Sweden: ‘Hero’ driver stops bus to comfort crying girl

By News from Elsewhere… …as found by BBC Monitoring

Andre Grandin comforts Emilia Behrendtz
This picture, taken by a bus passenger, got 50,000 interactions on Facebook

A driver who stopped his bus to comfort a young girl crying in the street is being hailed in Sweden, after a photo of his act went viral on the internet.

Andre Grandin interrupted the bus journey between Vara and Lidkoping in southern Sweden when he saw 10-year-old Emilia Behrendtz crying at the side of the road, the Expressen newspaper reports. After comforting the girl, witnesses say he climbed back on to the bus “without a word” and drove on. It later transpired that the girl had been upset by some other children.

“It came from nowhere,” says passenger Emma Gustafsson of the moment when the bus stopped. “We didn’t know what was going on. But then we saw that he walked up to a crying girl sitting on the road. It was really cute.” Gustafsson took a photo of the incident, which she shared on Twitter. After four days it had been retweeted 4,600 times and marked as a “favourite” by 7,300 people, with a further 50,000 interactions on Facebook.

After he was tracked down by the Swedish press, the bus driver told Expressen it’s in his nature to help when he sees someone crying or in pain. He was reunited with Emilia for a photo opportunity, and Grandin says strangers have sent flowers to his home. But he doesn’t think his actions were anything out of the ordinary.

Bus driver Andre Grandin


After Harrison Ford’s first small movie role, an executive took him into his office and told him he’d never succeed in the movie business- that he didn’t have what it takes to make it; he didn’t have the star quality.

Ford’s career went on to span six decades, and has included timeless starring roles in blockbuster films like the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” series.

Here Ford talks about the lowly beginnings of his career:

Speaking to talk show host Conan O’Brien on Wednesday, Harrison said: ‘I was in a contract at Columbia Pictures for $150 a week which back then in those days was still only $150 a week. It was ridiculous.

‘My first movie role was a bell boy, a bell man in a hotel. I delivered a note or a telegram or something to James Coburn and my lines were, “Paging Mr Jones, Mr Jones, paging Mr Jones” and he raised his hand and I went over and said, “Mr Jones? Room 204?” and he said, “Yes” and I gave him the note and that was my job.

‘There was a guy that was in charge of what they call the new talent program and he called me into his office and he said, “Sit down kid, I saw the rushes from yesterday, you’re never going to make it in the business just forget about it.”

‘He said, “The first movie Tony Curtis was ever in he delivered a bag of groceries. You took one look at that guy and you said that’s a movie star.”

‘And I leaned across his desk and said, “I thought you were supposed to think that was a grocery delivery boy.” He said, “Get out of my office,’ which I was happy to do. I didn’t last much longer with them”.’ (LOL!)

Harrison was spotted by the same executive over 15 years later in a restaurant after he had found great success on the big screen.

The screen legend garnered ‘great pleasure’ when the executive apologized for his comments by sending a message to his table.

Harrison said: ‘Around 15 years later I was in a commissary at some studio and a waiter came over to me with a little silver tray and there was a business card on it. I picked up the business card and written on it was “I missed my bet” and I turned it over and it was the name of the guy and much to my great, immediate pleasure, it still gives me a little bit of pleasure now – I looked around and I couldn’t figure out which one he was.’