WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Two Purdue undergraduates spread their compliments across theglobe.
"I love your headband. That's a cool sweatshirt," said two guysholding a poster board that reads "Free Compliments."
Purdue sophomores Brett Westcott and Cameron Brown givecompliments and now they're getting some praise of their own. Theduo 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 enjoythe national and international attention, but the most flatteringrecognition comes in smaller sizes.
"People have baked us cookies and given us puppy chow and givenus thank you notes," said Brown.
They started giving free compliments one Wednesday in Septemberand decided to make it routine. Most people respond with asmile. Others use hand gestures.
"The middle finger, shut up, don't compliment me again,"explained Westcott.
"If they give us a negative response, we just give them morecompliments," added Brown.
The two said every compliment is sincere despite the largevolume they give out during a two hour period each Wednesday.
"What is more genuine then coming up with something on the topof 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 everybodyabout," said Brown who wants those who get a compliment to pay itforward.
As for them, they'll give out compliments at least until theygraduate.
"We are the mailmen of compliments. Rain, sleet, snow,hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, we're always out there," saidWestcott.
They're even putting in some overtime just for News Channel 18viewers.
"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 nearPurdue's bell tower from 12:30 to 2:30 pm.
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