Waitress Fixes Autistic Girl's 'Broken' Cheeseburger

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girl kisses cheeseburgerEvery day we hear of way too many stories in which children with autism and their families face challenges, ignorance, and outright abuse. So it's heartwarming to come upon one in which they receive spontaneous kindness and compassion. This story out of Utah is a great one that will restore a little of your faith in humanity.

It happened at a Chili's in Midvale, Utah, when 7-year-old Arianna Hill was having lunch with her older sister, Anna MacLean, 25, before going to visiting the Easter Bunny. According to Good Morning America, Arianna, who has autism, ordered a cheeseburger, but didn't want to eat it because it was cut in half, or "broken," in her mind. She told her sister, "I need one that's fixed."

Her sister was quick to try to remedy the situation, but fully expected to pay for another burger. She told ABC News:

Our waitress came back over and I felt bad. I don't really expect people to understand these special requests, so I just told her to add a new burger to our bill. I just told her to charge it to us and she said, 'No way.' She was just so sweet and played along with Arianna.

She said their server, Lauren Wells, didn't just replace it for free, but she personally apologized to Arianna for the mistake. Then the manager came over and apologized as well. The line cooks even got involved. All of this completely thrilled Arianna, especially when her new "fixed" burger came back. MacLean said:

When she brought it back out, Arianna said, 'Oh, thank you! You brought me a fixed cheeseburger.' She sat there and looked at it and said, 'Oh I missed you,' and kissed it over and over again.

It's such a little thing, but what a big difference it made to this little girl and her sister. MacLean posted the photo online, and the story has since gone viral. She wrote on her Facebook page:

I was so touched by this experience. Especially since I know people who have been asked to leave restaurants when their child with autism is being disruptive. I expected a few different things with this scenario based on past experiences, but I did NOT expect such kind and compassionate mannerisms.

Way to go, Chili's. If only more people took the time to give that little bit of extra compassion and consideration, the world would be such a better place for children with autism and their families ... and for everyone else too.

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tecsa... tecsabates

That is awesome!

bills... billsfan1104

I read this on FB yesterday and bawled my eyes out. That waitress and manager and cook and whole staff should be applauded!! It started with the waitress and it was beautiful

carole76 carole76

Feel good story, love this.

Serab... Serabelle

This is why Chili's > Applebees!

the4m... the4mutts

Gah! Screw you, now Im crying at 2am, when I was hoping to read myself back to sleep! LoL

CPN322 CPN322

My mom posted this story last night and it brought happy tears to my eyes. I wish this was the norm.

steph... stephanieplante

it came to my attention from a fellow friend with an autistic child a MOM on cafe mom thinks the parents here should have told the girl to just eat the burger.......to this mom I have this to say....

Autism is not a behavioral disorder.....these kids brains are TRUELY wired differently than other kids...and while to  you the burger was simply cut in half... to this girl it was NOT right- NOT routine-NOT the way she's used to receiving it. These kids are all about ROUTINE and SAMENESS it is what makes their world ALOT easier to cope with. Some kids are more felixible than others- and I am sorry but while in a resturant setting... yes we will do whatever we need to do you make our experince a pleasant one, and in doing so we are also thinking of those around us- skirtting an all out tantrum over something small and fixable.

I know my own apserger son, almost 5, has a burning NEED to be the one to activate the automatic doorsat stores...now that hes older hes understanding more that he can't always do it but sometimes he can. I used to have to bring his own food when going out to eat because he has texture issues to this day and will not eat alot of kinds of food. Now so long as we go someplace with grilled cheese or chicken nuggets are are golden. It is who he IS. Plain and simple. At home we try and get him to try new things, new textures and whatever....but when out we totally try and make it the best experience for everyone.

Lorraine Thornton Nicholson

Thank you Chilis for having such understanding people there... I have a grandson that is Autistic. And sometimes it can be vey trying....on everyone.They are special angels in my book...

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