How far would you go to get a job in this economy? Would you walk through snow to work? How about walking 10 miles in the snow for an INTERVIEW for a minimum wage job?
That's what Jhaqueil Reagan was doing when he stopped to ask Art Bouvier for directions. Art realized that the teen still had another 7 miles to go, and told him he should take the bus since the weather was so bad. Jhaqueil simply smiled, thanked him, and continued walking.
A little while later, Art Bouvier was driving to a coffee shop with his wife when they spotted Jhaqueil, still walking. They pulled over and offered him a ride. On the way, they found out he was walking to interview for a minimum wage job. Apparently, his mother had passed away a couple years before, and Jhaqueil was looking for work to help support his younger brothers and sisters. He'd dropped out of high school to take care of them, and had just gotten his GED.
On the spot, Art offered the 18-year-old a job at his restaurant, making twice the amount Jhaqueil would have made at the minimum wage job he'd been trudging through the snow to interview for because he didn't have enough money to take the bus.
After learning of Jhaqueil's ambition, Indinana's public transportation division, IndyGo, stepped up and gave the teenager a year's worth of bus passes. Jhaqueil says he's overwhelmed by the response to his plight, and he's absolutely thrilled with his new job.