A usual trip to the grocery store took an unexpected turn for a mother from the United Kingdom, who has a 12-year-old son with Asperger’s Syndrome.
In September 2016, Hermione Shawcross went shopping at a Tesco grocery store in Norfolk, England, she said. After finishing her shopping, she found an empty checkout line and started laying her items on the conveyor belt, according to LittleThings.
“The guy on the till said hello and started scanning my items as I was still putting them on the belt the other end,” Hermione said. “You can imagine the pile of stuff that was waiting for me when I went to go pack.”
Rob, the cashier, repeatedly counted her grocery bags, smashed her loaf of bread, and recounted her change multiple times.
Based on his behavior and her own knowledge, She noticed that Rob was autistic.
When she went home, she posted her experience on Facebook. But, this is not the negative post many people expected to find.
This way, Hermione wanted everyone to know about Rob and especially his boss. She was very understanding and wanted to praise Rob and Tesco.
In her post, she described how she asked for five bags for her groceries and Rob meticulously counted each one.
“When I asked him for 5 bags he counted each one, then recounted them a further 2 times before handing them over to me,” she said.
When she went to pay, he counted the money she handed him carefully. Before Rob gave her her change, he counted it out several times.
“But you know every moment of that was just perfect,” Hermione said.
Her 12-year-old son has Asperger’s Syndrome, she said. “See this guy is Autistic. As a mother of a 12 years Autistic boy, this makes my heart smile.”
She told Tesco that Rob was a good employee. She also wanted everyone to know that by giving Rob a job, Tesco was helping to change people’s attitudes about those with autism.
She ended her post by thanking Tesco and said, “it was a pleasure shopping with you today.”
Hermione hoped this story will remind people to be patient with others and not be so quick to judge them.