Nothing could stop Walter Carr being late for his first day at a new job. When his car broke down and a lift fell through, he simply walked the whole way there.
Carr made the trek from his hometown of Homewood to Pelham. He had lined up a job with Bellhops, a moving company, and despite his phone showing the 22.5 kilometre (14 mile) journey would take seven hours on foot he would not give up.
Now the college student’s stunning determination has made him an instant celebrity and has seen him gifted a new car. The company’s CEO heard about the story and gave the young man his own SUV, a 2014 Ford Escape for his troubles.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to part ways with this and put it to better use” CEO Luke Marklin can be heard telling the stunned Carr in a video.
“It’s served my family and I very well…I think it will serve yours.”
“I’ve never been that person that gives up,” said the 20-year-oldCarr. “I’ve just never seen myself doing that. I can only be defeated if I allow myself to be defeated.”
NEW RIDE: Walter Carr, a new employee at an Alabama moving company, walked 20 miles for his first day on the job after his car broke down — an act that inspired the CEO of the company to give the young man a new car. @DavidMuir reports. #AmericaStrong https://t.co/uw6gGcC1ce pic.twitter.com/DAqpeD41Xu
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) July 18, 2018
Local police saw him resting on the ground in the early hours of the morning and pulled over to see what he was doing. They ended up buying him breakfast and dropping him off at a local church in time to rest before his first shift.
“Less than a minute from hearing his story, we were like, wow, this kid seems determined,” Pelham police officer Mark Knighten said.
Walter Carr won't have to worry about walking to work again. https://t.co/jmB0DMxXSc
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 18, 2018
“He WALKED ALL NIGHT”: Carr’s story has gone viral
Carr was scheduled to help the Lamey family move on his first day. Jenny Hayden Lamey was so moved by Carr’s determination to do his job that she penned a Facebook post about his overnight trek.
“He WALKED ALL NIGHT to get from Homewood to Pelham,” Lamey wrote. “Because he needed to get to work…You could tell how the officer told us this story that he had complete admiration for Walter and by my reaction he could tell I did too.” The feelgood post has since gone viral, with over 1,300 shares.
“I love making people’s lives less stressful, and this company spoke to me,” a proud Carr told Newsweek from his new car phone. “I didn’t want the company to think I was making excuses…. I won’t be calling in sick unless I am actually sick.”