A man walks 20 miles to work until one day the cop follows him and sees why. The cop car pulled up alongside him but he continued to plot forward, the cop car continued to follow.
He had to do it 10 miles to go and he’d be safe he glanced at his watch and stepped faster, his legs raging as he powered on but there was no deterring this policeman.
Walter’s car had moved to Homewood Alabama with his mother after tragedy struck. They had supposed to reconstruct their house after their house was damaged by the monster Hurricane Katrina, and wanted a fresh start.
Walter was a twenty-year-old student but he was determined to work to support his mother, little did he know just how hard that would prove to be.
Walter had learned that there was a job available at bellhops, a moving business about 20 miles away from where he lived. It was far away to walk but he had his reliable old car so he drove over and filled in the form.
Walter was lucky to get a meeting right then and there he shook the hiring manager’s hand, and agreed to start the very next day, if only it was so easy.
Just a few meters away from his driveway his old car spluttered to a halt. Walters’s heart started to race as he lifted the hood and peered inside of all days. His car took this one to lastly give in and die to his dismay smoke emitted from the engine and he knew that there would be no starting it again.
Walter pulled out his phone to tell the manager of bellhops that he wouldn’t be starting, after all then he changed his mind.
Walter was young and fit, but still, 20 miles is impossible, but Walter was decided to do it. He keyed in the location into Google Maps then he began to cry and break. It would take him 7 hours to reach there on foot and he had no cash to get his car serviced.
What could Walter do, he needed this job. His mother was unable to make house payments and they could find themselves homeless again within a month.
Walter just couldn’t let that happen he had to try so he set his alarm for midnight and tried to get a good night’s sleep. When midnight rolled around Walter awoke, he pulled on his most comfortable sneakers, threw on his jacket, and set off into the night. It would take seven hours to get there, but he was determined to reach the bellhop’s client on time.
As if walking the backbreaking 20 miles wasn’t quite, life determined to drive Walter extra curveball. Walter had begun his walk at a brisk pace but by the time he reached the halfway mark, his legs were shaking sweat poured from his face.
His feet throbbed he had walked over ten miles and the exertion was taking its toll the worry of losing his job on the first day kept him going. As he concentrated on moving one foot after the other repeatedly.
Suddenly, he saw the flash of the blue he had been too focused on keeping his legs moving to notice, but a car had been watching him for at least the last ten minutes. It was 4:20 a.m. and he still had miles and miles to go then the car flashed its light and blared its short warning siren, and he knew they were there for him.
Walter turned his head to see the cop car driving up beside him, where are you rushing off to buddy, the cop asked pointedly. He had a rough and late night on parole duty, and the last thing he wanted was more trouble.
Walter wheezing for breath tried to answer him without breaking his stride, he was all too aware that the timer was ticking the cop had seen enough and ordered Walter into the car. He didn’t care to find out what this young man was taking in the street at this late hour, as far as he was concerned he was up to no good.
But when Walter gathered enough breathing to tell him the purpose for his late-night walkabout. His eyes stretched in disbelief officer Sean gray had seen many things in his life, but this boy’s determination astounded him beyond belief.
They drove the next 6 miles in quiet until Walter heeded the house appear in the distance. Relief crashed over him like a wave he had made it before time had run out. He praised officer gray and shakily got out of the car but there were still more surprises for Walter on that fateful day.
The policeman accompanied Walter to the doorway and told the homeowner Jenny Hayden Lamey, how he had traveled 14 miles on foot to help her with her move, she was flabbergasted by his dedication.
When the rest of the bellhop’s crew arrived Walter tirelessly got to work, loading boxes onto the shifting van. He was exhausted but he kept going, then Jenny wrote the post on Facebook that exploded overnight.
Jenny’s Facebook post:
Yesterday was a long day but a great day, Chris and I woke up around 5:45 a.m. to get everything staged and available for our movers. Around 6.30 a.m. the doorbell buzzed, it was a police officer, he continued to tell us that he had picked up this gentle kid in Pelham early this morning.
The gentle kid Walter said he was assumed to help us with our move today it was his initial day with his moving corporation bellhops and he was training today.
The officer proceeded to tell us that the previous evening Walter’s car broke down and he didn’t know how he was going to get to work, so he left Homewood at midnight and started walking to Pelham on 280. He walked all night to get from Homewood to Pelham because he needed to get to work.
Jenny was so awed by Walter’s determination to get to his work that she started a GoFundMe account to raise the money he needed to repair his car. The mark was set at $2,000 but when the Neeson’s read Jenny’s heartfelt post the original amount was exceeded by a whopping $32,000.
But soon after Walter’s efforts got the attention of bellhops CEO Luke Märklin, Märklin immediately got into his Ford Escape and drove it from Tennessee to Homewood.
On his arrival, he presented a gobsmacked Walter with the keys Walter couldn’t believe his eyes the CEO of bellhops had just given him his own family car it was all too overwhelming and Walter started to cry.
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He had never experienced such before as the whole community rallied after him and cheered him on Walter’s exemplary behavior has inspired thousands of people.
“I’m touched by his journey as well it’s impressive how we can give excuses to not do something, but then there are people like Walter who don’t like excuses and just do it and another life has made challenges.”
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Walter’s dedication to his job has become a symbol of the hard-working American, and his determination has even inspired a hashtag movement titled “Be like Walter” on social media.
Walter remains humble and shrugs off the praise saying “I just walked.” He aspires to become a Marine one day and he has proved to the world that he can achieve anything he sets his mind to.
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Walter Carr was getting ready to start his first job. But the night before his first day, his car broke down. Instead of calling in “sick”… He started WALKING 20 miles. You won’t believe how this turns out.