Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spider-Man Finds His Way Home

Last month, Des Moines, Iowa police Sgt. James Butler was preparing to begin his shift when he noticed a 4-year-old boy walking alone in the station's parking lot.
Butler asked the lad where he was going. "That way," the boy said, pointing toward the Capitol building for emphasis. Butler asked where his parents were. "I don't know," the boy said. Butler radioed dispatchers to ask if there had been any missing child reports. There hadn't. Butler asked the boy his name. "Reuben," he said. Butler asked, "What's your last name?" The boy replied, "Spider-Man." Butler said: "Right. Reuben Spider-Man."
The officer drove the boy around with the hopes that he will recognize the building where he lives, but little Spider-Man didn't.
Butler asked Reuben when he had last eaten. “I’m hungry,” Reuben said. Butler took the boy to McDonald’s. He ordered a Happy Meal. The server said, “What kind?” "Small," Butler said. The server looked at him. "No," she said, "hamburger, cheeseburger or chicken nuggets?" Reuben selected a cheeseburger. "What kind of toy?" the server asked. Butler leaned across the counter and whispered to the woman. "Miss, I'm 43 years old. I don't have any kids of my own. I've never ordered a Happy Meal in my life. Can you help me out here?"
Officer Butler then heard over his radio that some Liberian immigrants had called to report a missing boy, who had wandered off from a park. He reunited little Siper-Man with his family, but because of a language barrier, the officer was unable to determine his real last name.

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