The 1990s boy band 98 Degrees had to contend with a controversy surrounding their tour buses Tuesday in Connecticut.
Photo: Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for 103.5 KTU
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The band -- known for the songs “I Do (Cherish You),” “Because of You” and “What Christmas Means to Me” -- was in Norwalk preparing for a Wednesday concert. Tuesday afternoon, the band’s tour buses were kicked out of a grocery store parking lot in Norwalk, WVIT reported. The buses were there because the hotel the band was staying at -- ironically, named Zero Degrees -- did not have room for the vehicles, the Albany Times-Union reported.

Lauren De Bruijn, who was shopping at the grocery store, told the newspaper that, “The buses look nefarious and the whole thing is so mysterious and weird.”

The buses were finally evicted, but U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy heard about it and tweeted that the treatment of the band was “unacceptable.”

“98 Degrees should be treated like the kings they indisputably are,” Murphy tweeted.

The band responded with a tweet, joking that they were looking for “less nefarious tour buses.”

The group -- brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons -- are playing Wednesday night at the Ridgefield Playhouse. In their tweet, they invited Murphy to the show and for tea in the afternoon backstage.

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