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Purdue’s “Free Compliments” guys to appear on Oprah

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Looking for a confidence boost or some friendly banter while walking around the Purdue University West Lafayette campus? It’s easy to find a few kind words from the “Free Compliments” guys who set up shop every Wednesday afternoon outside the Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry.

Each week, Brett Westcott, a student in the College of Engineering from Plainfield, Ill., and Cameron Brown, a student in the Krannert School of Management from Toledo, Ohio, shout out compliments to everyone who walks by from 12:30-2 p.m. Westcott and Brown, both sophomores, say they do it just for fun and enjoy the positive reaction they get from passersby.

Word about the complementary complimenters has spread, and now Westcott and Brown have gained the attention of “The Oprah Show.” The duo was to appear on the show Friday (March 13), but were bumped due to time constraints. They are scheduled to appear on an upcoming Friday live show.

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5 Responses to “Purdue’s “Free Compliments” guys to appear on Oprah”

  1. Debbie Daggett says:

    My compliments to the Free Compliments Guys. What a terrific idea! So charming and so inspirational. And it works! Upon seeing a television piece on you two social entrepreneurs, I tried it out on my husband (of 35 years). I told him how nice he looked today (a sleepy Sunday morning, with bed hair and morning breath). He smiled bashfully and immediately did something nice for me. I kept it up all morning – and so did he. This is an eye-opening life changer, for sure. We can all do it – and we all should. What a way to literally change the world. I am proud of you and will try to grow up to be as nice as the two of you (there’s still hope; I am only 55). Always keep it up. You are my inspiration.

    I am a volunteer coordinator for a wonderful community service organization in Maine. Would you be interested in being our speakers for our next volunteer celebration (May, 2010?)

    Also, I write happy stories; I would love to interview you. I am certain your time is in great demand these days; I appreciate that. So if you get a moment, just send a quick email if you wish to respond. Thanks for your terrific attitudes and sweet idea. My compliements to your parents, who have always done a fantastic job. Three cheers.

    Hey….you are really looking great these days on the tube!!!!

    Many blessings,

  2. SherriJoyce King says:

    I have been giving compliments to passersby for years, especially to people with grey hair like mine. I find that it makes me feel at least as good as it makes them feel. And here’s another one… “Good job, Brett and Cam!”

  3. Rachelle says:

    This is the nicest thing that anyone could have done. I am upset though that are local news has not even mentioned this because one of the students is from our area. It is upsetting to hear all the bad news and not the good news. I hope that they countinue to do what they are doing.

  4. Mike Swisher says:

    I think this is a great idea! you gentlemen are setting a fine example for others. With your permission I would like to start doing the same in our tourist town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. I wouldn’t want to be seen as a copycat, but I believe this could be a great trend to start throughout the country. Hope to hear back from you soon..

  5. Jeanie says:

    Absolutely wonderful!!! It’s about time someone did something positive just to be doing something kind. . You guy’s are the greatest and this from a 63 year old lady who has tried to do a similar thing all her life but was once told, you are so nice you make me sick. Oh, well to each their own, keep up the great work!!!!!!


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