A college student in the US state of Alabama walked for around 32 kilometres to get to his first job at a moving company, news reports said.
And the firm’s CEO was so impressed that he gifted the young man, Walter Carr, his own ride: a Ford Escape.
You may well ask: Seriously? That was Carr’s first question too. Take a look.
USA Today, a leading daily, said Carr, 20, resolved to travel to work on foot after his car broke down. He had a bit of help on the way from police officials who got him food and drove him during the final leg of his journey, the report says.
“This is an incredible story. The grit and heart Walter showed defines Bellhops’ culture precisely,” Luke Martin, the CEO of Carr’s company, tweeted earlier this week. “I’m really proud to be on the same team as Walter… we set a high bar on service and he just raised it.”
That Washington Post says Martin and Carr met on Monday — and that’s when the CEO gave him his new wheels.
“Don’t let nobody tell you you can’t do something. It’s up to us whether we can,” Carr told the Post.
Bellhops shared screenshots of a long, emotional Facebook post penned by Jenny Hayden Lamey, whose home Carr was walking to on that fateful night.
“He was from new Orleans. He and his mother lost their home in Hurricane Katrine and they came and made their home in Birmingham [in Alabama]…,” she wrote. “I just can’t tell you how touched I was by Walter and his journey. He is humble and kind and cheerful and he has big dreams!”
The Washington Post said a crowdfunding initiative launched by Lamey for Carr “had raised more than $ 44,000 [Rs 30,36,954]” by Wednesday morning.
Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, joined the chorus of praise for the student.
News credit : Indiatoday