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



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.

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“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.



MUST SEE: Brave Alaskan Helps Baby Moose Navigate Highway Barrier

Normally, stories about moose on the highway don’t end this well.



Alaska is a state like no other.  It’s still a veritably untamed place, where the weather and the wildlife are both out to get you. It takes a special kind of person to hack it in America’s last frontier.  A simple run to the grocery store can be hazardous in some conditions, and just taking the garbage out at night may find you face-to-face with hundreds of pounds of brown bear. But ask any Alaskan what they hope to avoid the most, and many will tell you it’s the moose that you have to worry about. These creatures are simply enormous, and they have just enough of an attitude to be more than a nuisance when confronted.  Combine that with the fact that plenty of Alaskans are killed each year after automotive collisions with these gargantuan animals, and you have a real recipe for trouble. This week, however, a different sort of moose story made headlines, and with some adorable photos to show for it. Last week, pictures of a man in Alaska lifting a moose calf over a highway guardrail were posted on Facebook. According to Andrea N Salty Bock, who posted the pictures on Facebook, the calf and its mother were near Clam Gulch, on the Kenai Peninsula. The mother was apparently trying to get her baby to go over the guardrail, but it was too tall for the calf. “Traffic stopped to give her the room she needed,” the Facebook post said. “But the calf could not clear the guardrail.” The photos were captivating. Authorities, while thankful that the moose was able to continue on its way, warned that the situation was still a dangerous one, despite the size and age of this animal.

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VIRAL VIDEO: Hockey Fans Belt US National Anthem in Stirring Moment

The moment was simply magical.



For as much controversy as has been manufactured around the National Anthem, there is still nothing quite like witnessing a powerful rendition of a song that brings so many of us pride here in the United States. In the annals of sports history, there are but a few moments of anthemic joy that stand atop the list, with this author’s personal favorite being the incredibly salient and pointed version performed by Whitney Houston at the Super Bowl in 1991: Now, 30 years and some months later, another unforgettable anthem moment has arrived. Nassau Coliseum was roaring with energy Wednesday night as fans in attendance belted out the National Anthem before the New York Islanders Game 6 victory over the Boston Bruins in a viral moment that is sure to give anyone chills. Nicole Raviv regularly sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Isles games at the Coliseum but on Wednesday night she was overpowered by the crowd, even turning over the microphone to the fans. “My heart is full. The coliseum will forever have the best backup singers in the #NHL,” Raviv wrote on Twitter. A moment like this was made for social media, and it soon spread like wildfire. The fans were ready, however, after a microphone glitch forced them to join in on the anthem just two games earlier.

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