Young man walks 20 miles to get to work on his first day there, then finds the company’s CEO waiting for him with a present
Although younger generations often preach about living a “busy” lifestyle, I don’t believe any of us can compare to this young man. We’d like to introduce you to Walter Carr, a young man from Alabama who will be late for his first day on the job. Walter was lucky enough to get a job at Bellhops, a moving company.
His first day at his new job was a disaster from the start.
Unfortunately for Walter, his car broke down the night before he was to start his new job.
It couldn’t have come at a worse time.
But Walter took matters into his own hands. He was determined to use any means necessary to get his new job. The young man had a determination that not many people have.
He had just started this job and was determined to keep it.
He has fully functional legs. He could walk. Walter commuted from Homewood and Pelham was his first day’s destination. It’s a full 20 more miles.
Absurd as it may seem, Walter stuck to his plan. He prepared for the trip by sleeping four hours. It was time to get up at midnight.
He started walking and didn’t even turn around. Given how challenging the area is, he was wearing Nike joggers.
After several hours of walking, Walter met a policeman. The policeman asked him about his destination and the reason he was walking. The young man informed him that he had walked all the way to Pelham to go to work. That was all the officer needed to hear.
The officer gave Walter a hearty breakfast and offered to drive him to Pelham.
Walter was now in the right place. The policeman went with him to the house and called the movers. A few hours before the movers arrived, they heard a knock on the door. Walter and the policeman were there.
The officer told them about “this nice kid” who was walking from Homewood to Pelham, which is about 20 miles away.
It was a good way to introduce a new person. Jenny Hayden Lamey was amazed by Walter’s determination (and, of course, his stamina) at work.
“The doorbell rings at 6:30.” It was a policeman. He went on to say that he picked up “this good kid” in Pelham early this morning. Walter told us he would help us move today.
She let him in and gave him a tour. Walter refused Jenny’s offer to let her rest upstairs.
The young man came here to work and he planned to do just that. This dedication and work ethic was no laughing matter. Walter waited for this group of associates and they lost no time in getting started.
It wasn’t just Jenny’s family who appreciated Walter’s efforts; so do many others. When their car breaks down, not everyone decides to just drive the twenty miles to work.
Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin met Walter in person. He explained why the trip was important and how it revealed a lot about Walter’s character.
“Anyone who will go to such great lengths to do their duty deserves a special thank you.” Hey Walter, I believe you said your car broke down. Do you think getting a new car might help with some of your problems?”
Walter took Marklin’s 2014 Ford Escape. Walter could hardly believe it.
“I want to deliver this car to you right now.” Today. Like now. It’s like you can get in your car and go with it,” Marklin said.
His persistence and hard work pay off in the best possible way. Now he will never be late or have to walk to work again. His determination is truly life changing and makes for a great story.
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