Michigan woman's photo of cake decorated by girl with autism goes viral

A photo of a birthday cake and the story of the baker behind it have gone viral, as the Michigan woman behind it says she hopes people are inspired by the experience to be nice to others.

Lisa Aldrich purchased a cake from Gaines Township Meijer and asked an employee to write a birthday message on it, Fox 17 reported. Without glancing at the finished product, she thanked the employee and headed to check out. When she finally looked down, she saw the message wasn’t done the neat way she had expected.

Picked out a cake at Meijer. Asked bakery-looking-employee if she could write on it for me. She said she would, and...

Posted by Lisa Sarber Aldrich on Sunday, November 29, 2015

“I nervously laughed and headed to check out – it didn’t matter to me that it looked so bad – I thought people would think it was funny. The cashiers at self-check-out didn’t think it was so funny,” Aldrich posted on her Facebook page. Despite their insistence that she be brought a new cake, Aldrich kept the one she had.

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“To my surprise, after they discussed it, one cashier put her arm on my shoulder and said ‘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,’” Aldrich posted.

Nearly 8,000 people had shared the post on Facebook, with local autism groups and Lt. Governor Brian Calley leading the charge.