When Lisa Sarber Aldrich of Grand Rapids, Michigan asked a grocery store bakery employee to write on a cake for her, she thought it was a task that was easy as pie.
What she got in return looked a little half-baked -- but, being a decent human being, she didn’t overreact.
“I thought it looked sloppy, but I was headed to a party where people would probably laugh about it and not take it seriously. It wasn't worth making a big deal out of it,” Aldrich told The Huffington Post.
The cashiers at the grocery store didn't find it so amusing. They gathered around, even taking photos. Aldrich soon learned why the writing was so noteworthy.
“The girl who wrote that has Autism," Aldrich recalls another cashier telling her. "Thank you for smiling and thanking her -- even though she's not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day."
Since Aldrich posted the photo on her Facebook page, the post has gone viral receiving over 100,000 shares on Facebook alone.
“I only shared on Facebook to my small group of friends because I thought it was a nice little story of why it is a good thing to be nice to people. I really didn't do anything special. I didn't know she had Autism until I was paying for the cake,” she told The Huffington Post.
Meijer spokesman Frank Guglielmi confirmed the details of Aldrich's story toNBC New.
“We believe this story seems to resonate with people because it sends the message that a little kindness can go a long way,” Guglielmi told NBC News.
Aldrich agrees, but has another theory:
"I think the post went viral because so many people struggle with negativity and depressing posts all over Facebook. It was nice for them to read something that made them happy.”
And happy it has!