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27th Mar 2013

Restaurant Helps Little Girl With Autism & The Picture Goes Viral

The picture of Arianna Hill kissing her burger has spread like wildfire online.

It’s cold outside so how about a heartwarming story? A waitress at a popular fast food chain in America ‘fixed’ a ‘broken’ burger for a little girl with autism and the story has attracted more than half a million likes on social networking websites.

The Huffington Post reports that Arianna Hill, a little girl from Utah loves cheeseburgers but was unable to eat one at her local Chili’s restaurant because it came chopped in half.

“It’s broken. I need another one that’s fixed,” explained the seven-year-old to her big sister, Anna MacLean.

You see because Arianna suffers from autism, she needs to have certain things in a particular order at all times. The ‘broken’ burger was upsetting the little girl, so her sister explained the situation to a waitress and said she was willing to pay for a new meal. However, the staff were happy to serve up a whole meal to Arianna free of charge.

When the new burger arrived at her table, Arianna made staff at the restaurant laugh as she showered it with kisses.

Arianna and her big sister, Anna (image via Facebook)

“I was so touched by this experience. Especially since I know people who have been asked to leave restaurants when their child with autism is being disruptive,” wrote Ms MacLean on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“One slight change in her routine can change the course of the day instantly,” Ms MacLean explained.

Harrison Dixson, the general manager of the restaurant, said that he’s received dozens of calls from people and authorities who have thanked him for the way that his staff handled the situation with Arianna.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am of those two,” he said referring to Lauren Wells and Brad Cattermole, the waitress and the manager who were on duty the day Arianna visited the restaurant.

“I’ve been with this company for 13 years and I’ve never been as proud as I am today,” Mr Dixson added.

There’s nothing better than a simple act of human kindness and understanding is there? Fair play to the restaurant and their staff.