Employers are often on the lookout to hire people with good work ethic. When one man encountered a teenager who walked nearly 10 miles for a job interview, he was immediately impressed and offered him a job.
In 2013, Art Bouvier was putting ice melt out in front of his Papa Roux restaurant in Indianapolis when 18-year-old Jhaqueil Reagan came up to him to ask for directions to 10th and Sherman.
“I told him it was quite a way away,” he wrote on his Facebook page, which was later reposted by Love What Matters. “At least 6 or 7 miles. I suggested that he would be far better off on the bus then on foot, especially in all this ice and slush.”
Hearing this, Reagan thanked him and continued on his way, an action that surprised Bouvier.
“He could have asked me for money for a bus. In fact I quite expected him to. He didn’t. He just started walking,” Bouvier wrote.
Later, Bouvier saw Reagan again when he was driving down the road with his wife, and he offered the boy a ride in his car.
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On the way to the destination, Bouvier learned that Reagan was heading to a minimum-wage interview at a thrift store that was nearly 10 miles from where he stayed. Reagan didn’t have money, so he had to walk.
Bouvier was impressed by the young man and wanted to hire him. He asked for Reagan’s telephone number so that he could contact him later.
“It was his work ethic that got me,” Bouvier explained to TODAY. “You don’t get a feel for that on an application or a resume, but when you see that in a person, you don’t pass it up. He’ll definitely get here for a shift if he’ll do that much for an interview.”
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That night, Bouvier called Reagan to offer him a job at the restaurant and even offered to pick him up for his first shift.
“I’m lucky I met him,” Reagan told Fox 59. “I’m really lucky I met him.”
Reagan added that he had to quit school two years ago after his mother died. However, he managed to complete his GED while taking care of his younger siblings.
When Bouvier’s Facebook post went viral, people started offering their support to help Reagan, including Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGO), which gave Reagan a one-year bus pass.
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With the amount of donations they had received, a Jhaqueil Reagan Foundation was even set up to help those in need.
Though the duo had received huge support from people across the country, what Bouvier hopes others will take away from this story is for people to help one another.
“My hope is that every time Jhaqueil’s story airs, someone is moved to do something good for someone else in their community,” he told TODAY.
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