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UPDATE: Story of Ugly Cake Goes Viral: Everyday Kindness Can Be Extraordinary

When Lisa Aldrich went to a Meijer grocery store for a cake, she never expected it would gain national attention.

Aldrich approached the bakery counter and asked a bakery employee to write “Happy Birthday, Mandy!” on a blank cake. What seemed like a long time later, the bakery employee returned with the cake. Aldrich looked her in the eye, smiled, and thanked her.

When she did finally look down at the cake on her way to the checkout lane, she gave a nervous laugh and kept on walking — the cake was a bit unusual, but fine!

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However, the cake caused a buzz in the self-checkout lane. The cashier called over other cashiers as well as the store manager to take a look at the cake. A few of them took a few pictures of the cake — and then the cashier thanked Aldrich. She went on to explain that the bakery worker has autism and wasn’t supposed to write on cakes. However, she didn’t get in trouble for it; her job was to do whatever she needed to do to serve the customer, and that’s exactly what she did!

“To my surprise,” Adrich said, “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.'”

Later, Aldrich checked in with the store manager to make sure the bakery worker hadn’t gotten in trouble for helping her, and she was assured she hadn’t.

Aldrich has been flabbergasted at the attention her act of kindness has received since she posted the story on Facebook. “I guess the moral of the story is that kindness is important!” she said.


Story Update:

The Meijer employee with autism, Abie Ezinga, has recently spoken up to the media about her take on the viral event. She also thanked Aldrich for her kindness and understanding. Check out the interview in this video!

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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest.