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Birthday Cake for Mandy Frosted With Tender Autism Innocence

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(Lisa Sarber Aldrich/Facebook)

By    |   Thursday, 03 Dec 2015 09:42 AM

A cake with a scrawled "Happy Birthday Mandy" touched many on social media after a Facebook post by a woman who bought it at a Michigan store and learned the purple message in the frosting was scribbled by a bakery helper with autism who was just doing what she was asked.

Lisa Aldrich purchased the cake at the Gaines Township Meijer last weekend and she asked a girl standing there in the store's bakery to write on it "Happy Birthday Mandy." She said she didn't look at the cake until she was ready to pay for it, said WOOD-TV.
 

Picked out a cake at Meijer. Asked bakery-looking-employee if she could write on it for me. She said she would, and...

Posted by Lisa Sarber Aldrich on Sunday, November 29, 2015

"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," said Aldrich in her post. "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," said Aldrich.

Aldrich's Facebook post has been shared more than 141,000 times, with numerous comments thanking her for her kindness. One commenter asked Aldrich for the bakery worker's name so she could get her to write on her cake as well.

Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, an advocate for autism awareness, joined in sharing Aldrich's post, too.

"We are proud to have a great team, which includes people with disabilities," a Meijer's spokesperson told CNN. "This team member was trying to provide great customer service, and our customer was very kind in the way she handled the situation."

The story also struck a chord with readers on Twitter.


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A cake with a scrawled "Happy Birthday Mandy" touched many on social media after a Facebook post by a woman who bought it at a Michigan store and learned the purple message in the frosting was scribbled by a bakery helper with autism who was just doing what she was asked.
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