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Story Behind This Birthday Cake Will Make Your Day

A recent photo posted on Facebook takes the cake for best birthday cake photo of the year. Lisa Sarber Aldrich from Michigan picked out a white frosted cake with pink icing at Meijer grocery store and ended up with something pretty special.

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Aldrich asked a "bakery-looking employee" to write a message for her. She wrote on Facebook: "After a long time, (the employee) came and presented me with this cake. I looked her in the eye and said thank you before I even looked at the cake. ... It didn't really matter to me that it looked so bad—I thought people would think it was funny."

But when she got to self-checkout, the cashiers and employees, including a manager, looked at the cake and realized what had happened.

"One cashier put her arm on my shoulder," Aldrich wrote, "and said 'the girl who wrote that has autism. Thank you for smiling and thanking her—even though she's not supposed to write on cakes, you probably made her day.'"

The post has currently been shared more than 144,000 times since Sunday.

"This team member was trying to provide great customer service, and our customer was very kind in the way she handled the situation," Meijer spokesman Frank Guglielmi told NBC News. "We believe this story seems to resonate with people because it sends the message that a little kindness can go a long way."

A long way, indeed.

Photograph by: Facebook/ Lisa Sarber Aldrich

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