Autistic Girl’s ‘Broken Cheeseburger’ Garners 400,000 Facebook Likes, Becomes Viral Act of Kindness

Prepare yourself, readers, for this act of kindness — it’s about to make your heart melt.

This week at a local Chili’s in Midvale, Utah, 25-year old Anna MacLean was treating her 7-year sister Arianna to one of her favorite things: cheeseburgers. Arianna is autistic, and with limited communication skills, has trouble conversing about things beyond her basic needs.

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After receiving both of their burgers, Anna noticed that her sister was avoiding eating her burger and simply mincing on her fries instead. Asked why she wasn’t eating, Arianna replied about the burger being cut in half: “I don’t want it. It’s broken. I need one that’s fixed.” You can’t argue with a girl who knows what she likes. Anna, always prepared to encounter individuals that don’t understand Arianna’s special needs, didn’t send the burger back but instead asked her waitress to add another burger to the check. Without missing a beat, waitress Lauren Wells leaned down to apologize for the broken burger and promised to bring out a fixed one free of charge.

“The manager came over and did the same thing. It was really a big deal. The line cooks even got involved,” Anna states in an interview with ABC News. “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.”

MacLean quickly snapped a picture of her little sister kissing her beloved burger, and in just 24 hours after it was uploaded to Facebook the photo had received over 400,000 likes and 10,000 comments. Adding to the story and photo’s viral impact, organizations such as Autism Speaks have come forward to thank the restaurant staff for their kindness and accommodating attitude towards Arianna.

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