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Bellhops rewards gritty college student who walked to first day of work

19 July 2018
Bellhops rewards gritty college student who walked to first day of work

Carr, whose auto broke down just before his first day of work, made the 32-kilometre journey on foot, a feat that earned him fame - and a new vehicle.

I don't know that Walter would have shared if I hadn't asked him to. "Now, as we think about certain things we have to do to run a great business, knowing that the bar is to walk over 20 miles to never let a customer down, I think the sky is the limit". He estimated that it would take seven hours, and he threw in an extra hour in case he needed time to rest. He left his house at midnight to begin the trek.

Pelham police officer Mark Knighten saw Carr walking along the side of Highway 280 at about 3AM. When they found out that the young man was doggedly walking all the way to his job, and was only about halfway there, the police chose to help Carr out. He tried asking others for a ride to his destination, but no one was able to take him, but that didn't deter Carr. They then dropped him off at his appointment.

Lamey and her husband were up early, putting their furniture out in the yard for the moving company to pick up. USA Today reports Carr was surprised by all the fuss.

"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", she added in her post. She shared the story on Facebook and set up a GoFundMe to raise money for Walter to fix his auto. Another patrol auto checked on the young man and transported him to Jenny Hayden Lamey's home who he was supposed to help move that day.

Carr, who served in the Marines, said he and his mother lost everything when Hurricane Katrina swept through New Orleans.

"I just wanted to get to my job and show I was dedicated to it", Carr said. "We were happy to be able to say thank you in a way that was meaningful to him..."

Meanwhile, Lamey has since put up a Go Fund Me page for Walter, raising around $6,000 thus far in donations. And again, and again, until finally, on the 16th try, Carr felt he had done a good enough job and submitted his application. Right now, the 20 year old is finishing up a two-year degree at Lawson State. As a former high school cross-country runner, he knew he could do it in less.

Alabama college student Walter Carr, left, is given keys to a vehicle by Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin in Pelham, Ala., Monday. He told Carr that he was coming in to give him a pat on the back and get a cup of coffee together.

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. "Like you can drive away with it", Markling told Carr. "Everything he did that day is exactly who we are - heart and grit", Mr Marklin told ABC News.