A grocery store shopper recently shared a photo of a poorly decorated birthday cake she ordered from her local supermarket, Meijer.
But it isn't just a cake, it has become a symbol of kindness and acceptance.
Lisa Sarber Aldrich requested a decorative cake that read “Happy Birthday Mandy” from a store employee who appeared to work in the bakery.
When she received the cake, she didn’t realize how messy it looked until she was headed to checkout but she was still planning to buy it.
“I looked her in the eye and said thank you before I even looked at the cake,” Aldrich wrote. “After looking, I nervously laughed and headed to check out - it didn't really matter to me that it looked so bad - I thought people would think it was funny.”
As she made her way through the checkout line, cashiers and a manager went to look at the decoration and some took pictures.
“To my surprise, after they discussed it, 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’s post has been shared more than 100,000 times since she posted it on Sunday. She included an update that said the young lady did not get in trouble for writing on the cake, despite not being allowed because she was doing her part to satisfy the customer.
Several commenters praised Aldrich for handling the situation with such patience and kindness, especially since she didn’t even know the girl had autism when she saw how unattractive her cake was.
She could have easily caused a scene, yelled at the employee, demanded a refund or called for her to get in trouble but she did not.
It just goes to show far kindness can go and the importance of not allowing trivial things make you lose sight of what’s important.