Autistic Boy's Treatment At McDonald's Goes Viral

| by Zara Zhi
The exterior of a McDonald's restaurantThe exterior of a McDonald's restaurant

A fast-food worker in the U.K. was praised on social media for helping an autistic boy with his order.

When Katie Deyes, 19, and her brother, Alex, 16, went to a local McDonald’s in Mold, Wales, they were served by Aled Griffith.

“We were greeted by a lovely young lad whose name was Aled, who said hello to my brother and explained he had met him the previous evening when one of Alex’s [caregivers] took him in for tea,” Katie wrote on Facebook.

“The [caregiver] told us how Aled had encouraged Alex to order his own food and find the right money to hand over without rushing him.”

Katie went on to say that the employee remembered that her brother didn’t drink his Fruit Shoot out of the bottle and offered an empty cup without her asking him.

“He then came over to our table and offered to swap Alex’s Happy Meal toy as he had given him the same one the previous evening - my brother loves collecting these toys so getting an extra, new one, was really exciting for him,” she said.

“Aled said goodbye to us as we left and left Alex feeling really happy and has asked if we can go back again to sit in and I believe that’s because Aled was so friendly towards him!”

Katie says that she, her family and her brother’s custodians are always grateful when someone makes an extra effort with Alex because it can be difficult to care for him at times.

“We usually opt for the drive-through option, but Aled made it fun and easy for us both to go in and for Alex to enjoy his meal without any funny looks or comments,” she said.

The post has garnered more than 18,000 likes on Facebook since she posted it on June 28, according to Huffington Post. Hundreds of people commented on Katie’s page to thank Griffith.

“Aled is a credit to the Mold McDonald’s team (and McDonald’s as a whole) and I felt he deserved a mention and massive thank you,” said one user.

“Well done Aled. You are a credit to your family, who no doubt will be so proud of you, and to McDonald’s,” another person wrote.

“Well done Aled, it just goes to show there are still decent people out there.”

According to Wales Online, Griffith has seen the Facebook post and was humbled by it. He commented: "Thank you for this but there was no need, honestly. I’m just glad he enjoyed his meal and of course his toys."

“It meant the world to me. It was really heartwarming and amazing to see my brother so happy,” Katie told Wales Online.

Sources: Huffington Post, Wales Online / Photo credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr​

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