Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thousands Rally Behind Worker With Asperger’s

When a customer berated a supermarket employee with Asperger’s syndrome for working too slowly, the story quickly went viral with tens-of-thousands coming to the worker’s defense.
Jamie Virkler, 43, took to Facebook over the weekend after her brother, Chris Tuttle, 28, came home from his job at a Clay, N.Y. Wegmans store upset that a customer yelled at him.
Tuttle said he was helping out at the cash registers because the store was busy. When bagging a customer’s groceries, Tuttle said the woman yelled at him for working too slow. Tuttle told The (Syracuse, N.Y.) Post-Standard that he finished the job, smiled and thanked the woman for shopping at the store.
Still unhappy, however, the customer reportedly complained to the manager and yelled such that everyone could hear.
After hearing about her brother’s experience at work, Virkler wrote about the incident in aFacebook post asking others to help cheer him up.
Read Michelle Diament's Disability Scoop article HERE.
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