Word of the kindness of employees at a Chili’s restaurant in Utah displayed by fixing an autistic child’s “broken cheeseburger” has gone viral. It’s a story that everyone who works with the public should take the time to read.
According to a report from ABC News, 7-year-old Arianna Hill is autistic. Her older sister Anna, who is 25, took her out to lunch at a Chili’s restaurant in Midvale, Utah recently, and they received way more than they paid for.
“We just decided we were going to get some lunch before we were taking her to see the Easter bunny,” Anna McLean told ABC News. “She usually does OK in restaurants. It seemed to be going pretty well. She wasn’t too overstimulated. She was really enthusiastic before we were even able to put our drinks orders in. She told the waitress, ‘I’ll have my cheeseburger.'”
When Arianna’s cheeseburger arrived, however, her sister noticed she wasn’t eating it. She was eating just the french fries instead.
“I asked why she wasn’t eating and she said, ‘I don’t want it. It’s broken.’ She said, ‘I need one that’s fixed,'” Anna says.
It seems the little girl’s cheeseburger had been cut in two by a member of the restaurant staff. Anna didn’t want to complain, so she explained quietly and asked the waitress to put another cheeseburger on their bill.
The waitress–nor any of the restaurant staff–would do any such thing, however. Instead she apologized to the child for her “broken burger” and told her she’d get her a brand new one. Then the restaurant manager and the line cooks came out and all told her she’d soon have a new cheeseburger for her lunch.
Something as simple as a cheeseburger cut in two has the potential to set off an autistic child. The kindness of these restaurant employees not only prevented a breakdown on behalf of little Arianna, but likely saved her sister from certain embarrassment, too.
When the waitress returned with the new cheeseburger, Arianna was ecstatic.
“Oh, thank you! You brought me a fixed cheeseburger,” she said.
You can check out a photo of Arianna Hill kissing her fixed cheeseburger by clicking on the ABC News link above. At the time of the ABC report, the post had received over 220,000 likes and more than 10,000 comments.
This is the kind of post that needs to be shared. It’s the kind that people need to think about. Kindness can change lives–even when it comes in the form of a broken cheeseburger made new. This particular kindness brought joy to the lives of a little autistic girl and her sister.
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