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A Boston bus driver surprised passengers with an unscheduled stop — for lemonade.

After a lemon of a winter, a Boston bus driver enjoys some lemonade with his passengers.

Depending on the day, "driving in Boston" sounds like either a joke or a horror film.

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But one MBTA bus driver found a way to make the summer heat a little more bearable for his passengers.

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During an afternoon lull on his daily bus route, driver John Lohan made an unscheduled stop at a local lemonade stand.

Lohan noticed a lemonade stand in the neighborhood of West Roxbury during his daily rounds along the 35 bus route. After a few trips back and forth, Lohan decided to make his move.

He waited for things to quiet down in the afternoon, when there were only six passengers on the bus, and he made sure that they were all in agreement before he made the stop.

“I said to them, 'If any of you are in a hurry or need to make a connection, I'll keep going,'" he told Boston.com. “I thought it would take 90 seconds, tops. ... I wait at red lights longer than that."

Of course, they went along with it. Wouldn't you?

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He treated all six passengers to a deliciously affordable beverage, then got right back on the road.

Not every bus driver can stop to buy lemonade for his passengers. But maybe if we found a better way to fund public transportation, we could worry less about getting where we need to go and enjoy a few more unscheduled pit stops along the way.

At the very least, maybe we could get some new trains that didn't fail in two separate record-breaking blizzards more than 30 years apart.

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It was a small gesture, but Mr. Lohan's generosity made more than a few people's days.

If nothing else, stories like this are a good reminder that the side-of-the-road lemonade stand industry is basically immune to inflation — despite the fact that Boston is one of the most expensive cities in the country.

“The lemonade only cost 50 cents and he bought seven of them. He gave us 10 dollars, so, he's awesome!" 14-year-old lemonade stand owner Erin Starkey told reporters from WBZ-TV.

"I was surprised by that," Lohan said. "Decades ago, it was 50 cents. ... It was the cheapest round, the least expensive round I ever sprung for."

Cheers to that, Mr. Lohan. Sláinte!

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Anyone who was a teen in the '90s will remember the grunge era. Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were topping the charts with their gravely metaphorical lyrics, but they weren't alone. Soul Asylum burst onto the scene with their solemn anthem "Runaway Train" complete with a video that showcased missing kids.

The video gave missing and exploited children a much bigger platform to be recognized on, because before the video was showcased on MTV, milk cartons were the common method to distribute these photos. In theory, milk cartons seem like a pretty effective way to highlight missing children, but in reality, eventually people would become blind to the photos.

The music video for "Runaway Train" was played all around the world and to the target audience that would most likely recognize the faces. It should come as no surprise, then, that the video helped to bring home 21 missing children. What is surprising, is that the band had to push to keep the pictures of the missing kids in the music video because people didn't think it was working.

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Florida city commissioner is being called a hero for confronting mayor who cut off power to residents

"You're calling me disrespectful because I've interrupted people, but this gentleman has turned off people's lights in the middle of a global health pandemic."

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A city commission meeting in Lake Worth Beach, Florida has gone viral after Commissioner Omari Hardy took his fellow city officials to task for their seeming indifference to their constituents during the coronavirus crisis.

Hardy confronted Mayor Pam Triolo and City Manager Michael Bornstein, who he said refused to call an emergency meeting last week, per Hardy's repeated requests, to discuss issues coming about from the coronavirus crisis. And he let his frustrations show.

"You're calling me disrespectful because I've interrupted people, but this gentleman has turned off people's lights in the middle of a global health pandemic," Hardy said, referring to Bornstein.

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A newly single mom gets inspiring life advice from an internet 'Bubbie' who's been there

'Take care of yourself first. When you take care of yourself, you can take care of your kid.'

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A newly single mom gets inspiring life advice from an internet grandma.

Becoming a single mom isn't easy, especially if it's unexpected and you feel wholly unprepared. Recently, a newly single mom posted a tearful plea on TikTok asking for advice on how to navigate her new life. But she wasn't without advice long, "TikTok Bubbie" stitched the video and responded explaining how she survived as an unexpectedly single mom in 1989.

The video was sweet and full of inspiration for single parents starting their journey. In the beginning of the video she explained that her ex-husband left her when her son was 4 years old and took all the money out of the bank account. Being suddenly single caused her to have to give up her acting career.

The internet Bubbie went on to tell the young mom, "I got furniture from the Salvation Army. That's right, I got secondhand furniture. Secondhand clothes for me, my son never. He always was first in my book and still is to this day." TikTok Bubbie wasn't done, she made a second video to expand on her advice.

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