Country Rally’s Behind Bullied Asperger’s Worker

According to the DisabilityScoop, a man who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome made national news last week when his story of bullying by a supermarket customer went viral online.

The news outlet reported that Chris Tuttle, 28, came home from his job at a New York Wegmans grocery store upset after a customer allegedly yelled at him. Tuttle talked to his sister about the issue, who decided to go on Facebook and share his story with users, generating thousands of shares and “likes”, including words of encouragement.

According to Jamie Virkler, Tuttle’s sister, he was helping assist cashiers at the grocery store after it became busy, something he normally does not do. When Tuttle began bagging a customer’s groceries, she allegedly yelled at him for working too slow. Tuttle said that as the customer became abrasive, he smiled and thanked the woman for shopping at the store, but she became more upset.

The customer allegedly complained to a manager, yelling in such a manner that other customers could hear her complaints. “Part 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. To hear him tell the story, your heart will break. He doesn’t understand why someone would be so nasty to him and for him, he takes it personal,” Virkler wrote on Facebook.

Because of her post, news outlets like CNN, FOX, ABC News and the Associated Press have written about Tuttle’s story. After a few days after the incident, Virkler’s post generated over 96,000 likes and more than 15,000 comments. “I’m overwhelmed by all the support and the love by the people I don’t know and I know. I just want to say thank you,” Tuttle told the Syracuse Post-Standard. “I’m letting it go and moving on.”

Find Me a Tulsa Disability Lawyer

We are happy that Tuttle’s story is generating an outpouring of support for people who suffer from Asperger’s syndrome, a disorder that can affect social skills as well as behaviors and interests, with far-reaching conditions.

Many people who suffer from autism or other neurodevelopment disorders are able to work like Tuttle. However, some have more severe impairments, which limit their ability to function at a high level, making it difficult to maintain employment. When someone is not able to work because of a disability, he or she may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

If you are disabled due to injury or a neurological condition, contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers to help you get the benefits you need. We offer free evaluations of your case, and you may reach us by phone at (918) 265-1404.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability attorneys



    I didn't think there was a caring professional considerate attorney firm on the planet, but Troutman & Troutman proved me wrong. From the receptionist to the legal assistance to the attorney and more they were exceptional people.

    - Robert S.

    They did a fantastic job getting everything gathered up and getting the trial done as quickly as possible. Anytime I had a question they were patient and help me understand what was going on. Especially Christy and Charlie were great.

    - Michael M.

    Steve Troutman was able to get my short-term and long-term disability for me. Then Erin another lawyer for their firm got my Social security disability for me. Great people.

    - Billy S.

    Mr. Troutman walked me through the entire process. Heather was available each time I called, answered all my crazy questions, and helped me fill out forms along the way. I was never treated like I was wasting time.

    - Julia C.

    Erin and Keith were fabulous! They were compassionate, helpful, and very responsive! They made the process very smooth and painless every step of the way.

    - Valerie W.

We Are Here to Help 

Free & Confidential Consultations
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.