Some People Didn’t Think Good Morning America’s MBTA Boat Surprise Was Good At All

Bostonians sure are grumpy in the morning—even when given free coffee and entertainment.

Image via MBTA

Image via MBTA

The producers of Good Morning America have been traveling from city to city surprising people during their early morning commutes with freebies and music to try and bring cheer to an otherwise mundane daily routine.

But when they came to Boston on Thursday morning, the upbeat celebrations weren’t exactly well received.

As travelers trying to get to their jobs and classes boarded an MBTA ferry in Hull, headed toward the city, they were greeted by Dunkin’ Donuts coffees and treats, cheerleaders chanting, students singing music, and notable names from Good Morning America, who filmed a segment live on the vessel, standing by.

What the MBTA hoped would be a momentous occasion full of good cheer, however, turned some passengers sour:

After his initial complaint, Jared later took his gripes straight to Good Morning America and the MBTA.

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “that’s just one grumpy person.” But others seemed perturbed about being jostled awake at 8 a.m. by an impromptu cheering squad holding pom-poms, and bright lights attached to television-camera lenses poking around on their morning boat ride.

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It wasn’t just the passengers that noticed the initially awkward response, either. Even host Sara Haines said the the Boston Harbor ferry “upgrade” was met by a bit of shock “in the beginning.”

But once riders finally got acclimated to what was happening around them, things seemed to go just fine. There were even a few smiles for the camera.

You can watch everything that went down on the morning boat ride here.


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