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This Dunkin’ Donuts Employee’s Dance-Off With An Autistic Customer Will Melt Your Heart

Once in a while, though, a small gesture of kindness can flood someone’s whole day, maybe even their whole life, with happiness.



We all live rushed, hectic lives with our fair share of struggles, and parents of children with special needs are no different. Once in a while, though, a small gesture of kindness can flood someone’s whole day, maybe even their whole life, with happiness.

When Donald Simon stopped in at a local Dunkin’ Donuts, he was probably expecting to enjoy a quick treat. Instead, he got something so much more.

You see, Donald, 26, is autistic and nonverbal. The Staten Island native was visiting the donut chain with his aide, Angela Jasmine.

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Compared to the exciting things Angela helps Donald experience, including basketball, pottery, and piano lessons, a trip to Dunkin’ Donuts probably seems a bit mundane.

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However, after watching a viral Facebook video of the incident, “mundane” is the last word we’d use to describe the visit.

DD employee Bryan Lara likes to do what he can to make visits to the restaurant memorable. “When we’re not too busy, I always make a point to talk to my customers,” the 36-year-old shared with Yahoo Lifestyle. “I know most people’s names and their drink orders.”

While it sure feels good to have your face, name, and favorite coffee combo remembered when you’re one of thousands of people who visit a place like Dunkin’, Bryan took things a step further with Donald.

Donald was excited to see Bryan’s friendly face, but when Culture Club’s “Karma Chameleon” began playing on the restaurant’s speakers, a heartwarming dance-off ensued.

Bryan began dancing to the ‘80s hit, and Donald grinned wide as he mimicked Bryan’s moves. When Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” took over, Angela began recording as Bryan and Donald cut a rug.

“I am always dancing, and when I saw Donald smile, it was a great feeling,” Bryan said. “I love my customers so much.”

Angela shared the video with Simon’s mother, Donna Maxon. Thrilled with Bryan’s fun, accepting interaction with her son, she shared the video to Facebook where it instantly went viral.

“Sometimes the Staff at Dunkin Donuts does a floor show to ensure their Special guests are having fun! Thank you for rolling out the red carpet for Donald,” she wrote.

“When you’re on the spectrum and nonverbal, the word friend isn’t used that much, and it touches the heart of a special-needs mom,” Donna shared in an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle.

“Bryan has shined a light for so many people,” she said, surprised that Bryan hadn’t had an ounce of training in being sensitive toward people with special needs like autism. “It’s human kindness.”

Though we may not fully understand what it’s like to be Donald, it doesn’t take special training to know that people with special needs deserve kindness. Thank you, Bryan, for your incredible example!



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New Zealand Madman Bravely Chased by ‘Good Guy’ with a Gun

As with any act of gruesome horror, there is always a shining light, somewhere in the darkness, that rekindles our belief in the human spirit.



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 The sheer horror and terror of what has occurred in New Zealand stands at such close proximity at this time, that it is difficult to fully gauge its gravity. It has certainly shocked the nation itself, as New Zealand isn’t known as a dangerous, or even particularly excitable, place.  The serene and unfathomably gorgeous surroundings, along with the California-like dichotomy of beaches and ski mountains within hours of one another, lends the Kiwis the unmistakeable air of “chill” that one normally reserves for Malibu or San Diego. In fact, this rampage claimed the lives of more New Zealanders than an entire year of homicides would have in the country. But, as with any act of gruesome horror, there is always a shining light, somewhere in the darkness, that rekindles our belief in the human spirit. That’s right; a good guy with a gun.  It’s the same story that we hear time and again, all over the globe, and it rings fundamentally true in nearly all aspects of life. It is not enough to hope and pray for the bad guys to turn the other cheek.  No; we must also hope and pray that good men will not stand aside and do nothing in the face of such evil.  And, by God, let’s hope they’re armed.  

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Fair Haven, Vermont’s Newest “Mayor” to Take “Office” Tuesday

Mayor Lincoln will take the reins, (no pun intended), on Tuesday, after beating canine competitor Sammie Viger in the bizarre mayoral race.




When it comes to community fundraising, there are no shortage of unique and inspired ways in which Americans can help one another out. Between the candy bar cartel, the car wash cabal, and the bake sale barons, local communities throughout our nation have long found interesting and unique ways to stash a little extra cash for a shared project. Now, one town in Vermont is taking things a step further, allowing residents the opportunity to put a name on the mayoral ballot for a mere $5, with the cash raised going to the creation of a new public playground. But there’s a catch… A 3-year-old goat in Vermont beat out more than a dozen other pets for the title of honorary mayor. Lincoln, a Nubian goat, was chosen by residents in Fair Haven, a town of roughly 2,500 people that sits along the border of Upstate New York, to serve as mayor for one year. The goat was among 15 other animals on the ballot in the running for the honorary position. Lincoln beat out several other animals, including cat Sassy Towle, a dog named Stella Heibler and a gerbil named Crystal, for the job. Lincoln took 13 of the 53 votes cast, just surpassing a dog named Sammie Viger who took home 11. The young, female goat will lead the town’s Memorial Day parade later this year, dressed to the nines in yet to be revealed “custom sash”. And while the fundraising stunt only brought in around $100, local officials are hopeful the exposure that Lincoln brings to the town will be beneficial in as-of-yet unknown ways.

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