Yesterday I wrote a story about how a complete stranger managed to inject a bit of rude weirdness into an afternoon Easter Egg hunt for kids.
But it’s always my aim to try and concentrate my stuff on the brighter side of things if I can and so today brings about a new tale, this one a testament to the fact that while there are plenty of lunkheads out there in the world, there are just as many people who help out strangers for no reason at all but because they are cool cool people.
From Midvale, Utah, comes this story over on ABC News about how simple things can make a real huge difference in this world.
According to the article, 25-year-old Anna MacLean was spending the day with her 12-year-old sister, Arianna, taking her to see the Easter bunny after they had some lunch at a neighborhood Chili’s restaurant. Arianna, who happens to be autistic, is a cheeseburger lover and so that is what she wanted for her meal, but after the food came, her sister noticed that she wasn’t touching the sandwich at all.
“Her verbal skills aren’t the best, but she can communicate basic things,” MacLean told ABC. “I asked why she wasn’t eating and she said, ‘I don’t want it. It’s broken.’ She said, ‘I need one that’s fixed.'”
As it turns out, Arianna likes her burgers like most of America…in one big old piece. And this one was cut in half!
In a very interesting observation the ABC News writer notes how Anna MacLean “loves spending time with Arianna, but is always prepared to come across someone who might not be as understanding of her special needs.”
(Many of us have never had to deal with that sort of an issue when it comes to a child we love and spend time with.)
But I’m happy to say that that wasn’t the way things ended up.
“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,” MacLean told ABC News. “I just told her to charge it to us and she said, ‘No way.’ She was just so sweet and played along with Arianna.”
How awesome is that? Given a choice between just going through the motions or trying to make the absolute best of a situation, this waitress took the super high road. The server, whose name is Lauren Wells, then actually apologized to young Anna and told her that she was going to get her a burger that was ‘fixed.’
Which she absolutely did. As did the manager of the restaurant and the line cooks too.
“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.”
Anna MacLean was blown away by the whole experience and uploaded a photo of her happy sister kissing her sandwich to Facebook.
And the rest is cool viral history, as you and me read about how damn excellent the world can be when we least expect it.
Chili’s in Midvale, Utah: eat there if you can.
Image: Good Morning America