Jhaqueil Reagan Impresses Indiana Restaurant Owner with Willingness to Walk 10 Miles to Job Interview

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Jhaqueil Reagan was walking to a job interview at an Indiana Dairy Queen when he crossed paths with Art Bouvier, the proprietor of Cajun restaurant Papa Roux. Bouvier was laying down rock salt outside his restaurant when Reagan, 18, approached him and asked him how far it was to the street where the Dairy Queen was. Bouvier told the teen that the address was probably about six or seven miles away and he’d be better off taking the bus than walking. Reagan thanked him and went on his way.

Later on in the day Bouvier was driving to a coffee shop with his wife when they saw Reagan walking on the side of the road. The couple pulled over and offered him a ride, reports The Daily Mail. After Bouvier got in the vehicle, he revealed that he didn’t have any money for bus fare and that he had already walked three miles by the time he had met Bouvier earlier in the day. That meant the young man was prepared to walk almost 10 miles to get to a job interview at a Dairy Queen.

Even if Reagan got the job, it would have only paid him minimum wage. In Indiana, the state's minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Bouvier was instantly impressed.

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

Bouvier offered the young man a job at Papa Roux at double the salary that Dairy Queen would have paid. Reagan accepted.

He had his first day on Monday. “It’s crazy. I don’t even know. It’s really crazy,” Reagan said. “My heart’s just racing right now. I’m just too excited, just excited to start.”

After Bouvier posted the story to his Facebook account, it quickly went viral. The status message with the teen’s tale has almost 15,000 “likes” and has been shared nearly 4,000 times.

Source: (The Daily Mail)