GAINES TWP., Mich (WWJ) – A picture of a cake that was decorated at a west Michigan Meijer has gone viral on social media as people learn the heartwarming story behind the employee who created it.
Lisa Sarber Aldrich said she was at the Meijer store in Gaines Township shopping for a birthday cake when she asked a “bakery-looking-employee” if she would write a message on one of their cakes. The employee agreed and after a little while, she gave the finished cake back to Aldrich.
“I looked her In the eye and said thank you before I even looked at the cake,” Aldrich wrote on Facebook.
When she finally caught a glimpse of the cake, she was surprised at what she saw.
“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,” Aldrich wrote.
While at the self-check out, the cake caught the attention of a few cashiers who didn’t think it was so funny.
“The cashiers … called a few more cashiers and a manager over to look, even taking pictures,” Aldrich wrote. “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.'”
Aldrich said she talked to the store and they assured her the woman who wrote on the cake did not get in trouble, that she was just following orders to do whatever she needed to do to serve the customer’s needs.
“So I guess the moral of the story is that kindness is important,” said Aldrich.
The Facebook post has been shared more than 80,000 times.