Outpouring of Support for Grocery Store Employee With Asperger's Berated for Slowness


She posted the message at 8:22 a.m. on Sunday and by the time she finished work that afternoon she had more than a hundred text messages and friends telling her to check the Facebook page.

There were hundreds of responses. As of today, the post has more than 92,000 likes, over 14,000 shares and nearly 15,000 comments for Tuttle.

"I automatically started crying," Virkler said. "I got chills. I was just so happy that people could come forth and share a little something."

She said her brother has been thrilled by the outpouring of kindness.

"He is absolutely trying to read and comment or at least like everybody," Virkler said. "I don't want even one comment to go missed. Total strangers are making them so personal."

"Hello Chris. As a child I was taught a song in church. I don't know the title but the song went "this little light of mine I'm gonna let it shine....and the song goes on," a post from a woman named Myra Hilliard said. "Anyway. Don't allow someone else's action to blow out your light. You are at Wegmans for a purpose. You are the light that brings joy to people. Keep the light within you shining and share it with all. You are a blessing to all that come in contact with you."

"May he be able to move on from this awful experience. Chris you are a wonderful special young man," Jackie Vega Marrero wrote in another post. "My son is 13 and has disabilities as well and it is difficult for him to deal with people yelling. We have special kids that will teach people kindness and patients. May God continue blessing him."

Thousands of other messages convey support and other personal stories. The notes are from all over the country and around the globe.

Virkler said that strangers have been coming to the grocery store all week to see her brother. One woman came in to drop off a thank you card for him and another couple drove from 30 minutes away to meet him.

"He's absolutely on cloud nine," Virkler said.

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