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Like a real-life version of Lucy in Peanuts, 12-year-old Ciro Ortiz recently set up shop in a New York City subway station to offer “emotional advice” for anyone in need of it. Unlike Lucy, Ortiz doesn’t actually seem that interested in profit so much as helping people; he doesn’t even insist on people paying him money if they can’t afford it. On Thursday night, Ortiz explained to Jimmy Fallon how he came up with the idea.
“It’s just that moment when you’re about to go to bed but then you get the most amazing ideas ever for no reason,” Ortiz said. “I said something about setting up a stand, and my dad said something about giving emotional advice, since I’m good at that, apparently… Usually, [people] ask me about family trouble or something like that.”
To see how good Ortiz really was, Fallon asked him a question: How does he deal with mean kids and bullies online?
“It’s not a big deal,” Ortiz said. “Just words on a screen. Best to ignore it. I do.”
Watch the clip above.