Walking 16km to a job interview. No, of course not in New Zealand

What started out as a miserable day battling an icy 10-mile walk for a job interview, ended with a job offer and social media fame for an Indianapolis teen.

It was all thanks to a chance encounter along the way.

Art Bouvier decided to delay the opening of his restaurant, Papa Roux Cajun Cooking, due to the snow and ice. It was when he was salting down his sidewalk that he noticed a young man, 18-year-old Jhaqueil Reagan, walking toward him with a determined look on his face.

“He came walking through the parking lot and cutting the corner to get down westbound on 10th Street and he says, ‘Excuse me, can you tell me how far it is to 10th and Sherman?’” said Bouvier, who also goes by Papa. “I looked at the ground, it’s all ice, and I said, ’10th and Sherman? That’s about six or seven miles away. You’re not going to get there anytime soon in this weather. You’ll probably need to take a bus, and he said, ‘Okay, thank you sir.’ And he just kept going.”

“I said, well how come you’re not on the bus?” Papa said. “He said, ‘I can’t afford the bus until I get a job.’”

Reagan told Papa that he was walking to a job interview for a minimum wage job at a local thrift store. Though Papa knew the interview was at 10th and Sherman, he soon found out that Reagan was actually living at 42nd and Post, nearly 10 miles away.

“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,” Papa said. “That’s the kind of story your parents used to tell, my parents used to tell, up both ways in the snow.”

Papa gave him a ride the rest of the way, gave him money for lunch, and told him he’d try to see if he could find room for him in his kitchen if he still needed a job after the interview.

This young man will do just fine.  He understand that sitting at home getting government handouts isn’t the way he wants to start his life.  Something  AJ McIlroy and Anne Bovey can learn something from, if they had the inclination.


Source: Fox 59


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  • Steve (North Shore)

    Oh. Houston we have a problem. leads on to other unrelated clips

    • Hmmm. We’ll try to avoid clips like that next time. Sometimes you have to accept what’s available or have nothing at all.

  • Macca

    What the left can’t seem to grasp is that most of those of us on the right have done something similar to this at some stage of our lives ie. gone outside of our comfort zone to approach someone for a job or have been prepared to take a job at the bottom so as to get further up the ladder! That’s why we now have better jobs or houses or run businesses etc than they do – because at some stage in our lives, we took a hit and busted our arse to get where we are!! At the same time, most of out mates on the left were out blowing all their cash on booze, smokes and whatever!
    In 20 years time when this young kid owns his own house etc at age 40, it won’t have happened by accident – yet the left keep wanking on with the same old rich prick, poverty mentality, unaffordable housing dogma that we keep getting from the MSM!
    The really humorous thing is that its generally the left media who hold this type of kid up as a hero, and yet kids like this are so alien to the people I know on the left, its not even funny!

    • Cadwallader

      Great comment. When the kid is 40 the shame is that he’ll be getting his pocket rifled by the taxman to fund shit-headed losers of which he isn’t one.

  • cruiseyman

    Ha, never in good ol NZ. Last year when we were looking for staff but were sick of spending hours reading emailed CV’s from applicants who were only applying because they were being made to and would then not show up for interviews or job trials, we decided to change tactics and ask for CV’s to be delivered in person. This way we figured the person would be more likely to be motivated to work and we could assess the hickey, pajama wearing and pink hair situation straight off. Well instead of receiving the dozens of applications we normally would, we got 2. Yep, just 2. And one phone call from a guy asking if he could just email his CV anyway as he lived on the other side of town and couldn’t be bothered driving over. Coincidently this all happened at the same time J Campbell was giving loads of airtime to the desperately seeking job brigade.

    • I must remember that. That weeds out the crap.

      Oh how I hate the CVs that are written by mum, or worse, the phone calls by mum.

      They have no idea.

      • cruiseyman

        Hmmm almost but not quite Petal. We employed one of the 2 that showed, a 22 yr old female and she was nice enough but young and dizzy with a drop kick boyfriend who wouldnt stick in a job longer than a couple of weeks. She worked for us for about 5 mths then text (yes text) in sick a week after I’d had a baby and never showed up again. Now she is pregnant to said drop kick ( a planned pregnancy no less according to social media) and I have to fill in a form for WINZ to verify her past earnings so presumably she can sit on her backside all through her pregnancy and probably the rest of her life while me, the hard working business owner who had to work till 2 weeks before my baby was due forks over had earned tax $ to support her.

        • Oh, I know that feeling. One year I earned less than minimum wage to keep someone employed. Public don’t understand this. We’re all evil exploiting employers to them.

          • cruiseyman

            Yeah I think we need to form a support group. Employer’s union anyone? I’ll bring the wine.

          • Steve R

            I never had holidays for 7 years paid myself only when the business could afford it had chest pains ,sleepless nights and staff complaining 23 bucks an hour wasn’t much when I was sooo rich.

    • Liberty

      What gets me is the dishonesty of CVs
      eg A Applicant not advising they have a couple of kids.
      I have no problem with employing a person with children.
      Some days they might not get to work because the child is sick. Or they might have to pop out to collect the kid from school.
      But when you get a CV that is a bit short on information
      and you find out afterwards It is plain dishonest.

  • fozzie2

    If you see this as an uplifting story then you have a very warped sense of the world – seems to many crave third world standard of living for all but themselves – NZ can and should be better than this … in 10 years time this kid will be 10 years older and still earning the minimum wage in a crap job – but then he will be labelled by these same people as a looser !

    • cruiseyman

      If in 10 yrs time this kid is still on min wage then yes, something is very wrong. But if this kid is as motivated to get somewhere as he appears to be then maybe in 10 yrs time he’ll be running the company. Who knows. If any young person has a shot at success it’s someone like this. And he’s only a loser if he doesn’t bother getting off his arse in the first place.

      • fozzie2

        You might hope so Cruisey, but in the US chances are anyone without the right connections or education have a minimum chance of breaking out of that cycle – whilst I love to see people out there giving it a go and also to see someone who is prepared to offer that step up – it is no way to plan an economy.

        • cruiseyman

          I’ve looked the guy up and he got a job with the man he met that day and he’s studying as well (connections and education) so let’s just be happy for him. We’ll worry about the US economy another day.

        • Agent BallSack

          Bullshit, if youre going to make it anywhere with hard work and perserverance its the good old USA..its what the country is founded on.

        • Orange

          You’re a little confused between the USA and Africa. Well, maybe a lot confused.