WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Two Purdue undergraduates spread their compliments across the
"I love your headband. That's a cool sweatshirt," said two guys
holding a poster board that reads "Free Compliments."
Purdue sophomores Brett Westcott and Cameron Brown give
compliments and now they're getting some praise of their own. The
duo most recently appeared on the Sunrise Show in Australia.
"I thought it was going to end at being in the school newspaper,
but it just blew up," said Westcott.
They've been on Good Morning America, in the Chicago Tribune,
and there is also talk of Oprah honoring them. They say they enjoy
the national and international attention, but the most flattering
recognition comes in smaller sizes.
"People have baked us cookies and given us puppy chow and given
us thank you notes," said Brown.
They started giving free compliments one Wednesday in September
and decided to make it routine. Most people respond with a
smile. Others use hand gestures.
"The middle finger, shut up, don't compliment me again,"
"If they give us a negative response, we just give them more
compliments," added Brown.
The two said every compliment is sincere despite the large
volume they give out during a two hour period each Wednesday.
"What is more genuine then coming up with something on the top
of your head and saying what you naturally like?" said Brown.
They hope their nice words will spread beyond Purdue.
"In everyday life there's something to compliment everybody
about," said Brown who wants those who get a compliment to pay it
As for them, they'll give out compliments at least until they
"We are the mailmen of compliments. Rain, sleet, snow,
hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, we're always out there," said
They're even putting in some overtime just for News Channel 18
"You guys look great out there in Lafayette," Westcott said.
"Keep up the great viewing," added Brown.
You can catch the compliment guys in action on Wednesdays near
Purdue's bell tower from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.