Skip to comments.Autistic Girl's 'Broken Cheeseburger' Story Goes Viral
Posted on 03/26/2013 10:28:43 AM PDT by rawhide
A local Chili's restaurant in Midvale, Utah, might have made the grave mistake of "breaking" one little girl's cheeseburger by cutting it in half, but the waitress, manager and line cooks more than made up for it Sunday when they presented her with a brand new "fixed" one.
Seven-year-old Arianna Hill is autistic and she loves cheeseburgers. But apparently, ones that are cut in half just won't do.
"We just decided we were going to get some lunch before we were taking her to see the Easter bunny," Arianna's older sister, Anna MacLean, 25, told ABCNews.com.
However,when Arianna's burger was delivered to the table,MacLean noticed that Arianna wasn't touching it, but instead only eating her french fries.
"Her verbal skills aren't the best, but she can communicate basic things,"MacLean said."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.'"
Fortunately,the restaurant didn't skip a beat in correcting the broken burger and their compassionate actions have now gone viral.
"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,"said MacLean."I just told her to charge it to us and she said,'No way.'She was just so sweet and played along with Arianna."
The Chili's server,Lauren Wells,didn't hesitate before leaning down to personally apologize for the broken burger and assured Arianna she would bring her a brand new fixed one.
"The manager came over and did the same thing.It was really a big deal.The line cooks even got involved," 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."
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Dang screen is going blurry again.
where is the video?
I agree with the girl.
I can see cutting a footlong sub in half, but a hamburger, or regular sort of ‘sammich’? Don’t cut ‘em.
Wait, the parents didn’t call 911 or sue?
I rarely cut a burger in half, unless it’s a really big one.
Yeah, got that, too. Must be the resolution.
Don't think there is one. It's her "story" that went viral, not a video.
wait a minute...she should not be having a CHEESEBURGER, at all!!!
Should be interesting when this girl opens her first bag of Wonder Bread.
I just got my new prescription/glasses from the eye doctor. They were working great, but have suddenly become defective.
What a gracious older sister, asking for it to be added to the bill. No wonder the Chili’s staff responded especially kindly in return and did no such thing.
I absolutely agree. Sometimes a real stud of an individual has narrow shoulders and boobs. The customer is always right
Now that’s heart warming.
Thank you for the laugh. . .cleared up my screen.
Just read this on Gov. Palin’s Facebook page :)
Here is the original post on Facebook:
Anna Kaye MacLean
Chilis Grill & Bar
I want to share the experience that my husband, 7 year old autistic sister and I had today at the Chilis location in Midvale, UT. Arianna, my little sister, didnt waste any time when our waitress, Lauren, greeted us at our table. Arianna promptly ordered her cheeseburger with pickles, french fries, and chocolate milk before Lauren could even take our drink order. Lauren smiled and told Ariann...a, Okay! Ill be right back with your chocolate milk!. When we got our food I was wondering why Arianna wouldnt touch her cheeseburger, but was going to town on her french fries. I asked her, Arianna are you going to eat your cheeseburger? She calmly said, No, I dont want it. Cheeseburgers, or Krabby Patties as we sometimes call them, are her FAVORITE! So this behavior was VERY strange. So I asked her, Why dont you want it?. She replied, Its broken. I need another one thats fixed.
Then it dawned on me why she wasnt eating it. Its because it was cut in half. Being a child with autism, she has to have certain things in a particular order at all times. One slight change in her routine can change the course of the day instantly. When Lauren came back to check on us, I asked if we could order another cheeseburger and just add it to our check. She had a concerned look on her face so I explained that Arianna has autism, and that in her mind, because the cheeseburger was cut in half, she thinks its broken and cant eat it. I told Lauren I knew it sounded silly, but if we could just order an additional one we will gladly pay for it because there was nothing wrong with the one that was originally brought out.
Lauren was so sweet and just smiled and went along with Arianna, telling her I brought you a broken cheeseburger?! You know what, Ill have them cook you a new one! I loved this because rather than just taking it from the table, she actually TOLD Arianna what she was doing. While this seems insignificant, by her telling Arianna what she was doing, we avoided a melt down.
The manager, Bradley Cottermole, then came to our table, kneeled down, and said to Arianna, I heard we gave you a broken cheeseburger! I am so sorry about that! We are making you a brand new one that isnt broken, with pickles! Ill bring you some french fries to munch on while youre waiting, ok? A couple of minutes later, Lauren arrived back at our table with cheeseburger #2. Arianna said, OH FANK YOU! You fixded my cheeseburger! When Lauren walked away, Arianna just sat there for a second and looked at her new burger. She looked like so deep in thought....just staring at it....then she let out a big OH I missed you!! and started kissing the burger over and over again.
I showed Lauren this picture and said, I think we glorified the cheeseburger too much! She busted up laughing, and asked if she could go show her manager. She came back a minute later and said she showed everyone in the back kitchen area too, and that it made them all laugh and smile.
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 from Lauren and Bradley. Everyone, from the hostess to the chef, played a role in what most people would think isnt a big deal. But this entirely shaped how the rest of our day would go. I know...a cheeseburger cut in half literally could make or break our day. In this case thanks to the professionalism of the crew in Midvale, it made our day. And Im sure Arianna brightened up at least one of the employees days with her silly little personality. Thank you.
‘wait a minute...she should not be having a CHEESEBURGER, at all!!!’
Moochelle will not be happy...
Thanks. I reshared that.
Helping hand: Anna MacLean with her autistic sister Arianna
Here is a video of the incident: http://www.abc4.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoid=3994467
And a link to an article with more details: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2299384/Chilli-burger-Autistic-girl-kisses-cheeseburger-fixed-kindhearted-Chilis-staff-eat-sliced-two.html
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