EXCLUSIVE WEB EXTRA: Watch Glenn sit down with the inspiring teen who walked 10 mi in the snow for a job interview

The story of Jhaqueil Reagan, the 18-year-old Indianapolis teen who walked 10 miles in a snow storm in order to get to job interview, has made national headlines because of Reagan’s remarkable dedication and work ethic. Reagan did not get the job he trekked through the snow for, but he did get a job at Papa Roux Po Boys and Cajun Food after the restaurant’s owner, Art Bouvier, saw Reagan on his way to the interview that snowy day.

Glenn exclusively sat down with Reagan and Bouvier to get their reaction to the story that has restored a lot of people’s faith in America’s youth. Reagan, who lost his mother at the age of 17, credits his father for instilling a strong work ethic in him from an early age. He explained that although his family never had a lot of money, his dad worked his “fingers to the bone” everyday to provide for them. For his part, Bouvier explained that he did not hire the teen for publicity’s sake, but rather because he was so inspired by Reagan’s obvious dedication. Both Reagan and Bouvier are “very grateful” to have found one another, and they look forward to working with one another for years to come.

WATCH the full interview here:

  • Draxx

    I was raised by my mother to have strong work ethics (my stepfather was more counter-productive if anything).  She worked hard to support 5 kids and a useless mooching husband (he worked 6-7 months out of the 7 1/2 yrs they were married and that was between 5 jobs).   But, he wanted everything handed to him, including dinner at 6pm when he came home from drinking with his brothers with alcohol bought from my mom’s hard work.  My mother came home at 5pm and went straight to the kitchen to start cooking (many times with tears in her eyes).  At dinner we would have to hear him bitch about how the world owes him everything (including us kids because he made sure we always had a good dinner…).  Many times us kids offered to make dinner, and our mom would turn us down saying it was her responsibility.  Often she would say that if you make a commitment, then “You Must Follow That Commitment”!  She earned enough to buy us the Plain Clothes for School, but not enough for anything designer because our stepfather spent it on partying with his brothers.  She told me at the age of 10 that if I wanted better things like designer clothes, that she would cover the amount of money for the basic ones and I Needed To Go Work and Earn Extra Money For What I Wanted.  Well there isn’t many jobs out there for 10 year olds, but there was always yard work and chopping wood for Senior Citizens (which she taught us how to always show them respect and answer them Yes Sir, Yes Ma’am and never Uh-Huh).  She loaned me $20 to buy a used lawn mower, some gas, and a grass rake (with a promise to pay her back first to show responisiblilty and appreciation for what she did for me), this was back in May of 1977.  So I pushed that lawnmower down the sidewalk with a gas can hanging off the rake handle over my shoulder.  The first few houses turned me away (not a good start for motivation especially for a 10 yr old), but on the next block there were more seniors living there and they were more than Happy to give me some hard work for $2 – $5 (at first many yards were poorly taken care of and it took 3-4 hrs of work to clean them up, but after that it got much easier to maintain them [another good lesson once things were in order it is easier to keep them that way]).  Since school was still going I had worked all month on weekends to pay my mother back, and ended up with $5 for more gas so I could keep working.  Once June hit and I could work during the week I started to really make some money $10-20 a day, and let me tell you I Loved Having My Own Money.  I was able to buy an axe & hatchet to cut wood too (which payed better than lawns).  By the end of Juned I had 9 regular customers that would have me come back on a schedule, suddenly I had a steady income (very good motivation to continue).  In July my used mower broke and I saw everything start to fall to pieces in my mind, sitting on a back porch and crying when an old man came out and saw me.  He asked what was wrong, I told him that the mower died and that I wouldn’t be able to keep my commitment to him, he responded is that all of your worries was my commtment to him, and I told him that commitment is everything.  He said well I can’ let you break your commitments then, so he loaded me and the mower into his truck and drove me to a small engine repair shop and bought me a Rebuilt Mower and traded the broken one for reduced price.  When we got back to his house I told him that I couldn’t afford to pay him back the $40 he just spent, he told me that if I mowed his lawn the rest of the summer that we would be even!  *Note: being a kid I spent the money I earned as fast as I made it, after that I learned to put some into savings (my mom helped me get a savings account and how to keep a ledger).  When school time came I had over $200 for clothes plus the $80 my mom had for my clothes, so I was dressed like I the Rich Kids (I did not buy those clothes to look rich, but so that I did not look so poor!).  I found a pride in myself that I never had before, and my friends respected me for doing it myself (also my mom praised me for it).  The seniors showed me a respect that they did not show other kids!

    Hard work showed me that there are Rewards for coming home stinking and sweaty…

  • Anonymous

    When I was 16, I worked 12 hours a day at a poultry farm back in rural Alabama. By the time I was that kids age I was off to Marine Boot Camp.
    Naturally, I turned out to be a godless liberal with European Socialist tendencies.

    People like this kid don’t make the best conservatives. The people who make the best conservatives are the ones who get to idealize this sort of life from afar…not the ones who’ve actually had to live it. 

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry, but are you implying that there is nothing “conservative” in what this kid did?  

  • Anonymous

     It was my Dad’s Dad..Gramps..we called him..with great respect too I might add..who while I was still a youngster in the mid 1930′s instilled in me & my 3  younger brothers “how to work”  so that come “hell or high water”  we’d know how to work..& no matter what the work might be..do it to the best of our ability..& best if it were ‘piece’ work..so we’d be paid by what we were able to ‘produce’ & NEVER be ashamed to go to the ‘pay’ window..with a satisfied smile on our faces.  We  were without parents from 1944 on..Here it is 2013 & ALL of us are still around & raised families..Each of us served in the military..one Navy, One Army, 2 Air Force  &  all  of us..after our tours developed our own business’s & one  is a  retired pro meat cutter..None with more that 3 yrs. of HS..We’re NOT the exception by any means..of those who grew up in that time in America’s ups & downs..It’s sad what’s happening to our country under the present administration..when it reality…IMO..Obama could have chosen to UNITE our country..instead of going on the ‘PARTISAN’ SOCIALISTIC AGENDA..Which is KILLING THE AMERICA I GREW UP IN..& FOUGHT TO KEEP FREE FOR MY KIDS & GRAND KIDS & GREAT GRAND KIDS!!