Restaurant Owner with Big Heart Hires Teen who Walked 10-Miles for an Interview
It sucks being unemployed and broke, but it sucks even more having to walk 10 freakin’ miles to a job interview that only pays minimum wage.
18-year-old Jhaqueil Reagan, was going to a Dairy Queen location for a job interview, and didn’t have money for bus fare…so he started the walking – a 10 mile walk – in the snow.
Looking for directions, he stumbled upon Art Bouvier, the proprietor of Papa Roux, a Cajun restaurant in Indianapolis, who was laying rock salt outside the establishment after an ice storm earlier that morning.
Art told the teen it was a seven mile trek and figured that was that…nope…later that evening as Mr Bouvier was driving with his wife to a coffee shop, he was surprised to find the same person, still walking.
“I’m thinking to myself, here’s a kid walking almost 10 miles in the ice and slush and snow for the hope of a job at minimum wage. “That’s the kind of story your parents used to tell, my parents used to tell, up both ways in the snow.”
Mr Bouvier said that messages of support for Jhaqueil have been coming from all over he world.
Mr Bouvier posted the teen’s story to his Facebook page. Later, the status message took on a life of its own, and currently has nearly 15,000 ‘likes’ and has been shared nearly 4,000 times.