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"Broken" Chili's Burger becomes viral act of kindness

MIDVALE, Utah (ABC 4 news) - With more than 400,000 likes on Facebook, a story from a local chili's has gone viral. A Midvale woman wrote a gracious letter on the chili's Facebook page after the staff at her local restaurant "fixed" what her autistic little sister saw as "broken."
With more than 400,000 likes on Facebook, a story from a local chili's has gone viral. A Midvale woman wrote a gracious letter on the chili's Facebook page after the staff at her local restaurant "fixed" what her autistic little sister saw as "broken." the waitress thought what she did was just part of her job, but she learned Monday, she was doing much more.

Hundreds of thousands of likes, shares, and comments later, people are coming up to Lauren wells at the Midvale chili's to get their picture taken with her.

"I am so surprised, I definitely did not expect it at all," wells said.

Sunday, Lauren was waiting on Anna and Alex MacLean and their 7 year old sister Arianna when the little girl ordered a cheeseburger. When Arianna got it, she noticed something wrong.

"It broke," she said.

Like every other kid's burger, Arianna’s had been cut in half before it left the kitchen.

"That’s when Anna pulled me aside and was like I’m so sorry this is going to sound so silly but could we get her another burger? She's autistic and thinks this one is broken because it's cut in half and I just said absolutely, I am so sorry I brought you a broken cheeseburger, I’ll go get you a new one," Lauren recalled.

After a visit by the store's manager, Arianna got more french fries, and then the "fixed" burger appeared.

"a couple of us knew what was going on and so when we took the burger back there were a couple of us watching in the background and she was just so cute staring at it for awhile then going down and kissing it. It was just so sweet," said manager Brad Cattermole.

The MacLean’s said that simple act of kindness turned what could have been a bad situation into the highlight of Arianna’s day.

"I think that was just a perfect example of how people should interact with everybody I mean not just special needs kids," Anna said.

And as fast as it's spreading online, it looks like a lot of people agree.

Lauren and Anna have actually become Facebook friends as well. So, not only did Lauren get a customer for life, she may have gotten a friend too.

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