Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. Case in point – there’s a great story circulating on the web about a young girl’s experience at a Midvale, Utah Chili’s restaurant, shared by her sister, Anna MacLeane, on Facebook. Anna took her sister, Arianna, a 7-year-old with autism, to Chili’s to get her favorite – a cheeseburger. When her cheeseburger arrived, Arianna didn’t want to eat it. When Anna asked her why, Arianna replied “It’s broken. I need another one that’s fixed.” Then it occurred to Anna that it was “broken” because it was cut in half. Although it was the restaurant’s intention to make it easier to eat by cutting it in half, this threw things out of order for Arianna.
When their waitress came to check on them, Arianna explained the situation and asked for another cheeseburger. Their waitress, Lauren, was sweet and played along, saying to Arianna, “I brought you a broken cheeseburger?! You know what, I’ll have them cook you a new one!” Then the manager came over and did the same thing, which made things a lot easier. Arianna was very happy when her new “fixed” cheeseburger arrived – so much so, that she gave it a big kiss – which Anna was able to snap a picture of.
This simple act of compassion and kindness that Anna and Arianna received should be a great lesson. For Anna and Arianna, that broken cheeseburger could have impacted the rest of their day – but, instead, it turned into a really amazing experience. I hope to hear more stories like this one.
Click here to view Anna’s full Facebook story.
Lynsey, Community Manager