Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sometimes a crumb isn't enough comfort?

It happened last Sunday in East Palestine, Ohio. An unnamed 8-year-old boy took his 4-year-old sister to McDonalds for a cheeseburger. They went in the family van, and he drove.  According to media reports, he learned to drive by watching YouTube videos. At 8 p.m. his parents were already asleep after a full day playing with the kids, so he grabbed the car keys and his sister and drove away.

Observers say he drove the entire 1.5 miles to McDonalds perfectly. He stopped at all red lights and even crossed a railroad track. When he appeared at the drive-up window, McDonalds staff were sure it was a prank. They assumed his parents were hiding in the back seat. They weren't. As the children sat in the van eating, a friend of their family who was in the restaurant recognized them and called their grandparents, who came to get them. When confronted by a policeman, the boy realized he'd done something wrong. He started to cry and said all he wanted was a cheeseburger. After seeing this picture, can you blame him? (The children were not being neglected, and no charges were filed.)

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