20-year-old Walter Carr's car broke down the day before he was supposed to start his new job at Bellhops moving company. But, that wasn't going to stop him. He was determined to show up despite this set back.
“I’ve never been that person that gives up,” said Carr, 20. “I’ve just never seen myself doing that. I can only be defeated if I allow myself do be defeated.”
He called around for a ride, but just his luck it fell through. Carr had no other choice but to walk--walk 20 miles! In a car that doesn't seem far but on foot, his phone estimated seven hours!
Walter began walking that night in hopes of making it there by morning.
Along, the way he ran into a police officer who stopped to check on him while making his rounds. Impressed by his story, officer Knighten and his two partners took him to breakfast, bought him lunch to go and took him to a church to rest before his shift.
“Less than a minute from hearing his story, we were like, wow, this kid seems determined,” Knighten said.
Another officer found him once he continued his journey again and gave him a lift the rest of the way.
He arrived to the job site early, the home of Jenny Lamey. She offered him to rest before the rest of the movers got there, but he was declined and got straight to work.
Lamey was blown away by to learn his story an took to Facebook to share.
“I just can’t tell you how touched I was by Walter and his journey,” she said. “He is humble and kind and cheerful and he had big dreams! He is hardworking and tough. I can’t imagine how many times on that lonely walk down 280 in the middle of the night did he want to turn back. How many times did he wonder if this was the best idea. How many times did he want to find a place to sit or lie down and wait ’til morning when he could maybe get someone to come pick him up and bring him back home. But he walked until he got here! I am in total awe of this young man!”
The post got back to Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin. When he learned Carr's story we was too very impressed by the 20-year-old's character and determination.
“We are a company that is trying to change a broken, not customer-friendly industry,” Marklin said. “We’re trying to transform that with a lot of heart and a lot of grit. And when I read that story on Sunday I was blown away, and I couldn’t think of a better story of what this company is all about.”
Marklin had no choice, but to help Carr succeed in his company. And the way he showed his gratitude, was buying Walter Carr his own 2014 Ford Escape. Carr's reaction is priceless!
Love stories like this!