Teen lands job while walking 10 miles in snow to interview

February 26, 2013 7:06:37 PM PST
An 18-year old from Indiana is receiving worldwide attention Tuesday for his extreme dedication to getting a job to help his family.

Jhaqueil Reagan was walking on his way to a job interview last Friday when he crossed paths with restaurant owner Art Bouvier.

Bouvier told the teenager he better catch a bus because he had seven miles to his destination, certainly too far to walk through snow and ice.

Reagan thanked him but kept walking. Fifteen minutes later, Bouvier came across the young man again.

"I said how come you're not on the bus. He said, 'I can't afford the bus until I get a job.' I'm thinking to myself, here's a kid walking almost 10 miles in the ice and slush and the snow for the hope of a job at minimum wage. That's the kind of story my parents used to tell," Bouvier said.

Bouvier heard enough. He offered Reagan a job on the spot at the Cajun restaurant he owns in Indianapolis.

"I'm lucky I met him," Reagan said. "I'm really lucky I met him. It's overwhelming. I didn't expect all of this or anything. I was just going to a job interview."

It turns out Reagan's been caring for his siblings since their mom died two years ago. Reagan says he learned his work ethic from his dad and he hopes to soon be able to get his own apartment close to work.


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