The pope's warnings about unfettered capitalism didn't deter a bevy of young entrepreneurs – mostly Main Line high school students – who descended on the Radnor SEPTA station this morning in hopes of making a few dollars on assorted goodies and papal knickknacks.
Aidan Dunn, 14, and Aidan Carter, 15, of Radnor High School displayed a sign offering pilgrims "The Holy Trinity of Deals" – donuts for $1 each and coffee and water for $2 apiece.
They procured the breakfast treats by making their parents get up at 6 a.m. and take them to Dunkin' Donuts. "They were not thrilled," said Aidan. He said the station wasn't as busy as they expected but that they needed to make $90 to break even and were expecting to make a decent profit.
He said the boys figured "a lot of people would be waiting in line and they'd like coffee and a donut to wake them up. All we're doing is using the opportunity of a lot of people" to make a few dollars.
At a table next to them, C.J. Giardinilli, 15, a Radnor High School sophomore, and his friend Kevin Doyle, a sophomore at Archbishop Carroll, had a similar idea, selling pope T-shirts for $10 and dividing a portion of the profits.
Their neighbors at the train station, 14-year-old Radnor High School freshman Jaime Getty and Sophia Udicious 14, of Rosemont, a freshman at Harritan High, were also raising money by selling pretzels, bottled water and baked brownies, but their goal was a cause: A mission to Peru for their Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Chuch.