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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.

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

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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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

Created with inclusivity in mind, the adaptive line is designed to discreetly accommodate tubes or wires from the front or the back, with lots of stretch, extra length and roomier cut, and self-stick fabric closures to make getting dressed hassle-free. The online shop provides details on sizing and breaks down the magical elements of each outfit and accessory, taking the guesswork out of selecting the perfect costume for the whole family.

Your child will be able to defeat Emperor Zurg in comfort with the Buzz Lightyear costume featuring a discreet flap opening at the front for easy tube access, with self-stick fabric closure. There is also an opening at the rear for wheelchair-friendly wear, and longer-length inseams to accommodate seated guests. To infinity and beyond!

An added bonus: many of the costumes offer a coordinating wheelchair cover set to add a major boost of fun. Kids can give their ride a total makeover—all covers are made to fit standard size chairs with 24" wheels—to transform it into anything from The Mandalorian's Razor Crest ship to Cinderella's Coach. Some options even come equipped with sounds and lights!

From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

Don't forget about your furry companions! Everyone loves to see a costumed pet trotting around, regardless of the occasion. You can literally dress your four-legged friend to look like Sven from Frozen, which might not sound like something you need in your life but...you totally do. CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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Over the past six years, it feels like race relations have been on the decline in the U.S. We've lived through Donald Trump's appeals to America's racist underbelly. The nation has endured countless murders of unarmed Black people by police. We've also been bombarded with viral videos of people calling the police on people of color for simply going about their daily lives.

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