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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.

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.

 

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Driver Breaks ‘Tree on Top’ Speed Record in 800hp Car

Eat your heart out, Clark Griswold.

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Everyone handles the tradition of decorating their Christmas tree just a little bit differently than the next, with many relying on family customs handed down through the generations in order to honor those who’ve Christmas’d before them.

These sorts of nuances can come in any form, from the color and arrangement of the lights, to the timing of the tree’s arrival, and even whether or not the decoration will be real or artificial.

And on the point of timing, there is a wide range of opinions on what’s proper.  Does the tree go up in the aftermath of Thanksgiving, our bellies still full of turkey?  Or we wait until just a few days before Christmas comes, hoping to have the freshest fir available?

For those of you still waiting for the last minute, or who may be rushing to get a tree, may we suggest borrowing an Audi from Hennessey Motorsports?

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Hennessey Performance has broken its record for fastest car with a tree strapped to the roof

One of the Texas tuning company’s 1,000 hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUVs hit 181 mph in 2019, and it wanted to see if it could do better.

So owner John Hennessey “borrowed” his wife’s Audi RS6 Avant station wagon, which had been modified with 800 hp, and took it to a closed airport runway where he was conducting tests with the company’s upcoming 300+ mph Venom F5 supercar.

Test driver Spencer Geswein hit 205 mph without a tree on the roof, then went for it with one attached trunk-forward.

After reaching 181 mph the car took a good 10 seconds before it reached a maximum velocity of 183 mph to set a new record, which is unofficial, but also unchallenged.

The tree looked to be under a bit of stress, however….

Video of the stunt can be seen below:

Everyone handles the tradition of decorating their Christmas tree just a little bit differently than the next, with many relying on family customs handed down through the generations in order to honor those who’ve Christmas’d before them. These sorts of nuances can come in any form, from the color and arrangement of the lights, to the timing of the tree’s arrival, and even whether or not the decoration will be real or artificial. And on the point of timing, there is a wide range of opinions on what’s proper.  Does the tree go up in the aftermath of Thanksgiving, our bellies still full of turkey?  Or we wait until just a few days before Christmas comes, hoping to have the freshest fir available? For those of you still waiting for the last minute, or who may be rushing to get a tree, may we suggest borrowing an Audi from Hennessey Motorsports? Hennessey Performance has broken its record for fastest car with a tree strapped to the roof One of the Texas tuning company’s 1,000 hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk SUVs hit 181 mph in 2019, and it wanted to see if it could do better. So owner John Hennessey “borrowed” his wife’s Audi RS6 Avant station wagon, which had been modified with 800 hp, and took it to a closed airport runway where he was conducting tests with the company’s upcoming 300+ mph Venom F5 supercar. Test driver Spencer Geswein hit 205 mph without a tree on the roof, then went for it with one attached trunk-forward. After reaching 181 mph the car took a good 10 seconds before it reached a maximum velocity of 183 mph to set a new record, which is unofficial, but also unchallenged. The tree looked to be under a bit of stress, however…. https://twitter.com/evoIndia/status/1473890119438385152?s=20 Video…

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WATCH: Tiny Pup Protects 12 Year-Old Owner from Vicious Wild Animal

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There are times in every dog owner’s life in which man looks down at beast and wonders just how peculiar and unique this relationship really is.

There are no companion animals more attuned to the human existence than our dogs.  (I’m sorry, horse-owners, but y’all come in a close second).

These are members of the family who feel a duty and nobility about doing the dirty, animalistic work of the group…no matter the size.

In Toronto this week, a young girl and her small dog made big news.

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An incredibly brave little Yorkie defended its owner, a 10-year-old girl, from a coyote that attacked the pair while out for a neighborhood walk in Toronto this week.

The Yorkshire terrier, who the family rescued six years ago, suffered “extremely serious tissue injuries to her spine and her leg,” Dorothy Kwan, 10-year-old Lily Kwan’s mother, wrote on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the veterinarian bills.

“You can see our dog putting herself between my daughter and the coyote,” Dorothy Kwan wrote. “Even after she was seriously injured, she continued to bark and chase the coyote away. She fought back.”

The entire scene was captured on video:

The underdog yorkie did spend some time in a canine ICU, but returned home after a few days with 40 stitches and one heck of a story.

 

There are times in every dog owner’s life in which man looks down at beast and wonders just how peculiar and unique this relationship really is. There are no companion animals more attuned to the human existence than our dogs.  (I’m sorry, horse-owners, but y’all come in a close second). These are members of the family who feel a duty and nobility about doing the dirty, animalistic work of the group…no matter the size. In Toronto this week, a young girl and her small dog made big news. An incredibly brave little Yorkie defended its owner, a 10-year-old girl, from a coyote that attacked the pair while out for a neighborhood walk in Toronto this week. The Yorkshire terrier, who the family rescued six years ago, suffered “extremely serious tissue injuries to her spine and her leg,” Dorothy Kwan, 10-year-old Lily Kwan’s mother, wrote on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the veterinarian bills. “You can see our dog putting herself between my daughter and the coyote,” Dorothy Kwan wrote. “Even after she was seriously injured, she continued to bark and chase the coyote away. She fought back.” The entire scene was captured on video: https://youtu.be/qTqXqoqMSWM The underdog yorkie did spend some time in a canine ICU, but returned home after a few days with 40 stitches and one heck of a story.  

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