Man who walked miles to work gets new suburban apartment

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  • bullet56 Olympia, WA
    March 16, 2015 12:29 p.m.

    When the GOP opposes a raise in the national min wage they claim that min wage is not something any adult live under. GOP leaders say that min wage is a teenagers wage, a starting salary, then everyone moves up. If there is one American in this position, we can assume there are many others similar to him. American Business has made record profits in the last 10 years, and sits on over 2 trillion in cash profits today. The top 1% have received massive tax breaks, so why are the workers left out of sharing in the success of the things they make?? It is shameful that some people, such as the Romney family for example, have 4 homes or more, and are tone deaf to the plight of the masses.

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    March 16, 2015 9:30 a.m.

    It's good to see one of our own ie: the "working poor" hit the jackpot! Good for the generosity of others. We also have been blessed by many generous albeit often anonymous souls during times of hardship, and we try and pay it forward as much as we can. A good work ethic gets recognized, and people want to help.

    The next step if for Utah to finally find a solution to help those of us in the "gray area" of health care insurance to make it work. My husband worked himself into the ground until he had a stroke that has left him unable to work, and we survive on my 28hour/week job. We are too "rich" for Medicaid and literally too poor for Obamacare. We take our chances uninsured that we can weather the storm until something good comes our way.

  • Just a Dad and an Engineer Rexburg, ID
    March 16, 2015 9:15 a.m.

    Susan what do you want the Government to do? I personally think it was handled perfectly. We don't need to government to take care of our problems, lets take care of ourselves.

  • GZE SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 16, 2015 9:07 a.m.

    Maybe he doesn't want to buy a house; not everyone does. He's 56 years old, which means he'll be eligible to retire in 10 years. Maybe he wants to live somewhere else then.

  • Philippine Bonita Sammamish, WA
    March 16, 2015 8:35 a.m.

    $360k raised by crowd funding and $36k of that went to buy a car. Why is this guy renting? Why didn't some of that money go to a down payment on a home?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 16, 2015 8:09 a.m.

    It is indeed wonderful to see the outpouring of voluntary generosity for a hard working individual. It is especially good to see this level-headed guy working with financial advisers and saving for retirement instead of just blowing it all.

    The IRS is surely watching all of this, and he may be surprised to find that a very large chunk of his new found wealth is grabbed by the government for taxes.

    I wish him well, and thank those who contributed.

  • Susan in VA Alexandria, VA
    March 16, 2015 6:51 a.m.

    Its nice to know that even though the government doesn't deem him worthy of help.... a lot of people do. He is an inspiration.

  • Mark Terran Salt Lake City, UT
    March 16, 2015 2:23 a.m.

    Despite what many businessmen want Americans to think, there are not one, but two sides to the "work-ethic" coin: diligent work, and fair and just compensation for that work. Perfect work attendance, and presumably faithful, competent service, for more than 12 years -- yet this man still is paid only a lousy, $10.55 per hour.

    I think that is shameful -- and it explains why he wasn't able to repair his Honda Accord when it broke down, or buy another old, used car.

    Good for the good Americans who voluntarily helped their neighbor in time of need, after his own, good efforts. A great example to us all.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    March 15, 2015 11:40 p.m.

    See the good in the world. Thanks for sharing this story. emb