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A Woman Is Sharing The Amazing Reason She Is Happy With This "Bad"-Looking Cake

"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."

Posted on December 1, 2015, at 5:40 p.m. ET

A Michigan woman is getting a ton of attention on social media after she shared a heartwarming encounter with an autistic grocery store bakery employee.

Lisa Sarber Aldrich of Grand Rapids said in a Facebook post she went to Meijer, a Midwestern grocery chain, on Sunday to pick out a cake for a party.

Aldrich said she asked an employee behind the bakery counter if she could write on the cake, and the woman agreed. The employee took a long time to return, and when she did, presented her with the cake below.

Aldrich said she thanked the employee and walked away from the bakery counter without bothering to look at the cake.

As she headed toward the checkout, Aldrich finally noticed the cake's appearance.

"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," she wrote.

But when Aldrich approached the checkout, she said the store's employees didn't think it was funny.


After calling other workers over and even taking pictures, the employees shared what made the cake so special.

"The girl who wrote that has autism," she said a cashier told her. "Thank you for smiling and thanking her- even though she's not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day."

Aldrich said the moral of her story is "kindness is important."

The post soon began to spread across social media, and has been shared more than 15,000 times. A Meijer spokeswoman confirmed to BuzzFeed News the woman's story was true but had no further details.

Aldrich didn't immediately return a request for comment, but wrote on Facebook she is "totally overwhelmed" by the response to her story.

Facebook: lisa.s.aldrich.1

"I just feel the need to say again- I didn't do anything special," she wrote. "Be nice. That is all."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.