A Utah Chili’s restaurant really stepped up when an autistic girl was unhappy with her meal. According to a March 26 ABC News report, Anna MacLean, 25, took her seven-year-old sister, Arianna Hill, to lunch at the chain before seeing the Easter bunny over the weekend.
Arianna was excited to order a cheeseburger, but didn’t touch it when it arrived. She has trouble verbalizing her thoughts and feelings, but explained she couldn’t eat the burger because it was “broken.”
The burger had been cut in half before being served to Arianna, which upset her. Autistic children are often very rigid in their habits and a “broken burger,” was a big deal to the girl.
Her sister explained the situation to the waitress, who immediately got down to Arianna’s level and apologized for breaking her cheeseburger. An uncut replacement was quickly brought out. The manager also stopped by to apologize.
Anna put a posted a photo of Arianna kissing the unbroken burger on Facebook. It has received over 100,000 likes. Everyone from Good Morning America to Autism Speaks is praising the Chili’s staff on how they handled the autistic girl’s broken cheeseburger.