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8-year-old girl with Asperger’s syndrome gets job tidying shelves at supermarket

By Mason White 12:00 PM May 21, 2015
Carina Brooks at work 

By: Mahesh Sarin
An 8-year-old girl was excited when her application for a job at a supermarket was approved.

The primary school girl of Scotland, who suffers from Asperger syndrome, was given a “job” in Aldi, after she impressed the manager of the store with an enthusiastic letter.

8-year-old Carina Brooks of Glasgow, would often accompany her mother to the supermarket and she loved to tidy up the shelves.

One day, after watching the girl make the shelves in order during a shopping trip with her mother Linda, store manager Oliver Tingey joked and told the child that she should apply for a job at the store.

Carina took the suggestion literally. She went home and wrote a formal request letter, which she delivered after school on Friday.

Writing in pencil, Carina wrote that she wants a job tidying up the shop, and when she gets older, she wants to work at the cash register.

Tingey was so impressed by the child’s determination that he handed her a company shirt and allowed her to keep the shelves in order in exchange for sweets.

He also told Carina that he will keep her application on file until she was 16 years old.

Carina and her 11-year-old brother Carrick, both have Asperger syndrome, a form of autism which means they struggle with social interaction and tend to take things literally.

Their 34-year-old mother is the full-time caregiver for both children and she is very proud of her kids.