Teen prepared to walk 10 miles for job interview gets unexpected help from community

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  • one old man Ogden, UT
    March 1, 2013 8:24 p.m.

    Some people posting here should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    March 1, 2013 5:50 p.m.

    What is refreshing to hear, is that there are indeed some people who are still willing to take the lemons and make lemonade. Well done and keep pushing on. there is a great future for you!

  • utah cornhusker NORFOLK, NE
    March 1, 2013 5:01 p.m.

    How neat of this young man and the gentleman that offered him the job. The world is full of wonderful people. Hope this wonderful man does well in his future. God bless him.

  • JosephHuntington MIDVALE, UT
    March 1, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    That this story made such a splash is a clarion call of how lame America has become. Past common dignity and assertiveness is now a near miracle. At this decline speed, in 5 years, a young person who even WANTS a job will make the front page. Spooky. Fame is now the National religion. Freebies are the reward. Who actually paid for the young man's bus pass? Sounds like pure Socialism to me. If the young man has integrity, he will repay the people and his employer, but then he still doesn't deserve a news article. Geez. Think, people!

  • SLMG Murtoa Australia, Victoria
    March 1, 2013 1:53 p.m.

    Why oh why does a great story have to be turned into a political debate when it had nothing to do with the president of the United States or politics in anyway?

    This is a young man to be proud of on his own merit to provide for himself.

  • MeganMary Murray, UT
    March 1, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    Not only am I impressed by the fact that he was willing to walk for a potential job, but by the fact that he finished his GED from home after his mother passed away and didn't just drop out. Keep up the hard work!

  • suess Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2013 11:17 a.m.

    This is a great story. I'm glad he's one who took responsibility thrust on him by horrible circumstances and didn't just go the route of "poor me, give me, give me, give me". This will help him to continue building his character. My son wanted a job when he was 14 and I told him he was too young to work and go to school and keep everything up. While I was at work, on President's Day, in the snow and slush, he rode his bike to different places to apply, called me and said he had a job! He was so excited. He's worked from the day he was 14 years old. He is now a doctor, and a great one -- which shows he kept his grades up in order to be accepted. All the responsibility of acting on your own to better yourself, will pay off great dividends in the end. Great work to this kid, and I hope the future holds many great opportunities for him -- and kudo's for his employer who gave him a break!!!

  • plasticmint Draper, UT
    March 1, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    This is a very newsworthy article! Keep them coming!

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    March 1, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    Great story. Indeed the answer to our social ills, sharing responsibility and being accountable. Americans are good people and that's what we need to tap into, the humanity of America, not it's citizens pocketbooks.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    March 1, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    I rarely find myself in agreement with Chris B and Liberal Ted. But this is the first time it has happened in the same day.

    Good on ya, and best wishes for this young man.

    The hardest part to believe is that with that name, it's a white kid.....

  • tigger AMERICAN FORK, UT
    March 1, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    Great Story. The old man is right. Why is everyone so negative? This is great. And...perhaps not that uncommon. Last year my son walked 6 miles to and from work. And it was the midnight to 7 am shift. He did it for 11 and half months. In the winter, when it was dangerously cold, I drove 40 minutes each way to give him a lift and worked my day job. Now he walks 3 miles each way. These times are tough for people and we're all just doing the best we can.

  • pragmatistferlife salt lake city, utah
    March 1, 2013 7:45 a.m.

    One more thanks to old man.

  • Flames6 North Salt Lake, UT
    March 1, 2013 7:02 a.m.

    Sorry oldman. I don't think well deserved sarcasm from a few posters can ruin this story. I have been impressed at the number of stories lately about people doing things to find themselves work. God bless this young man and kudos to the presswho seem to dwell on much more negative news most of the time. The positive has been refreshing and we need it more often.

  • IMAN Marlborough, MA
    March 1, 2013 6:35 a.m.

    Re:one old man - You are spot on! Thanks for calling these folks out!

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    March 1, 2013 5:52 a.m.

    This is a great story, and does not deserve the rancor some deem appropriate at every turn in this administration.
    I do have some questions. This young man lost is mother and quit school to take care of his siblings. Where was the family and his Church? My father lost his parents when he was 12, the eldest of six. An uncle helped, along with a church no one was associated with to have the siblings placed in foster care. This was 1931, during the depression. My dad left school and was moved from relative to foster home until 1936 when he started a job as an apprentice machinest. They all went on to very successful careers thanks to the Community and the churches at that time. Just where are these institutions and support groups now?

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Feb. 28, 2013 7:45 p.m.

    I love this story too. I'm glad it has made into places where others can read and admire a great example. The young man and the good Samaritan are both to be commended.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    God bless such as this young man, who are the real hope of our Nation's future...now don't spoil him too much, allow him to earn what he receives. Three cheers for his Courage and Fortitude...

  • dawgdeelux saratoga springs, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    There you have it, capitalism and the American way at work. Get your eye on a good hand and you hire him. Not only is this a good news story it give a little hope.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 4:34 p.m.

    It's a real shame that a good story like this was ruined by a few hatefully ignorant comments. Can't people understand that it exactly talk like theirs that is slowly and surely destroying this country?

  • Wyomex Burlington, WY
    Feb. 28, 2013 3:19 p.m.

    A ten mile walk through the snow looking for a job makes news today. Sixty years ago, such a walk, and such an outstanding, independent ethic would not have. A refreshing story. Thank you.

    A business acquaintance had an employee that always needed an "advance" just before payday. One day, he asked his boss for a dollar for "bus fare." The boss gave him the dollar. The employee immediately went to the vending machine and bought a soda.

    "I thought you needed bus fare," said the boss.

    "I did," replied the man as his pulled out the dollar his boss had given him, never thinking that he could have used "pop money" for bus fare. No news here.

    The old law of the harvest: If you don't work, you don't eat.

    The new law: If you don't work, somebody else will, and you can still eat.

    Kudos to this young man and his new boss are certainly due, but hat's off to his deceased mother (father?) who deserve great thanks and respect for raising such a responsible person.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 3:07 p.m.

    I'm surprised that person that was elected as president hasn't jumped all over this. And spin the entire story and preach to us that this kid didn't start that journey on his own. But, a kind loving government installed the sidewalks that he used. The kind loving government funded the money needed to create the internet. The kind loving government gave facebook tax breaks to stay in business. And the kind loving government funds public transportation. And the kind loving government provided this kid with the needed public education to get him and his siblings to this point.

    I'm afraid bo wouldn't believe that this kid took any initiative and got off of his butt to go to a job interview. After all bo promised years ago that anyone that wanted a job would have it years ago. So how could people still be wanting jobs?

    Good job to this kid for getting up and walking, unlike the 30-40 people that I see with their signs that say "God Bless" "Anything Helps" unless you offer to help them find a job, then they tell you they want cash.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 2:20 p.m.

    Awesome story!! More of this "shared" responsibilty is what this country needs. Both men have my utmost respect!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 2:07 p.m.

    You mean he didnt demand that barack make rich people pay his bills?

    You mean he got off his tail and started walking 10 miles through snow to try and find a job instead of demanding that others pay his bills?

    Attention anyone who needs a job:

    Go outside, walk 10 miles through the snow and give a resume to every business you see in that 10 mile walk.