After Mc Rae’s social media post went viral, by the help of millions of users who agree with her non-materialistic stance on love, Pandora apologized to the married couple.
“Pandora has reached out to me and offered me their sincerest apologies and I accepted,” she said.
The jewelry store has also asked Mc Rae to name the employee, however the 22-year-old refused to give any names, saying that she never intended for anyone to get fired.
Now, the company has offered to send McRae a bracelet to make up for the distasteful behavior of their employee.
A newlywed just proved that true love doesn’t have a price tag.
Full time student Ariel McRae and car service adviser, only identified as Quinn, were dating for two years and had a good understanding. When they finally decided to tie the knot, buying wedding bands was the last thing on their mind.
So, when the pair went to a local mall to pick out the rings, they settled on a sterling silver, pearl and cubic zirconia set that cost the couple $130.
However, this happy moment turned into a sad one when Quinn was humiliated by a female retail assistant, allegedly calling the ring of his choice ”pathetic.”
"'Y'all, can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic,” said the Pandora shop worker.
This obviously left him heartbroken. However, after the wedding, McRae took this incident to social media in a heartfelt post.
"My husband doesn't have a lot, neither of us do," she explained in a Facebook post about the encounter. "We scrape and scrape to pay bills and put food in our bellies, but after almost two years of dating we decided that we couldn't wait anymore, so we didn't."
She mentioned that they were not even thinking about jewelry at that time.
"I wasn't even thinking about rings, I just wanted to marry my best friend," she continued. "But he wouldn't have it. He scraped up just enough money to buy me two matching rings from Pandora."
Quinn saved up all his money to buy this ring for the love of his life.
"While we were purchasing my rings... another lady that was working there came over to help the lady selling them to us," she wrote. "She said, 'Y'all, can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic.'"
"I watched my now husband's face fall," McRae lamented."He was so upset at the idea of not making me happy enough and of me not wanting to marry him because my rings didn't cost enough money or weren't flashy enough.”
In the post, the newlywed explained that money and flashy rings could not even come near the excitement of her starting a new life with her best friend.
"Y'all, I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25¢ gum ball machine ring," she proudly posted. "When did our nation fall so far to think the only way a man can truly love a woman is if he buys her $3,000+ jewelry and makes a public decree of his affection with said flashy ring?"
The 22-year-old also shut down the retail shop employee with a powerful message: "It isn't the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that is."
Her post has since gone viral, attracting motivating and inspirational messages from people who resonate with her story.
Thanks to her heartrending words, some even gained the courage to propose to their loves ones without thinking about the budget.
"I've received so many messages from people telling me that I gave them the courage to finally propose or get married, even if they couldn't afford a ring," McRae told Today.
And the pair doesn’t intend on replacing these wedding rings, ever.
"The rings explain our love," McRae told BBC. "We started non-conventionally and spontaneously and these rings express who we are as a couple.”