College Student’s 20-Mile Hike to His New Job Pays Off Big Time

His car broke down before his first day at work but this young man did not want to be late — then police officers spotted him

Image Credit: Jenny Hayden Lamey, Facebook

A college student in Alabama who hopes to join the U.S. Marine Corps made a good first impression on his first day at a new job — and it has already paid off in a replacement for his broken-down car.

Walter Carr’s 2003 Nissan Altima conked out just before his first day at the Bellhops moving company, according to media reports.

So, not wanting to show up late on his first day, 20-year-old Carr left his home in Homewood, Alabama, about midnight and started walking, alone in the dark, so he could get to the job on time, reported.

Some police officers spotted him at about 4 a.m. in Pelham, Alabama, and took him to breakfast before dropping him off at his destination, the news site reported.

Carr’s first-day client, Jenny Lamey, offered to let him rest a bit, but Carr got straight to work instead.

She learned that Carr and his mother were Hurricane Katrina refugees who had moved to Alabama after losing their home in Louisiana, according to Lamey’s Facebook post.

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We've all seen the amazing story shared by Jenny about one of our bellhops, Walter Carr. Many have asked if we have any video from the moment CEO Luke Marklin thanked Walter for the perseverance he demonstrated on his first day w/ Bellhops Moving #TheWorldNeedsMoreWalters

Posted by Bellhops Moving on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Lamey was impressed by Carr’s work ethic, so she started a GoFundMe page to try to raise money for a new car for the young man. As of early Wednesday, the page had raised more than $32,200 — well beyond its $2,000 goal.

When Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin learned about his new employee, he drove his own 2014 Ford Escape from Tennessee on Monday, so he could let Carr have it.

Related: Why So Few Young People Want to Be Part of Our Military

“I am honestly blown away by him,” Marklin told “Everything he did that day is exactly who we are — heart and grit. So far, he’s batting 1,000.”

The Associated Press contributed to this Fox News piece, which is used by permission.

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(photo credit, homepage and article: Jenny Hayden Lamey, Facebook)

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