Rare: Teen walks 10 miles in snow for job interview

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On radio today, Glenn discussed an amazing story from TheBlaze about a teen who walked through ten miles of ice and snow to get to a job interview.

“It’s a great story. It has been the number one story now on TheBlaze since we put it up I think yesterday: Restaurant owner finds a teen walking for ten miles through the snow for a job interview. He has the job interview, he finds out that the job has already been filled and he turns around and he starts walking back, and it’s snowing. And he’s walking in the snow another ten miles,” Glenn said.

TheBlaze reported:

Art Bouvier, the owner of a New Orleans-inspired restaurant located in Indianapolis saw a young man trudging through the early morning snow and ice last week. The teen stopped to ask Bouvier — who owns Papa Roux Po Boys and Cajun Food– how much further it might be to his final destination and was told it was six to seven miles.

“He thanked me and continued on,” Bouvier, who also goes by Papa, wrote of the encounter in a nowviral Facebook post. “He could have asked me for money for a bus. In fact I quite expected him to. He didn’t. He just started walking.”

To a local news station, Fox 59, Bouvier added that the teen later said he wouldn’t have money for a bus ride until he got a job.

Bouvier continued in his post that 15 minutes later he was in the car and told his wife to pull over when he spotted the teen — still walking.

That’s when he found out the 18-year-old named  Jhaqueil Reagan had intended to walk a full 10 miles for a job interview. The Bouviers gave Reagan a ride the rest of the distance — but that’s not all.

“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,” Bouvier told Fox 59. “That’s the kind of story your parents used to tell, my parents used to tell, up both ways in the snow.”

“I love this story, but here’s what bothers me: Every single one of us grew up with parents that said how they used to have to walk to school, you know, ten miles in the snow backwards, blindfolded with razor blades on the ground, right? ‘When we would ice skate, we would have to turn the razor blades and we would strap them to our feet and those were our ice skates, and he want the razor blade would have cut into the ice. So we had to use the thick end of the razor blade, which cut into our feet but we were okay with it because that’s the way it was.’ This story is number one. This was the way Americans used to be. It would have never been the number one story 25, 30, 40 years ago. It wouldn’t have been the number one story.”

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    Matthew 6:25-34 therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at how the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
    And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass in the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying “what shall we drink?” Or “What shall we drink? Or “what shall we wear? For the pagans run after these things, and you heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Dedication, determination and need drove the young man to make the journey for the sake of a job; such is true American Exceptionalism on display. God has something great in store for the young man, and may He bless both of them in the end.

    America is still the greatest nation on earth, and we will be once again unless as a people we choose to let it pass into the night.

  • Anonymous

    Now that is what I call an American! I am so tired of the lazy, inconsiderate, living off welfare people that have become the “new normal”. God Bless that young man.

  • Anonymous

    Sam Fisher, great quote from the scriptures.  However, I believe the Lord was talking to the 12 Apostles as he was instructing them to go far and wide to declare the Gospel.  This is not advice to the everyday family man who has a wife and family to support.

  • http://www.facebook.com/longmayitwave Eddina Symns

    DID the man give the kid a job?    Or did SOMEONE give him a job?
    The story leaves me hanging.

  • Anonymous

    I hope he gets all the blessings he deserves.  I hope Glenn keeps us updated on this fine young man.

  • Anonymous

    David, it applies to all of us. 

  • Anonymous

    I live here in Indianapolis and I can tell you that the restaurant owner who gave him a ride was so impressed by the boys dedication to wanting to work that he gave that young man a job in his own restaurant.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, how wonderful!  May God richly bless them both.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EGYTTJP5BPFPNNX6VDAH6JKDSA perfectlyaged

    Does anyone know if there is an account started at a bank for this young man? I heard from a different source that he had lost his Mother and was trying to provide for his brother and sister. I would like to send a contribution to the bank for this young man.  I am an eighty year old retired banker and I thank God for providing for me.  Or maybe the cafe owner would help those of us who want to give and get an account set up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1522827264 Nanci Holcomb Labrecque

    2 Thessolonians 3:10   For even when we were with you, this we commanded you: that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000609115222 Lindsay Smith
  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    I have to respectfully disagree. I feel that Jesus does not want us to worry about things of the world that he will provide for our every need. Even if that need is a job. This passage brings me great comfort and hope for I am to looking for work as well. Our God loves us and will help us in our time of need.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gbetters Gary Betters

    Glen can we somehow take up a collection for the I’M sure he’s a conservative haha.Liberal would have asked for welfare.Please if anyone started a collection let us know?
     

  • Donna Miles

    has anyone offered him a job? 
     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RCEXSOLPBZGIWKBTDARKNJF3QQ Nova

    I love the Story!!! Thank you ^_^

  • Anonymous

     Good thing, you don’t let a worker like that get away these days..

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think we give our youth enough credit.  Maybe I live in a bubble, but a few weeks ago, my son did just that:  Walked miles to get an interview.  It was snowing, he thought nothing of it.  He wanted a job.  He is still looking, jobs are scarce for young people in our community.  These wonderful legacies are our hope in the future.

  • Anonymous

    Why isn’t this story the headlines all over the media? I bet it will be totally bypassed by the MSM.

  • Anonymous

    This is a fine young man who refuses to play the victim. he will go far. God Bless

  • Anonymous

    Amen!  I wish the teens we hire where I work (major grocery chain) had his work ethic.  Most of them don’t want to work on weekends and call in all the time.  As long as Mommy and Daddy help with the cell phone and car payments, why bother.  I wish I had the money to send to this young man.  This whole thing lifts my spirit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diane-Thompson/100000062046031 Diane Thompson

    Glenn is trying to arrange to have him on radio tomorrow — I will listen and see if it happens.  

  • Anonymous

    Jesus was indeed talking to his apostles before they departed on their missionary endeavors, but the quote is still an excellent reminder to trust in God and that there are blessings for doing what is right, like the young man in the news story, going out in the snow like that to help his family. Like many of the Savior’s parables, more than one meaning can be found.

  • Anonymous

    With so many young people who are hired now, who think they should be able to check their personal email and FB page during working hours and still get a raise for just showing up, this kid surely would make an excellent employee. All businesses want now are trustworthy, loyal, team-player-types of  employees. No wonder they try to hire older people! The only place I know where experience is shunned and young employees are welcome is in the teaching field. Those positions require employees that are easily led, have no original ideas, and can be brainwashed. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.sanders.560 Aaron Sanders

    It is exactly for the everyday person, it is not advice, it is a command, but also a promise, God has everything in His hand, He wasnt saying dont work, but to not worry about where the needs were going to come from. Over and over again the Scriptures tell us to work, but God will provide our needs according to His riches in Glory by Christ Jesus.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God! I was beginning to think that a person who puts that kind of effort forth wasn;t being rewarded. Thank you Mr Bouvier. I hope these two have a long happy relationship.

  • Anonymous

    I would have loved to met this young man 20 years ago. lt just might have been the thing that would have kept my HVAC business open. With his attitude I would have turned over the good name, equipment and inventory because the area I am in needs an honest business. 

  • fedfreakinup

    God Bless that boy and his whole family

  • Anonymous

    They need to show his picture so his people would now what a real man looks like.He should be a role model for his people, not those worthless rappers or basketball players and such. This young man IS a real man.

  • Anonymous

    I wish someone would offer this young man a job. Since the job he walked 10 miles to get was already filled and he was this determined, someone in the Indianapolis area needs to offer him a job. Breaks my heart that he was so determined and yet didn’t get it. God Bless him and his family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ken.shook1 Ken Shook

    What does Jesus have to do with any of this?

  • http://twitter.com/AC_Rebecca Rebecca Rosenberg

    This isn’t a story of “hard work pays off”. It’s another story of “luck pays off”. How many teens and adults make similar journeys when no one stops, no one offers a ride or a job? Lots more than people like to think. It’s time for the delusion to end. Hard work doesn’t bring anyone up from the lower class into middle or upper class. Of all the developed nations, a person born poor in America has the least chance of upward mobility. Instead of perpetuating the great American myth, how about having a real conversation about how this can change?

    I’m happy for this young man, that he was fortunate enough to run into someone willing to give him a job.

  • Anonymous

    More than over 2 years ago I was home outside Washing my Car. Two men living in two different homes, both out of work sitting outside watching me. One came over and asked if I had any money to give him. I said I had money and would be glad to give him $10 Dollars if he would mow my lawn. He only took a split second to think about it and declined my offer. The 2nd man over heard the conversation, walked over and said he’d do it. I showed him the Shed where I kept my Mower, Gas and Gardening supplies and he went to work. I finished washing the Car, went inside for Coffee and occasionally watched him work. Finally I get a knock on my door and heard I’m all done, come see. Not only did he Mow the Lawn, he also raked up the trimmings and swept the grass of the sidewalk and drive way. We talked briefly but loud enough that the other neighbor heard. I told the man Thank You for a Job done better than I would do myself and said Here is $20 Dollars.   The first man walked over and said Hey, I thought you said $10 not $20. I said Yes thats right but he was willing to do the Job, took Pride in His Work and did more than he was expected to do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=730310197 Peggy LaMura

    Maybe I didn’t get the whole story, but, why didnt’ the man drive him?  Or at least offer part of the way?

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Glenn.  It’s a great story for today, but it shouldn’t be.  A number of years ago, my daughter, then a teen went to a family wedding without me.  She was later on a tour bus with some of the relatives. When the bus filled, an older couple came on to the bus.  She jumped up and offered her seat.  This was the talk of the bus and of the family for quite awhile.  I was proud of her, but how sad that it was so astonishing for her to do this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joanna.emerymiller Joanna Emery Miller

    I hope after all that, the man gave him a job!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joanna.emerymiller Joanna Emery Miller

    I hope after all this, the man gave the boy a job!!

  • Pugs APO

    Just when I have given up on the next generation of workers.  This story comes up.  This kind of perseverance was what made our country great!    Good Job, Mr. Reagan.  You have impressed us all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004586444078 Brendan Ortmann

    That is what American lacks. This kind of work ethic is beautiful. God Bless him!

  • Anonymous

    This is what I call a very real declaration of independence.

  • Anonymous

    I once rode my bike about 15 miles on a windy day for a job interview.  Along the way I had an accident and cracked my sternum, so I walked my bike the rest of the distance.  Instead of being impressed with my determination they thought I was a bit nuts.  I ended up getting a job at a bakery to which I either biked or walked almost 8 miles every morning to be there by 4:30 in the morning.  I was rarely late and never called in.  I think this restaurant owner will find out that he just hired a guy who could run the place for him eventually.  

  • Anonymous

    For me, there are two stories here and both good. I applaud the owner of the restaurant; He’s lucky to get someone with that kind of ethics. Jhaqueil Reagan is special……this guy in my opinion, is destined for greatness. All because of his determination under the circumstances; There was no guarantee he had the job, yet he trekked the distance. If there is one like this, there are others!

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    I am not saying he does not want us to work I am saying that he will provide for the work as long as you seek it. Just as it happen here. He walk ten miles to look for work and when he didn’t get the job the Lord provided him way to find work on his way to an interview. There is nothing wrong in thinking the Lord will help like I said it gives me hope that I can find a living. By the way I am going to use that verse I been fighting with a socialist that claims that Jesus was a socialist. Pray for people like me looking for work.

  • Anonymous

    Amen to that bro!  Great story about a great young American.  I just wished the business owner who helped gave the kid a ride had offered him a job too.  That would’ve made a perfect ending to this amazing story.  God bless that young man indeed!   

  • http://www.facebook.com/joanna.roberts.355 Joanna Roberts

    AMAZING!! GOD BLESS THIS KID 

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.fahey.942 Michael Fahey

    I am confused. I would have given him a ride and a job- and probably an advance,

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.wolf.56808 John Wolf

    The owner ended up giving him a job . The patrons of the diner collected money and bought him a bus pass to get to and from work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000799535432 Patti Lauritsen Orr

    I heard the resteraunt owner interviewed on a Seattle Radio station and he did offer him a job and the kid now works for him. :)

  • MusicMary

     Rebecca – I disagree – the young man was putting in the hard work of walking ten miles in the snow for a job interview – yes, he was fortunate to have someone come along and pick him up, etc. – but the reason they did so is because they were impressed with him because he was out there trying to do something – I don’t believe it was shear luck – he could have chosen to stay inside and complain about his situation – instead, he chose to do something in a bad situation – and he was rewarded for his effort.  Is everyone to be rewarded for every instance of effort – NO! – perseverance makes us strong.  And it is NOT an American “myth” that you can improve your lot in life by how hard you work – it is no a guarantee, but it is highly likely that with hard work, perseverance, and a can-do attitude, you will improve your  economic and social status – hundreds of thousands of people (maybe even millions) have done so in the last 200+ years.  Attitude is everything; perhaps yours needs to change.

  • Anonymous

    In response I grew up poor with tenacity. I was young and dumb, and married trailer park trash that looked like me who chased a $20 bill down the street, as described  by James Carvel. Within a year I was back on my feet with another house, while paying halif my income for spousal & child support. Several years later with lessons learned, I married a woman of quality who doesn’t look like me. True to her nature, my EX who is Democrat used race to turn my child against me; I chose wisely when put in a jam, I chose my wife over my son. 10 years later in spite no relationship with him, we gave him money to care for my EX who had aggressive breast cancer. Not because we wanted to, but because it was the right thing to do

    Before Democrat accendance in 2006, our net worth was $600,000, excluding retirement. (When the government minds the business of others, everyone suffers)Though there is plenty of blame to go around, Dems putting compassion and re-election before reason cost us half of it. So much for growing up poor attending schools where most teachers concentrated on union politics, or becoming administration instead of teaching; I earn much more than a teacher

    Because of Obama’s “State Capitalism” , it isn’t likey mine other families will recover their losses, and couples will have to work longer. This denies employment to others, and makes them watch their spending at an age most used to start to enjoying themselves before retirement. This has a negitive impact on the number of available jobs at every level.

    The young kids are in a jam, are the ones without tenacity and a work ethic, those with one with them face what I did, having to work harder to advance. In my case because there were too many a few years older, it was difficult to get a job. I remember as a teen steamimg cars under a metal roof in the summer for $1.65 /hr, and plenty of other gruesome employment many Illegals won’t do.  Every family puts its survival first as does a business; neither accumulting unnecessary debt in hard times. Why hire a teen without a known work ethic and tenacity, or hire full time employees with an uncertain economy?

    Obama Care pounds a bad economy into the dirt, and will end up costing many times what it was supposed to.  Google “NHS scandal” here’s a sample:
     http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/02/07/uk-britain-hospital-idUKBRE9150RV20130207

    If things were as bad as you suggest, why have the Illegals stayed? The dirty secret is they are better off here than back home, and we are supporting them just like a significant minority on welfare and food stamps. Big difference is a fw of them really work

  • http://www.facebook.com/oldbluephoenix Maggie Buergey

    A wonderful young man, and a great business owner, showing a great work ethic and charity.

  • Anonymous

    Not all people on welfare are lazy and inconsiderate.  Welfare is a safety net that we pay taxes to support.   Besides this story had nothing to do with welfare so why’d you bring it up?

  • Anonymous

    This is what America needs…not more taxes so people can sit on their rears and live off the system. That’s not healthy and not the way we are wired. This young man is what will make America great again. 

  • Anonymous

    Absolutely everything!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilse.dujmovic Ilse Dujmovic

    I knew there were still good kids out there. I would like to help him and his family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ilse.dujmovic Ilse Dujmovic

     katcurtis brought it up because this young man could have easily tried to get welfare. Since it has become so NORMAL these days. Pretty simple.

  • Anonymous

    I came home from work one day last summer (think Houston in August – mid 90s…).  I found out that my son who works in the seafood dept. of a local grocery store (already very hard work) had pulled an old bike out of our garage, pumped the flat tires, and ridden it several miles in the mid-day heat to get to work when his truck wouldn’t start.  I was a very proud mom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.carter.3348 Kevin Carter

     That is the kind of young man I would hire in a heartbeat. Rare that we see that work ethic in today’s youth. Truly inspiring..

  • http://www.facebook.com/tom.frye.9678 Tom R Frye

    I’ll second that. I know of a few kids like that…but they’re rare. It isn’t all their fault
    though…I guess. Parents don’t have time to teacher their kids like today like ours
    did. If there are two parents, both have to work now. The only ones teaching kids
    today are teachers…and some of them are excellent…others…not so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolyn.snyder.921 Carolyn Snyder

    AMEN! GOD BLESS THIS YOUNG MAN!

  • http://www.facebook.com/carolyn.snyder.921 Carolyn Snyder

    AMEN! GOD BLESS THIS YOUNG MAN!

  • Anonymous

    Well it’s not that simple. Most people have too much pride to sign up for benefits. To assume people less fortunate then you are welfare bums is ignorant. He may be on welfare and still walk 10 miles for a job interview. Does that change you opinion of him?

  • Anonymous

    just seen the story and it reminds me of how America used to be and why people come here, because….
    1. you do what you have to do ,to better your life (on the part of the young men)
    2. other people see and recognize it and give a “helping” hand to those that strive to better their lifes (on the part of the gentlemen who gave the young men a ride and later on a job)

    best example those days, on how exceptional really American’s still are and always will be

  • Anonymous

    How refreshing to hear stories of perseverance and goodness. The story of this young man and the restaurant owner. Plus many of the ones in this thread.

  • Anonymous

    Dear brother in Christ, I will be keeping you in my prayers! Continue to encourage yourself with the life giving Word. The verses you quoted, perfect. Matt. 6:33, But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his rightousness; and ALL.. not some..all these things shall be added unto you.  May you be encouraged also with Ephesians 6:10-20, with the focus here on verse 12, when it comes to dealing with people who make false claims against our Lord and Saviour.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places;

    Numbers 6:24-26
     

  • Anonymous

    No coincidence his last name is Reagan.

  • Anonymous

    Welfare is a way of life in America. In case you hadn’t noticed, about 48% of Americans are dependent on welfare. And not just a cup of coffee’s worth. It’s a lifestyle. Safety net my ass…. Do you know what communism is?

  • Anonymous

    thank you ,i almost thought iam the only one thinking that

  • Anonymous

    That is exactly how we were raised.  My Dad was very strict and we learned at an early age to be very good employees and work our hardest.  That was my Dad’s work ethic.  He was honest, dependable, encouraged others and was an overall good worker.  That young man just didn’t happen to run into that restaurant owner, God most certainly had a hand in that.  That young man is honest and true – God was in control that day, and it paid off.  That is wonderful that young man got a job – God bless he and his family.

  • Anonymous

    Welfare is a breeding ground for ignorance. The majority of welfare recipients are ignorant. They’re unaware of their earning potential. That street out there is a river of gold.

  • Anonymous

    I wish I could agree with you and say “most people” but sadly, what used to be a common work ethic is harder and harder to find.

    We have gone in the space of less than fifty years from “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your counrty” to “look out for number one” or “everyone’s doin’ it, man; why not me” and my personal favorite, “that’s why the government is there for, bro!”  

  • Anonymous

    That is GREAT–so glad to hear that the admirable Mr. Reagan now works for Papa Roux. I read Papa’s Facebook post and it is such a blessing to see a business owner recognize and go out of his way to reward the efforts of this young man. Giving a hand up–now THAT is what America is all about… 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mary-Elizabeth-Danuser/698607027 Mary Elizabeth Danuser

    I love feel good stories.Liz    Really positive&thats something news media doesn’t care for anymore.

  • John Sharp

    I’m in the Seattle area & would appreciate knowing  where this restaurant is located so I can go there & provide support for both the owner & the perserverance of the young man..My grandfather taught  me in the early 1930′s ”HOW TO WORK”..never minding what the work might be..& “DO YOUR WORK”..so ya’ don’t have to ‘back up to the pay window come payday’ & always try to do ‘piece work’ so ya get paid for YOUR efforts..& not what the ‘slackers’ who sit on their ‘keesters’ & expect the same pay!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001060075027 William Faraone

    Actually read this article “Teen walks ten miles…” and you will see how The Blaze has illiterate writers that can’t even use “spell check” or write complete sentences. I continue to urge them to hire someone that can actually do grammar and spelling checks on their articles, but they continue to be 3rd graders about the whole thing. They apparently think it’s cool to not know how to spell and organize sentences to actually make sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=819309534 Rebecca Lyne

    I think part of the problem related to our formerly great work ethic is two fold: first, the welfare state certainly has done a HUGE part in destroying it. But so has easy money from other sources. When a college grads started coming out of university making the kind of money it used to take 10, 15, 20 years to achieve, this also helped to destroy the work ethic. When people no longer had to prove themselves or “pay their dues” in the work place before being handsomely  rewarded, this was a disaster waiting to happen. And it did!

  • Anonymous

    A great ending to the story would have been that restaurant owner giving that man a job! Obviously, he is strong willed and a hard worker. He wouldn’t let the snow and ice stop him from walking 20 miles round trip for a job! This is an inspiring story and I wish more youth felt this way. I will pray for that young mans life, job prospects and protection. God Bless him.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t read any comments before I wrote mine, we think alike!

  • Anonymous

    If thats true, Amen!!

  • Anonymous

    really? Is that true? If so that is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing John.

  • Anonymous

    Propably, because most people in America want something or nothing. I hate to say it, but its true. There is no insentive for people to get off welfare, they live the lifestyle in many instantace and play woe is me instead of advancing themselves and getting a job when they are able. Not all people can work I understand that, do to young kids at home. Or special circumstances in some cases, but that is what the system is for, but there are many many many abuses of the system. To many people play the victim and don’t move forward to help themselves. You don’t have to agree, I am just saying.

  • Paulo Felipe Mendes Freire

    There’s jobs everywhere, but there are not the ones you want. John Galt would work everywhere,  would not be afraid or lazy to change his prior capacity, but would be working!

  • Anonymous

    That’s the way we roll in Indy Glenn.

    :- )

  • Anonymous

    hey ffsimp,
    I am in Indy as well.,, welcome neighbor !

  • Anonymous

     I heard that the IndyGo transit  Bus system here in Indy gave Mr. Reagan a bus pass good for one year.
    But… How he received it isn’t really an issue i reckon.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story. I hope he gets the job

  • Anonymous

    Sir,
     Papa Roux Po Boys and Cajun Food–
    This will be your best bet in trying to set up a bank account  for this young man.
    I only hope this doesn’t open the door to Dept of Child Services to come in and do an “investigation” He does admit to caring for his two younger siblings after his mother passed a few years back.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to meet his parents.  I bet that’s where a lot of that comes from.  It starts at home. God helps those who help themselves.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roberta.brancecum.3 Roberta Brancecum

    I heard about this story last night,I’m now reading my email from the blaze. I,m sitting her in tears as I read all the replies others have written and I think to myself I’m not alone in how I feel.
    God bless that young man, the man, who hired him, bless his business and everyone who who comes there to eat.

  • Anonymous

    Wow…great story, except Bouvier is parent to 2 daughters he hasn’t seen in 16 years and is months behind in his child support.  Nice of him to show emotional support for a stranger when he’s never shown interest in his own daughters. Also nice is him overpaying his help when he isn’t providing the support the courts have ordered. Fact check this with the Monroe County, MI courts if there’s any doubts.

  • Anonymous

    Wow…great story, except Bouvier is parent to 2 daughters he hasn’t seen in 16 years and is months behind in his child support.  Nice of him to show emotional support for a stranger when he’s never shown interest in his own daughters. Also nice is him overpaying his help when he isn’t providing the support the courts have ordered. Fact check this with the Monroe County, MI courts if there’s any doubts.

  • RevJules

    Wow!!!! Both the restaurant owner and the young man exemplify what is great in this country. Just watched an interview on FOX with the both of them. What an incredible story. The kid’s drive was inspired by a father who worked hard for his family and set the example for this kid. The restaurant owner gave him a job and a few other perks came the kid’s way once the story got out. The owner has a dedicated employee he knows will work hard and not whine about what is required to succeed.
    Most kids I’ve had contact with want it all handed to them. This gives me hope that there are more out there just like this young man. 
    If the restaurant was in my area, it’d be on my short list for nights out for dinner.

  • Anonymous

    He apparently was raised by a great set of parents and probably grandparents who instilled in him great work and life ethics.  This young man will go far in this world. Unlike the people who are willing to live off us tax payers, thanks to this administration.  I hope one day he becomes President of these United States.  This is the type of citizen who could bring back the pride and honor of being a United States citizen again.  Great Story!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Geoff-Pace/1447673162 Geoff Pace

    The rest of the story should’ve been….”so I gave the kids a job just because of his true grit!”

  • Anonymous

    I see the hand of God at work. Brought me to tears.

  • Anonymous

    I love this! There’s talent on our side.

  • Anonymous

    very heart warming–God Bless this young man and his parents

  • Anonymous

    This reminds me of story of Mohandas Ghandi who taught this concept. I heard it from his grandson (Arun Ghandi) who spoke at BYU several years ago. While living at his grandfather’s compound in India (1946-1948) he observed a new intern who was the son of a government official, who wanted his son to learn some life’s-lessons from Ghandi.  The new intern had been attending college and was used to a privileged life. Ghandi immediately put him to work cleaning the toilets —the toilets consisted of buckets, located in a room for the purpose of defecating and urinating. The new intern’s job was to take the used buckets and empty them in a pit out back, bury the contents, clean the buckets, clean the room, and return the buckets for further use. After several days of this duty, he asked Ghandi for a new job, in which Ghandi insisted that he continue with this important job. In addition to his other duties, the intern continued this thankless job for several more weeks and endured the task for several months. Finally, after asking several times for a change in duties, Ghandhi taught the lesson that he wanted this young man to learn: “When you can learn to do small things in a great way  —only then will you be able to accomplish great things.”

  • Anonymous

    I live in the great state  Indiana and I am so proud of this young man.
    What a fine example he is of the true American Dream..in his case just getting a job.
    You are my hero, Reagan and you make me proud.

  • Anonymous

    Great young man, God Bless this young man

  • Anonymous

    That’s interesting because government reports as well as independent studies demonstrate that only about 4.1% of Americans are on welfare (at least type of welfare at which you seem to scoff). Your number is wildly inflated. Beyond this, even if 48% of people were on welfare, this is not causal evidence that people are abusing the welfare system. Instead, it would seem to also point to larger problems with the economy, social support systems, education programs, how people treat each other, etc. . .

    I particularly love the comment about communism as if to imply that “communist” or “socialist” leaning programs will result in countries where the people are unhappy, lazy, too dependent on the system, and not free to live the life they choose. Newsflash – there are dozens of other countries (Canada, the Scandinavian nations, Germany, the UK, France, Japan, Australia, etc. . .) that have so called “socialist” programs yet these people live happy, free lives. They also receive consistently better ratings on several indices including life expectancy, subjective happiness ratings, health, education, birth rates, clean air and water, credit rating, how much they trust their fellow man, prisoner incarceration (the US is one of the highest), etc and surprise, surprise, the number of people on welfare (these countries have fewer people “abusing” the system). 

    Many Americans need to wake up to the fact that not all “socialist” programs end in disaster nor does the implementation of a socialist program necessarily lead to a communist state. Coastie407 previously commented that the mentality in America has become “look out for number one.” I agree that this mentality runs rampant in America but not just amongst people on welfare (as Coastie407 seemed to imply). People are too scared that “socialist” programs will impinge on their personal freedom and compromise their way of life. They are so scared for themselves that they are unwilling to help out their neighbours in time of need despite evidence from other countries that their fears are unwarranted.  It is quite possible that if more money, time, and effort was pumped into education, job support, and healthcare programs, people would be more equipped to work. 

  • Anonymous

    Good to know his hard work paid off.

  • Anonymous

      Actually,
    I have to agree with Rebecca on this. High social mobility in American
    is pretty much a myth – there are several studies indicating this. While
    anecdotes of some people changing their lot in life are inspiring, they
    are hardly the norm. Social mobility in America is quite low and
    America scores high (bad thing) on intergenerational income elasticity.
    To expand, if a person earns $ 20 000 more than the national average,
    about 50% of this additional income ($10 000) can be explained by a
    parent having earned additional income. It works the other way too (so
    if you learn less than average, then some of this earning can also be
    attributed to what one’s parents earn). What this means is that, in the
    US, what you earn is highly correlated with the social class into which
    you were born.

    In fact, as far as developed nations go, the US as one of the worst
    elasticity ratings. Scandinavian countries sit at about 20% elasticity
    (only 20% of income disparity passed onto children). In these countries,
    hard work pays off more – there is much more room for social mobility.

    The funny thing is, despite the numerous studies done on the lack of
    opportunity for social mobility in the US, Americans still believe the
    US is the best country in which to live if you want to improve your
    stature in life. This is an illuminating read I suggest you look into:

    http://www.brookings.edu/resea

    Anyway, this is all just to say, that while you may believe, based on
    personal experience or a few anecdotes, that improving your lot in life
    by hard work is “highly likely”, this is untrue given the numbers. It
    is only “highly likely” in other countries like Canada and Norway.
    Although speculative, this may be because these countries have better
    education and social support systems to assist people in improving their
    lot in life.

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I have to agree with Rebecca on this. High social mobility in America
    is largely (although not completely) a myth – there are several studies indicating this. While anecdotes of some people changing their lot in life are inspiring, they
     are hardly the norm. Social mobility in America is quite low and
    America scores high (bad thing) on intergenerational income elasticity.
    To expand, if a person earns $ 20 000 more than the national average,
    about 50% of this additional income ($10 000) can be explained by a
    parent having earned additional income. It works the other way too (so
    if one earns less than average, then some of this failure in earning can be
    attributed to what one’s parents earn). What this means is that, in the
    US, what you earn is highly correlated with the social class into which
    you were born.

    In fact, as far as developed nations go, the US has one of the worst
    elasticity ratings. Scandinavian countries sit at about 20% elasticity
    (only 20% of income disparity passed onto children). In these countries,
     hard work pays off more – there is much more room for social mobility and having rich parents has less influence on guaranteeing you a rich adulthood.

    The funny thing is, despite the numerous studies done on the lack of
    opportunity for social mobility in the US, Americans still believe the
    US is the best country in which to live if you want to improve your
    stature in life. Americans are believers – and this has inspired many great ideas in this country. However, they are sometimes believers to a fault – sometimes, that belief is ill-founded or overly simplified given the complexities of a situation.

    Anyway, this is all just to say, that while you may believe, based on
     personal experience or a few anecdotes, that improving your lot in life
     by hard work is “highly likely”, this is untrue given the numbers. While it can happen, it is much harder than you think – there are several other factors besides hard work that contribute to social mobility and high income.   

  • Anonymous

    Are you interested in the content of The Blaze articles? This is like looking at two people; one beautiful and the other not so much. The beautiful person, Is a cheat, A thief and a liar. The not so beautiful one is, Sweet, thoughtful and honest. You would pick the beauty, wouldn’t you?

    Anyone with an once of common and business sense knows the Blaze is in its’ infancy; Money’s tight. Editors don’t come cheaply……so if you can gather up a little patience and understanding……perhaps over-look the exterior, and concentrate on the content. You’ll get the hang of it; I don’t work there but can almost guarantee, they are aware of the problem.

  • Anonymous

    You can thank the Obama administration for that fiasco and not the American people. We want everyone to be free not just us; All nations should be able to enjoy what our Constitution offers.
    Unfortunately, This regime doesn’t share our views and we are fighting as well; They are chipping away our God given rights one-at-a-time, but we too are fighting back.

  • Anonymous

    What you have shared does not negate what this gentleman… did do… for this young man. Other than for personal matters I see no reason to have stained this story which, in and of itself, has been inspiring and up-lifting to many here.

      Are you one of the family members?  Do you have such intimate details of this case that you know absolutely what has transpired between him and the mother of these girls?  Or for that matter what has been told to the girls by their mother.
     
    Your judgement of him sounds very one-sided.  No one here should render a verdict based on what sounds like, prejudiced information.

    Knowing the details in that case are moot concerning what has transpired.  Mr. Bouvier did a good thing. He’s not running for office, he didn’t set out to be recognized, so lets leave the…ugly….. where it seems to belong… in your heart.

    God is the one who used Mr. Bouvier to help this young man out. Simple.
    I do not wholly believe in coincidence.

    If you don’t like what he did, please, feel free to take this issue up with God.
    Now that’s a court record I’d like to read.

    In John 8:7  Jesus says, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. (him). 

    NUMBERS 624-26

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darlene-Appling/100000606038268 Darlene Appling

    thats wonderful!!! makes you wonder what these people are doing all day holding up signs about  asking for donations to feed their family and what not why arent THEY walking 10 miles to find job??

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darlene-Appling/100000606038268 Darlene Appling

    ru the same kcurtis that is on sodahead?? i love your posts!!!

  • Anonymous

    A portion of Social Mobility is Structural mobility is mobility, which results from changes in the number and kinds of jobs available in a society. A good example is Obama’s “Great Recession”, and the many job losses caused by the uncertainty of his policies. Are you exxluding this as a variable, and if so make a lucid arguemet. Being a Fabian ideologue as well as generally incompetent, Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter; a “Christian Socialist” from the backward Ruskin school of “Religious Socialism “ I suffered his policies with a 16% home loan. How many jobs are gone until the hubris of Obama’s policies are changed?
    Why didn’t you mention anything about the causes of “Downward Mobility.” (For comeupin’s you should have said something out of indignation) A recovering Liberal neighbor with a brain, good heart, and Pilipinna wife who grew up in privilege, chose badly in college, and is suffering the consequences in a lesser position than I am now until his parents die. Out of Buddhist compassion, I went out of my way to teach him how to salvage an existing fence saving him thousands of dollars.
    “Bad Choices” a part of “Downward Mobility” no government isn’t obligated to correct at the expense of taxpayers; empirical observation taught me this as a Duh moment. People who are married are less likely to be in poverty. I have an “out of wedlock” nephew who is the reason one of my sister-in-laws is struggling with an MBA paying for his college.
    Part of Social Mobility is education, which has many definitions:
    There is a “Classic Liberal” education consisting of the best of Western, Greek and Roman knowledge; trouble is it includes personal responsibility for freedom and the freedom to fail and learn from your failure. Other than Hillsdale College it is no longer taught.
    There are trade schools who teach “How to make a living”; though the pinnacle of a proper German education with a causeway to college, they too are generally not available in the US because everyone is supposed to go to college regardless of whether they have the mettle or intelligence. (At least one of Daimler Benz’s CEOs was trade school tracked) to the chagrin of “Everyone should go to college idiots”
    Continuing with Social Mobility on education with choices only for “Those to the Manner Born”:
    There are too many teachers! Many of which could, and will soon, be replaced with only a few of the “best and the brightest” with the leverage of computers serving at least a hundred students each. It happened to every other profession skilled or professional. Having no bone to pick with unions or companies expressing their own best interest acting together, their actions are over the top. There is NOT an economic reason to support stupidity.

    There are lots of people with degrees in “Child Development, psychology, ethnic studies, that the market of common sense won’t employ either; just like other professions economy is demanded for existence. Adam Smith figured this out with a still revered empirical observation of the “Wealth of Nations” over 210 years ago.

    The only possible claim Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) and Canada have advantage over the US & UK (So far though I argue it is changing) is since their existence as nations, they have different histories. To those who disagree, any diversity claim is similar to what I leave in a Chinese squat toilet. When in China or Taiwan, I speak and act accordingly

  • Anonymous

    Type your reply…

  • Anonymous

    A portion of Social Mobility is Structural mobility is mobility, which results from changes in the number and kinds of jobs available in a society. A good example is Obama’s “Great Recession”, and the many job losses caused by the uncertainty of his policies. Are you exxluding this as a variable, and if so make a lucid arguemet. Being a Fabian ideologue as well as generally incompetent, Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter; a “Christian Socialist” from the backward Ruskin school of “Religious Socialism “ I suffered his policies with a 16% home loan. How many jobs are gone until the hubris of Obama’s policies are changed?
    Why didn’t you mention anything about the causes of “Downward Mobility.” (For comeupin’s you should have said something out of indignation) A recovering Liberal neighbor with a brain, good heart, and Pilipinna wife who grew up in privilege, chose badly in college, and is suffering the consequences in a lesser position than I am now until his parents die. Out of Buddhist compassion, I went out of my way to teach him how to salvage an existing fence saving him thousands of dollars.
    “Bad Choices” a part of “Downward Mobility” no government isn’t obligated to correct at the expense of taxpayers; empirical observation taught me this as a Duh moment. People who are married are less likely to be in poverty. I have an “out of wedlock” nephew who is the reason one of my sister-in-laws is struggling with an MBA paying for his college.
    Part of Social Mobility is education, which has many definitions:
    There is a “Classic Liberal” education consisting of the best of Western, Greek and Roman knowledge; trouble is it includes personal responsibility for freedom and the freedom to fail and learn from your failure. Other than Hillsdale College it is no longer taught.
    There are trade schools who teach “How to make a living”; though the pinnacle of a proper German education with a causeway to college, they too are generally not available in the US because everyone is supposed to go to college regardless of whether they have the mettle or intelligence. (At least one of Daimler Benz’s CEOs was trade school tracked) to the chagrin of “Everyone should go to college idiots”
    Continuing with Social Mobility on education with choices only for “Those to the Manner Born”:
    There are too many teachers! Many of which could, and will soon, be replaced with only a few of the “best and the brightest” with the leverage of computers serving at least a hundred students each. It happened to every other profession skilled or professional. Having no bone to pick with unions or companies expressing their own best interest acting together, their actions are over the top. There is NOT an economic reason to support stupidity.

    There are lots of people with degrees in “Child Development, psychology, ethnic studies, that the market of common sense won’t employ either; just like other professions economy is demanded for existence. Adam Smith figured this out with a still revered empirical observation of the “Wealth of Nations” over 210 years ago.

    The only possible claim Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland) and Canada have advantage over the US & UK (So far though I argue it is changing) is since their existence as nations, they have different histories. To those who disagree, any diversity claim is similar to what I leave in a Chinese squat toilet. When in China or Taiwan, I speak and act accordingly

  • Deborah Smith

    I loved this story…but, today, here is another INSPIRING story…equally as impressive and HEARTWARMING…  http://twentytwowords.com/2013/02/28/restaurant-owner-with-down-syndrome-runs-the-friendliest-eatery-ever/

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.wheaton.5 Patricia Wheaton

    It is wonderful that the young man was willing to walk, where so many would knock someone in the head to get a few dollars rather then be interested in working. God Bless the young man & the restaurant owner. Wish it were a few hundred miles closer so we could go buy a meal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.wheaton.5 Patricia Wheaton

    It is wonderful that the young man was willing to walk, where so many would knock you in the head to get a few dollars rather than be interested in working. God Bless the young man & the restaurant owner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Anita-J-Fairchild/100000071881606 Anita J Fairchild

    Please tell me that the young man got the (a) job after all the ‘walking in the snow & ice’ part!! Anita in KS

  • Anonymous

    So glad to hear this story and to now he was given more than a job but actually an opportunity. Onkly God really knows te rest of th story. Thank You for sharing this Good News! We need to hear more of this kind of news. It is th American way we ove and live

  • Anonymous

    I am disgusted and appalled by this segment of your show.

    I have done more than walked through 10 miles of snow. I have
    suffered more than walking through 10 miles of snow. And I was treated like the
    scum of the earth when I interviewed with the president of your company. I
    encompass and embody every single quality you claim to admire in your employees.  Work ethic??? Work ethic is perseverance and
    doing whatever it takes to reach your goals. Limitations are a lie. Being told
    the position has already been filled is only a small obstacle; snow is only a
    small obstacle. Nothing is impossible if you truly have the long term drive and
    perseverance and passion to achieve your goals. I have experienced an endless
    winter and risked everything and almost my life to reach my goals and fulfill
    the purpose I am meant to fulfill.

     

    And then one day I was given the opportunity to meet you in
    Oklahoma City, Mr. Beck, and I inquired about a job. You stated very sincerely
    that you were always looking for and needed writers and researchers.
    After many months, I finally met with the president of Mercury One in Dallas.

    I was resourceful enough to barter the use of my brother’s car
    for house and dog sitting rather than walking to the studios in Irving from Fort
    Worth. And here is what happened:

    I was immediately talked down to and told there was no way I
    could be hired except as an intern. And since I had recently finished grad
    school, I could never qualify for the internship program. I was never asked
    about my experience or writing or skills or talents or anything at all for that
    matter. He did, however, advise that I could get involved in a program in which
    I could do short write ups without compensation about interesting stories and
    send those in via email, but I would have to be signed up for this program. I
    expressed interest and was promised by the president of your company that I
    would receive all the information via email in the next few days, but at the
    same time he strongly advised me to stay in academia and get a PhD rather than
    pursuing a job with your company. Afterwards, I was quickly ushered out the
    doors and of course, never received any information about the “send us free stories”
    program.

     

     

    You want to speak the truth? You want to be an honest,
    upstanding human being and own a company that upholds the values and ethics you
    claim to uphold?  You need to be aware
    that there are rare individuals who are incredibly talented and willing to do
    any menial task in order to work on your team. Interns are not the way to go. Why
    would you want hack writers with no experience and no knowledge of suffering
    and hard work; no knowledge of  how much
    it REALLY takes to actually earn something, truly value something, and do it at
    any and all costs. Suffer to reach goals no matter what. Risk everything for
    what they know is their passion and their purpose!!???

    I do not and will never want to be on TV as you claim so
    many people do who join your team.

    I don’t care about so called ‘fame’ or excessive amounts of money
    or any other trivial crap. What I do want is to be given the opportunity to do
    what I do best and prove my ability and talent. If not that, then at the very least
    I would like an apology for being treated like an inconvenience and like a
    waste of time; an apology for NOT being who you claim to be. Not because I think I am entitled to
    anything (I am not), but because I am a person. A person with a working,
    thinking, resourceful mind who is calling you out on the hypocrisy within your
    organization.

    I was treated like a piece of crap and lied to by the
    president of your company.  A dying
    homeless man on the street probably would have been treated better and with
    less disdain and spoken to in a nicer, more polite tone of voice rather than
    one on condescension and irritation.

    I have gone without every basic human luxury (heat, air
    conditioning, food, clothing that is not riddled with holes). I am not riff-raff.

    I am a writer and I am passionate about truth and research
    and delivering that truth no matter what—no matter how much I have to struggle
    and do crap grunt work in order to get to that position. I refuse to be in a
    box which apparently you have to challenge the people on your staff to stay out
    of. If you want the best, hire those who already live the life expressed by the
    words you preach— resourcefulness, refusing to accept limitations, and impossibilities.

    My God…run your company by practicing what you preach. Be
    involved in hiring those truly rare
    individuals who would be more resourceful and much cleverer than to actually
    walk 10 miles in the snow. Hire the ones who would rent a bike or borrow a bike
    or barter for the use of a bike or a car by doing something like shoveling snow.
    Don’t hire the people who accept limited thinking. Hire the resourceful. Hire
    those with a long established stance on no excuses, no limitations, and never
    accepting “impossible.”