March 29, 2015 11:00 pm -

The Philadelphia child didn’t care that it was the middle of the night. She left her house and took a bus to where she could get a slushie.


[su_right_ad]The strawberry blond tike, dressed in a purple raincoat and pajama pants, surprised passengers and the bus driver when she climbed aboard the early morning ride.

“I was like, You gotta be kidding me — at this time, at 3 o’clock in the morning?” SEPTA driver Harlan Jenifer told WPVI. “She’s a small little thing. It just kind of shocked me.”

A man spotted the wandering child on the sidewalk Friday and flagged down the bus. Surveillance video shows the little girl hop up the steps as bewildered passengers quiz her about her plans. She can be seen shrugging as her tiny, white boots dangle from her seat.

“All I want is a slushie,” she said, according to Jenifer.

“She had her mind set,” the driver said.

Jenifer pulled over and called police. Authorities took the pint-size passenger, identified as Annabelle, to a hospital where she was reunited with her grateful parents.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

19 responses to 4-Year-Old Girl Boards 3AM Bus In Search Of A Slushie

  1. jstsmlbrlcnsrvtvguy March 29th, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    so, did she get her slushie?

    • bpollen March 29th, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      No. But I suspect this girl is going places.

      • tracey marie March 30th, 2015 at 11:14 am

        Very intelligent and resourceful young girl.

        • bpollen March 30th, 2015 at 4:17 pm

          I know from experience that this girls’ parents have their work cut out for them. Especially come puberty…

          • tracey marie March 30th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

            I am so happy I never had kids.

          • bpollen March 30th, 2015 at 4:34 pm

            And I find it the most rewarding challenge I ever undertook. Unfortunately, I hadn’t intended to undertake it… or at least, not that soon!


          • tracey marie March 30th, 2015 at 4:38 pm

            :). I have 20 nieces and nephews, I enjoyed kids when I wanted then gave them back to their parents

          • bpollen March 30th, 2015 at 4:45 pm

            That’s the part that makes grandparenting SOOO much less stressful!

          • tracey marie March 30th, 2015 at 4:47 pm


          • Candide Thirtythree March 31st, 2015 at 3:32 am

            Like that old saying, If I had know grandbabies were going to be so great, I would have had them first? LOL

          • Candide Thirtythree March 31st, 2015 at 3:31 am

            The best part of being a teacher was getting to spend my days with children I loved and still got to go home to some peace and quiet. I love kids! Always have, I started scouting for babies to tote on my hip when I was just 5 but man am I glad that I didn’t have 10 like I wanted to back then. The two I had were a handful but worth every minute of it.

    • rg9rts March 30th, 2015 at 5:52 am

      Bet the locks get improved at home too

  2. labman57 March 30th, 2015 at 1:12 am

    Thankfully, she didn’t encounter any less well-intentioned adults on her impromptu adventure.

  3. rg9rts March 30th, 2015 at 5:51 am

    The big question left unanswered……

    • HessenBalkan March 30th, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      Did she get her slushie?

      • rg9rts March 30th, 2015 at 1:53 pm


        • Candide Thirtythree March 31st, 2015 at 3:24 am

          🙂 rg! Your comments always make me smile!

  4. Gina March 30th, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Determined and independent at that age… 🙂

  5. Candide Thirtythree March 31st, 2015 at 3:24 am

    I had one of those pint sized Houdinis myself, he would wake up in the middle of the night and get into all sorts of mischief.

    He learned to unlock the doors at 2 years old and we had to put slide latches at the TOP of the doors because he would just drag up a chair and unlock them. It got so bad that we had to move his cot back into our room and lock him in the bedroom with us at night. Then he figured out how to unlock and open a window and we had to jam a piece of wood in it to keep him from escaping that way.

    I used to joke that I didn’t sleep at all the first 6 years of his life but it was only a slight exaggeration. I never got a full night’s sleep because he never slept more than a couple hours at a time.

    He is almost 30 now and I joke that I still haven’t caught up on my sleep LOL!