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article imageTeen walks 10 miles in snow to job interview

By Greta McClain     Feb 28, 2013 in World
Indianapolis - An Indianapolis, Indiana restaurant owner who happened to stumble across a teenager walking to a job interview, was inspired by the teen's determination.
Art Bouvier was standing outside his Papa Roux Po Boys and Cajun Food, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant , when a young man stopped and asked him how far it was to 10th and Sherman. Bouvier told the young man it was at least 6 or 7 miles away, and considering the snow and ice on the streets, he should probably catch a bus instead of walking. The young man thanked him and continued his walk.
Approximately 15 minutes later Bouvier and his wife were driving down 10th were they spotted the young man, still walking. Bouvier stopped and asked the teen why he was walking instead of riding the bus. The teen, 18-year-old Jhaqueil Reagan, said he was on his way to a job interview at Dairy Queen and did not have money for bus fare. Bouvier learned that Reagan had already walked at least 3 miles and had every intention of walking the remaining 7 miles to the interview. Knowing Reagan should not be walking that far on slick roads, Bouvier offered to give him a ride to the interview. Bouvier posted on his Facebook page:
"Jhaquiel was waking from 42nd and Post to an interview at 10th and Sherman. For a potential (but not guaranteed) minimum-wage job. In this weather. Walking, because he couldn't afford the bus. He had actually planned his time well and the interview was still 2 hours away."
Map of Jhaqueil Reagan s walk.
Map of Jhaqueil Reagan's walk.
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Bouvier got the young man's phone number prior to dropping him off at the job interview, and also gave him money for a meal. Reagan said thank you and went to his interview, but Bouvier could not stop thinking about the young man, telling Fox59:
“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.”
That night, Bouvier called Reagan and offered him a job paying twice the hourly salary he would have made. He even offered to pick him up for his first day at work, telling him:
"I decided I can't afford to pass you up, because anybody that's going to walk 10 miles to an interview in the snow and ice will definitely get here for work on a sunny day."
Reagan is in awe of the kindness Bouvier has shown him, saying he can't believe how lucky he is to have met him purely by accident. Reagan has found it difficult to find jobs, having been forced to drop out of high school at the age of 16 after his mother died. While staying at home and taking care of his siblings, he studied for and passed his GED test and has been searching for a job.
Reagan is now trying to find an apartment closer to his new job, but his commute is made easier by the generosity of IndyGo, Indianapolis' public transportation authority. According to a Daily Mail report, IndyGo has given Jhaqueil a year's supply of bus passes.
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