Tens of thousands take to Facebook to defend longtime Wegmans employee with Aspergers
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:09:01 GMT —
Tens of thousands of people on Facebook are showing their support for a local Wegmans employee in Clay after a customer yelled at him and caused a scene because he was checking her out too slowly.
Chris Tuttle has worked at the John Glenn Wegmans for seven years, but on Sunday, his sister, Jamie Tuttle-Virkler posted a story on her Facebook page for Turtle Landing Retreat.
Tuttle-Virkler says her brother, who has Asperger's Syndrome, is one of the happiest people she knows. But on Saturday, Tuttle was faced with an unruly customer who yelled at him for being "too slow." He was upset about the incident hours later.
"I tell him all the time, some people will 'get you' and some won't," said Tuttle-Virkler in the post. "The people that 'get you,' those people are your friends, focus your energy there."
By Monday night, the post had over 81,000 likes on Facebook, and.had been shared more than 12,000 times. Friends, strangers, and customers also shared comments for Chris: nearly 13,000 of them.
Tuttle and his sister have been overwhelmed by the comments. "It brings a tear to my eye every time I read them," he said.
"I cried and cried, really," said Tuttle-Virkler. "And so I went right away to pick him [Chris] up and I was like, 'Chris, oh my gosh, I can't believe this! Look at how many people love you!'"
Tuttle appreciates all the support, which as come from as far away as Australia, the United Kingdom and Greece.
"It makes me feel like I'm a big star, or a rock star, you know," said Tuttle. "Where I've got like all these people cheering me on and like, it just makes me feel good about myself."
In a statement, Wegmans said it "is proud of Chris and the other Wegmans team member in the way they handled a difficult customer interaction. We support all our employees in their efforts to provide incredible customer service."