Having a child with learning difficulties can be difficult, especially as they struggle to understand how to behave in social situations sometimes, which effectively can make going out for dinner a bit of a nightmare.
In this story, a woman tells the tale of when she took her autistic sister out to a restaurant. Her younger sister can often be disruptive, and a lot of people are rude and insulting, because they don’t understand.
However, the waitress in the diner they were eating at had a very shocking reaction to the little girls behaviour and you need to read what she did…
I want to share the experience that my husband, 7 year old autistic sister and I had today at the Chili’s location in Midvale, UT. Arianna, my little sister, didn’t waste any time when our waitress, Lauren, greeted us at our table. Arianna promptly ordered her cheeseburger with pickles, french fries, and chocolate milk before Lauren could even take our drink order.
Lauren smiled and told Arianna, “Okay! I’ll be right back with your chocolate milk!”. When we got our food I was wondering why Arianna wouldn’t touch her cheeseburger, but was going to town on her french fries.
I asked her, “Arianna are you going to eat your cheeseburger?”
She calmly said, “No, I don’t want it.” Cheeseburgers, or ‘Krabby Patties’ as we sometimes call them, are her FAVORITE! So this behavior was VERY strange.
So I asked her, “Why don’t you want it?”.
She replied, “It’s broken. I need another one thats fixed.” Then it dawned on me why she wasn’t eating it. It’s because it was cut in half.
Being a child with autism, she has to have certain things in a particular order at all times. One slight change in her routine can change the course of the day instantly. When Lauren came back to check on us, I asked if we could order another cheeseburger and just add it to our check. She had a concerned look on her face so I explained that Arianna has autism, and that in her mind, because the cheeseburger was cut in half, she thinks its broken and can’t eat it. I told Lauren I knew it sounded silly, but if we could just order an additional one we will gladly pay for it because there was nothing wrong with the one that was originally brought out.
You won’t believe what happened next…