Alabama man's 20-mile walk to work attracts praise, new car
Alabama man's 20-mile walk to work attracts praise, new car
20 July, 2018, 11:12
Walter Carr isn't the kind of man to make excuses.
According to Lamey's Facebook post, she learned that Carr and his mother were Hurricane Katrina refugees who had moved to Alabama after losing their home in Louisiana. For the long trek, Walter put on comfy sports shoes, telling the woman, Jenny Lamey, that he knew the distance was great but he couldn't afford to miss his first day at work, since he badly needed the job. So he recorded his answers again. It has raised almost $8,500 in just one day, far exceeding the $2,000 goal.
Bellhops Moving CEO Luke Marklin presented Walter Carr the keys to his auto, a Ford Escape, three days after the young man had started his job. Not knowing anybody on the moving team, Carr didn't call them for a ride.
"I decided I'd rest for a minute because my legs were killing me", he said.
He made it about 14 miles to Pelham when police officers stopped him on the side of the road around 4 a.m. The officers took him to breakfast and dropped him off at his work site, which was the house of Jenny Lamey.
"I said, 'I just paid my rent".
Cops picked the 20-year-old student close to Pelham and asked him if he was ok.
"I wanted to be there before 8", the student said.
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Carr says, "I wanted to show them that I have the dedication, and that I always have [it] in my life and that I am going to get to this job one way or the other".
Marklin then handed Carr the keys to his own Ford Escape.
As the crew arrived one by one I saw them interacting in the street outside our house.
An employee, Walter Carr, who trekked 20 miles to make it on time for his first day at a new job has been gifted a auto by his boss, upon learning of his efforts.
He hopes to join the US Marines before returning to Birmingham to study physical therapy. "Nothing is impossible unless you make it impossible", he tells the media outlet.
When they heard his story, the officers chose to take him to breakfast at Whataburger and made sure he got something for lunch, too.
The family was so touched, Lamey made a Facebook post. How many times did he want to find a place to sit or lie down and wait til morning when he could maybe get someone to come pick him up and bring him back home. ". It's that "Never die" attitude". The story led him to give away his own vehicle so Carr can be a part of many more Bellhops jobs in the future.
It also got the attention of the company's CEO who praised Walter's "grit and heart" and wrote "we set a high bar on service and he just raised it". "I'm the CEO, and I pride myself in setting the bar for the company, on how much passion we have for what we do".
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