A college student is being lauded on social media for her strict adherence to the 'girl code' — and simply trying to be a good friend to someone she barely even knew.
Jasmine Rios, a freshman at University of Texas at San Antonio, was surprised to receive a direct message on Twitter from a classmate named Rebekah Pendley earlier this week.
The two had never met but follow each other on Facebook, which is how Rebekah recognized a young man in the library who looked just like Jasmine's boyfriend — and noticed him getting particularly flirty with another girl.
The lgirls: Jasmine Rios (left) and Rebekah Pendley (right) are both University of Texas at San Antonio students who followed each other on Twitter but did not know each other in real life
Uh-oh! Rebekah thought she recognized Jasmine's boyfriend at the library and was familiar with him from Jasmine's Twitter. He was getting very close with another girl
'Hey girl, I know we don't know each other, just been mutuals on Twitter for a little bit. I go to UTSA too. But I recognize [a guy] who I think is your boyfriend in the library from y'all's pictures on here, and he's with a girl and he's being kind of touchy with her,' Rebekah wrote.
'I really didn't know if I should message you/how to tell you, but I have been full-on cheated on before and, girl to girl, I'd want to know.'
Rebekah included a picture she stealthily taken, showing a young man and woman who indeed looked a bit close while studying together.
'I hope this doesn't cause you a lot of problems,' she went on. 'I feel really bad but I just thought it'd be wrong to witness it and not say anything, you know? Tell me if you want me to fight him, I'll be here for a while.'
Sending the message was certainly a risky move, since many people are quick to shoot the messenger in such a scenario.
Helping out: She sent Jasmine a picture on Twitter earlier this week
Being there: She said she wasn't sure whether or not to send the message but had been cheated on herself, and thought Jasmine would want to know
No worries! Jasmine was grateful for the heads-up — and provided relief by telling Rebekah that her boyfriend actually has an identical twin
Props: Their exchange has gone viral and the internet is applauding Rebekah
Jasmine, though, did no such thing. She was grateful — and quickly reassured Rebekah that the man she saw wasn't her boyfriend.
'Omg thank you for telling me girl, but that's not my boyfriend!' she replied. 'He has [an] identical twin brother. That's his brother int he picture and that's his gf.'
She went on: 'But thank you so much girly for telling me even though it's not my boyfriend because if it was, girlllll.'
Later, Jasmine posted screengrabs of the exchange on Twitter.
'So my boyfriend has [an] identical twin brother and someone thought my boyfriend was cheating on me but it was really his brother and his girlfriend,' she wrote. 'Thanks for having my back though girl.'
The tweet has quickly gone viral, earning nearly a quarter of a million likes and lots of praise for both Rebekah and Jasmine.
Public life: Jasmine has posted pictures of her boyfriend on Twitter, which Rebekah had seen
Not him! Her boyfriend's brother was actually at the library with his own girlfriend
Amazing: Many Twitter users were thrilled to see girls being there for other girls
A good one: Some said everyone needs a friend like Rebekah
Please be friends! A few people really wanted them to turn into besties
Support: They were impressed that Rebekah was ready to throw down with Jasmine's boyfriend
Well? Neither young woman has provided an update as to whether they met up following the exchange
'I love when girls are actually there for other girls like this,' wrote one. 'If you're not here for me like Rebekah was there for Jasmine then I don't need you in my life,' wrote another.
Many readers said they hoped the two young women formed a close friendship following the exchange.
'Befriend her....she’s loyal,' wrote one. Added another: 'That's your sis now, she was about to throw hands for you ma, y'all need to form some sort of friendship after this.'
A few people chimed in to say that Rebekah should have minded her own business, but most of the response to the exchange was positive. Twitter users applauded not just Rebekah for trying to be there for Jasmine, but Jasmine for not getting angry with Rebekah.
Some people especially liked that Jasmine didn't get angry with Rebekah for her getting involved
Same! Surprisingly, several other Twitter users had similar stories
Moral: The moral of the story seems to be to watch out if dating a twin
Naysayer: Only a few people criticized Rebekah for not minding her own business
'See how she didn't spazz out on the messenger! I love this!' wrote one.
Interestingly, a couple of other people wrote to say that they'd found themselves in the same boat.
'GIRL MY BOYFRIEND HAS A IDENTICAL TWIN AND THIS HAPPENED TO ME,' wrote one. 'It was my hoco & people thought my man was dancing with other girls.'
'LMFAO THIS HAPPENED TO ME TOO!!' added another. 'My bf has a twin brother & this girl [sent] me a picture of his twin brother & his gf thinking it's my bf, & my bf was right next to me ... but [shoutout] to girls for looking out for other girls.'