WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue juniors Brett Westcott and Cameron Brown, the self-described “mailmen of compliments,” will return to their customary weekly post on Purdue University West Lafayette’s Centennial Mall from 12:30p-2:30p Wednesday (Aug. 26) to lavish passersby with compliments.
The Purdue “Compliment Guys” have appeared on “Good Morning America,” “Fox & Friends” and “Today,” and have been featured in newspapers that include The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times.
The duo recently completed a Kodak-sponsored national tour that allowed them to deliver compliments from New Orleans to New York.
This week’s compliments session marks one year since the first Wednesday that Westcott, a civil engineering student from Plainfield, Ill., first ventured out to give compliments to strangers.
“I just wanted to make my part of the world a slightly better place to live in,” Westcott said. “I never imagined the impact this simple idea would have across the nation.”
Cameron Brown, a management student from Toledo, joins Westcott every Wednesday in front of Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry.
“It’s never hard to think of a compliment; there is something good in everyone. It just takes a second to look,” Brown said. “Giving compliments is the highlight of my week. It’s been encouraging to see others begin to do the same.”