Walter Carr was so determined to show for his first day at a new job that he decided to walk 20 miles — more than seven hours — to get there when his car broke down.
But the college student impressed the head of his new employer, Bellhops Moving, so much that the CEO gave him one of his own cars.
Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin heard about the effort of his new employee and drove a 2014 Ford Escape he owns from Tennessee to Homewood, Alabama, to give it to Carr.
“I am honestly blown away by him,” Marklin told AL.com. “Everything he did that day is exactly who we are – heart and grit. So far, he’s batting 1.000.”
When Carr’s first-day client, Jenny Lamey, learned of his story from a police officer who had picked Carr up along the way, she and her husband offered to let him rest a bit, but he refused and went straight to work.
The Pelham police officer even took Carr, who hopes to join the U.S. Marine Corps, to breakfast before delivering him to his destination.
Impressed by Carr’s work ethic, Lamey told his story on Facebook and launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy a new car for Carr — little did she know his boss would soon eradicate that need.
The page stated:
“Walter walked all the way from his house in Homewood to Pelham in the early morning hours of July 14, where a Pelham Police Officer, after hearing his story, picked him up, took him to breakfast, and gave him a ride the rest of the way.
“Walter showed up for my move early and still had the energy to work hard and with a good attitude throughout the rest of the day.”
As of this writing, and despite the new car from Carr’s boss, the pages has raised over $55,000.
Making the story even better, it turns out Carr and his mother were Hurricane Katrina refugees who had moved to Alabama after losing their home in Louisiana.
“We chatted while we were working together early yesterday morning. He loved my kitchen and said that it was exactly the kind of kitchen he would want,” Lamey wrote. “He was from New Orleans. He and his mother lost their home in Hurricane Katrina and they came and made their home in Birmingham.’
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