CLAY, NY – Thousands have expressed support for Wegman’s 28-year-old Chris Tuttle with a form of autism that was cursed by a customer on Saturday for complaining too slowly, Syracuse.com said.
After the incident, Tuttle’s sister Jamie Tuttle-Virkler posted a message about the incident on her Facebook page.
Yesterday at Wegmans, a customer got angry at him and then complained to a manager in the middle of his transaction. He returned to his line and was so shocked that he dropped a candle he had bought and broken it.
“Tuttle-Virkler released”. Fortunately, the manager immediately removed it from the file because he was clearly upset. Customer problem? Chris checked VERY SLOW and she was mad. He yelled at the manager and everyone who wanted to hear him.
Tuttle-Virkler noted in his article that his brother was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties in social interaction and repetitive patterns or behaviors. Tuttle-Virkler said the incident really bothered her brother.
“Part of Asperger is the inability to continue and not accept that this woman is not worth it,” wrote Tuttle-Virkler. Your heart will break when I hear you narrate the story.
Tuttle-Virkler asked his Facebook friends for a favor. He asked people to comment on the message or contact Tuttle when they saw him at MyWegmansConnect to let him know they were taking care of him.
If you’ve ever drawn a smile on your heart, can you let him know? He writes.
On November 13, the social media post received almost 132,000 “likes” and was shared more than 20,000 times on the social network.
The Wegmans manager in Clay, New York, where Tuttle works, said customers had called the store, asked for Syracuse.com, and even sent letters of thanks. The store released a statement Monday saying it was proud of the way its employees handled the incident.
Tuttle was invited to join the C.A.R.E (Attention and Mutual Recognition) team at MyWegmansConnect, a group that organizes holidays and thank you comments.
“I love my job,” Tuttle told Syracuse.com. I am impressed by all the immense support and love for people I don’t know or know. I just want to say ‘thank you.'”