Adam Mercier: Unique and proud of it
December 25, 2015
"Unique" is a word that can mean many things to different people, but it's a term Adam Mercier and those in his circle feel describes him pretty well.
Born in Craig, Mercier was adopted at the age of 7 and lived in Ogden, Utah, for part of his childhood, as well as moving to other parts of the country, including Texas and Michigan.
As a kid, he experienced some difficulties being understood, and it wasn't until he was 16 that some of his social difficulties were explained with a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome. The condition is an autism spectrum disorder, and those who have it tend to struggle with communication and personal interaction.
"Back in the '90s, it wasn't very well-known, and it was kind of tough and rough on me," he said of his adolescence. "I was taught to be like everybody else, so I've tried to use what I've learned."
Mercier moved back to Craig about 11 years ago.
"It's my roots," he said.
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As an employee of Carelli's Pizzeria & PastaCarelli’s Pizzeria & Pasta, Mercier is an integral part of the restaurant, responsible for unloading deliveries from food trucks., Mercier is an integral part of the restaurant, responsible for unloading deliveries from food trucks.
Carelli's Pizzeria & Pasta, Mercier is an integral part of the restaurant, responsible for unloading deliveries from food trucks.
Asperger's can sometimes make talking to people or even being around others more challenging, though it's a routine Mercier has mastered after several years.
"Customer service isn't that difficult for me, but for someone with Asperger's or autism, we have to put aside whatever's going on with us and work with customers so they don't get irritated," he said. "It's a juggle, a struggle during the day, but I don't mind it."
Carelli's owner Brett Etzler said Mercier is always reliable, both in keeping things organized and making coffee in the mornings.
"Real strong coffee is one of his passions," Etzler laughed, adding that Mercier's cup of joe is sometimes too much for him. "He's been a valuable asset for us about four years. He's a great kid, we love his personality. He gives it his all, and we're glad to have him here. It's a crucial role for the betterment of our business."
Mercier also works a second job with JB Chapman's pig farm.
"It's mostly just taking care of them, making sure they're fed," he said.
When Mercier isn't working, he's an avid reader, both fiction and non-fiction, though he prefers the latter.
"Anything I can get my hands on that's interesting," he said.
Mercier said many people who meet him might be unaware of his Asperger's, which is not necessarily an indicator of how intelligent a person is.
"I have high intelligence in a lot of different areas but not as much in other areas, so it's kind of unique," he said.