, known for her work with The Texas Tribune and The Dallas Morning News.
Contacted by The Daily Dot, the TikToker remains a symbol of empowerment for those struggling to assert themselves in everyday situations.