Aldrich told the story on Facebook.
Aldrich's post reads:
"Picked out a cake at Meijer. Asked bakery-looking-employee if she could write on it for me. She said she would, and after a long time, she came and presented me with this cake. I looked her In the eye and said thank you before I even looked at the cake. 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. The cashiers at the self check out didn't think it was so funny though, and called a few more cashiers and a manager over to look, even taking 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." So I guess the moral of the story is that kindness is important!
Aldrich followed up with a later post to reassure readers that the helpful employee did not get in trouble.
"The wonderful lady who helped me with the cake did NOT get in trouble- they told her to do whatever she needed to do to serve the customer's needs, and she did just that," Aldrich wrote in a comment. 'While I don't have permission to share her name, I did tag Gaines Township Meijer."
The story has now reached thousands of people.
You never know who you'll meet and how you'll affect their lives. Be kind.