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To the Subway Employees Who Made the 'Wrong' Sandwich for My Son With Autism

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You didn’t know my son is on the autism spectrum when he asked for a sandwich with ham and pepperoni and nothing else on it. He pointed to the meat in the display counter. 

You made a sandwich for a cold cut combo with pre-prepped meat, and we took it home.

Fifteen minutes later I was back and explaining he wouldn’t eat it because the pre-prepped meat wasn’t the same color as the meat in the display counter. I told you he has Asperger’s syndrome and cannot eat the one you made. So you kindly remade it with meat from the display counter, and I am grateful.

What you don’t know is he has sensory issues with many things like clothes, noise and food. He only eats about 12 things period, and venturing into Subway was a big deal for him. He came unglued when the meat didn’t look the same in that sandwich, and it put him into an anxiety attack. Every day is a challenge to prep food for him that he will not find too crunchy, or too sticky or too something. It is beyond his control.

Thank you, for your kindness — for just understanding and making the sandwich again with the same meat, only a different color, to make a little boy less anxious so he could eat. You made our night.

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Originally published: April 18, 2016
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