While many would probably laugh at the “ugly” birthday cake made for a woman named Mandy, the story behind this funky cake will touch your heart.
Lisa Sarber Aldrich went to Meijer Gaines Marketplace in Caledonia, Michigan to buy a cake for her sister Mandy. She asked the girl at the counter whether she could write a simple “Happy Birthday Mandy” on the cake. After receiving an affirmative reply, Lisa left the girl and went browsing at the other aisles.
She noticed that it seemed to take forever for the girl to finish her order but because she wasn’t in a hurry, she didn’t really mind. When the cake was finally done, she picked it up from the counter without even checking at the design, smiled at the girl and said “Thank you!”, then went to the checkout counter to pay.
It was there that she noticed the funky scrawls, seemingly made by a child. Lisa did not get angry, thinking that her sister and the people at the party would surely have a few laughs over the funny cake but she told the cashier about it, anyway.
Her story was met with a buzz as the cashier hurriedly called the manager and other employees in the store. It turns out the girl at the counter was not authorized to write on the cakes (but she had graciously accommodated Lisa’s request, anyway) – but that was not the most surprising part. It also turns out that this girl had autism.
The manager and the rest of the staff were definitely not angry at her for writing on the cake but they were all thankful that Lisa did not get angry and scold the girl for her “ugly” cake.
Lisa shared the story on Facebook, adding, “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.’”
Truly, kindness is important. This is the reason why the “ugly” cake went viral. The store confirmed Lisa’s story, telling CNN this: “We are proud to have a great team, which includes people with disabilities. This team member was trying to provide great customer service, and our customer was very kind in the way she handled the situation.”