Internet comforts man with Asperger’s syndrome who was told he was ‘TOO SLOW’

By Scott Kaufman
Monday, November 11, 2013 12:43 EDT
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The Internet has come to the defense of a Wegmans supermarket employee with Asperger’s syndrome in Clay, New York, who was yelled at by a customer who complained that he was checking her out “TOO SLOW.”

Chris Tuttle had been placed on register duty on Sunday, a position with which he is not familiar, when a woman became infuriated with the pace at which he was checking her out. According to his sister, Jamie Tuttle-Virkler, her brother didn’t “understand why someone would be so nasty to him and for him, he takes it personal.”

“[I]n the middle of her transaction,” Tuttle-Virkler wrote, the woman “left to complain loudly to a manager, came back to his line and he was so shaken, dropped a candle she bought on the ground and it shattered. The customer’s problem? Chris was checking her out…TOO SLOW and she was furious. She yelled at him, the manager and anyone else who would listen.”

Tuttle-Virkler posted about the incident on Facebook, and to date it has been liked by more than 20,000 people. In the post, she notes that “[p]art of Asperger’s is the inability to move on, to not be able to wrap his mind around the fact that this woman isn’t worth it,” so the “likes” and “shares” and comments are helping her brother realize that he was wronged party.

“Chris deserves better,” she wrote, “and if he’s ever put a smile on your heart, could you let him know?”

[Image via Tuttle-Virkler's Facebook post]

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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