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This Boy Had The Cops Called On Him For Selling Hot Cocoa—Why His Mother Was Grateful

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Ah, the lemonade stand. A time-honored tradition among parents and their kids who want to earn a little cash, serve a much-appreciated product to their community, and maybe brush up on math skills.

In the winter, however, and especially in the frigid North, what’s a budding entrepreneur to do?

Typically, 11-year-old Andrew Andrew admits, he prefers to sell cold drinks at his pop-up stand when it’s quite a bit warmer outside, and he does quite well at it. “A lot of times, I make over $50, and I do pretty good,” he said in an interview with WTAE.

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However, if there’s one thing any local business owner must learn, it’s to adapt your approach, or even your product, to meet market demands. When faced with this challenge, the bright young man came up with the perfect alternative.

“I was kind of bored,” Andrew said of being shut in for such a long Pennsylvania winter, “so I was like, I can just come out and do something, so I came out and sold hot cocoa.”

Armed with an electric water boiler and a can of Swiss Miss, Andrew set up shop on the sidewalk in front of his home in Castle Shannon and began selling cups of hot cocoa to passersby.

Andrew says he was actually doing pretty well until, much to his surprise, he was approached by a pair of police officers who had been called to the scene.

“They asked if I was by myself, and I said, ‘No, the babysitter is in the house,'” Andrew shared with WTAE.

Andrew’s parents were notified that they’d been alerted to the situation because a concerned neighbor was alarmed at the sight of the young boy outside in the cold.

After assessing the situation and seeing that Andrew was safe, the boy offered them a free cup of cocoa, something he says he does for every first responder who visits his stand.

“[The officers] paid even though he insisted it was free, so I thought that was really nice of them,” said Rebecca Lukens, Andrew’s mom, who is surely very proud of him.

While it’s certainly commendable that Andrew was outside participating in an activity that is sure to teach him many valuable lessons rather than wasting a winter day inside playing video games, Lukens says she and her son aren’t bitter that the police were called.

If Andrew and his family learned one thing from this experience, it’s that their local law enforcement has their back. “Whoever called the cops on him are the real MVPs,” Lukens said, “because we learned that the local police were really friendly.”

As for Andrew, whose parents’ imparted a philosophy of “spending a little, saving a little, and sharing a little” when it comes to money, he plans to donate some of his hard-earned cash to local animal shelters.

It’s so easy to become disillusioned with our society and the eroded relationship of neighbors to neighbors, but stories like Andrew’s teach many valuable lessons: work hard, be kind, and don’t let people get you down.

 

 

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Rhino Poacher Meets a Poetic Fate, Complete with Elephants, Lions, and Revenge

If this isn’t justice, I don’t know what is.

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Greed is a hell of a drug. Greed is what makes a wealthy man and addicted man.  It’s the idea that you can never have enough, no matter the consequences to the world around you. Don’t get me wrong: Winning and achieving are great, but there are costs to be considered. For wildlife poachers, the reward is dirty money…and lots of it.  Items such as rhinoceros horns can go for as much as $60k per kilo – an amount that makes cocaine look like over-the-counter DayQuil in comparison. Of course, the reason for this enormous price tag is the rarity of the item, with poachers having nearly caused the extinction of several species of Rhinoceros over the course of the last few decades. But, as Jeff Goldblum famously says in the 90’s blockbuster Jurassic Park, “life finds a way”. One poacher in Africa has learned that lesson the very hard way. Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said. The incident happened after the man entered the park with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement released Friday. His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party led by Kruger’s regional manager, Don English, set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but due to failing light, it could not be found. The poacher likely didn’t deserve such dignity, but the search went on. The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, what was left of his body was discovered. “Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured…

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Police Seek Teens who Interacted with Autistic Skateboarder for BEST REASON EVER

Police are searching for a few teens that left the mother of an autistic child in tears at a local skatepark…but for all the right reasons.

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Life is ostensibly difficult for teens and young adults in ways that many of us adults seem to have forgotten. Hopefully, (and luckily, if so), we grow out of these hormonal adolescent years with a bit of an even keel, able to keep a cool head, and fully aware of our strengths and weaknesses.  Sure, we have bills and the complexities of work/friend/partner relationships to navigate, as well as a whole glut of strange, “as you get older” family issues to deal with, but we at least get to do so as adults with a full understanding of our faculties and abilities. For teens and young people, it’s not that easy.  At these ages, human beings are insecure, unsure, and downright dumbfounded by the world around them.  And, let’s not forget, that kids can be severely cruel to one another over the most asinine of subjects.  Style, mannerisms, and intelligence are all fodder for the teenaged bullies of the world. For children on the autism spectrum, things are even tougher.  These are the “weirdoes” and “nut jobs” that the heartless bullies rail on, making them the bread and butter of these jerks’ daily dissing. So when the mother of an autistic son named Carter began crying at a local New Jersey skatepark, many feared the worst. Lucky for all of us, there is still some good left in this world. Kristen Braconi took Carter, who is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD, and his behavioral therapist to the park to celebrate his fifth birthday, where a group of older kids noticed him playing on his scooter. The teens took it upon themselves to teach Carter how to skateboard. “They were absolutely amazing with him and included him and were so beyond kind it brought me to tears,” the mother shared on Facebook,…

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