A Michigan woman’s trip to the supermarket this week ended with a lesson in kindness that’s been shared across the Internet.
Lisa Aldrich went to local supermarket Meijer to purchase a cake for her sister Mandy’s birthday. She asked someone in the bakery department to write “Happy Birthday Mandy,” and the employee fulfilled her request. After thanking the employee and taking the cake, Aldrich noticed it was rather unusual, decorated with scrawled handwriting.
Rather than confronting the employee, she “nervously laughed and headed to check out,” according to her Facebook post.
“It didn’t really matter to me that it looked so bad- I thought people would think it was funny,” Aldrich writes.
Other store employees did not have the same attitude as Aldrich. Before she made it through self-checkout, several cashiers and a store manager noticed the cake, which was more special than she thought.
“One cashier put her arm on my shoulder and said ‘the girl who wrote that has Autism. Thank you for smiling and thanking her- even though she’s not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day.’”
Aldrich took the quirky cake without question and said she declined the store’s offer for a discount. Her small act of kindness has since gone viral, with nearly 150,000 shares on Facebook. She even followed up with Meijer’s store manager afterward to check on the employee.
“The wonderful lady who helped me with the cake did NOT get in trouble,” Aldrich writes. “They told her to do whatever she needed to do to serve the customer’s needs, and she did just that.”
Mandy’s cake was clearly a hit, as Aldrich even posted an update on its current status.