Boston bus driver stops at kid’s lemonade stand, treats passengers

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

BOSTON, MA - If you ride public transportation, you probably have a horror story or two. There are angry drivers, crazy passengers, faulty buses, you name it. But here's a diamond in the rough: a happy story involving a bus driver in Boston.

The bus was on its normal route through West Roxbury in Beantown when the driver, John Lohan, spotted a kid’s lemonade stand. He asked the riders if they’d mind stopping and when they didn’t, he treated them all to a 50 cent cup each. Lohan says the timing was pretty perfect; there were only about a half-dozen passengers on board and he was about to wrap up his route.

Let's hope this guy doesn’t get fired like that tollbooth worker in Florida. Vladislav Samsonov, a 30-year employee, got canned after he paid a driver’s $5 toll. The worker says he realized he didn’t charge a semi driver enough earlier in his shift, so he covered the difference. Apparently, that’s a fireable offense for the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority, which has refused to talk about the issue.

Maybe this explains why public employees can - at times - seem a little mean. Apparently, being nice can get you fired. So if a bus driver or tollbooth worker ever does something nice for you, be especially grateful because it just might cost them their job.