Jhaqueil Reagan

Jhaqueil Reagan

An 18 year old Indianapolis man needed a job, and was willing to walk 10 miles through ice and slush for just an interview.

Rather than signing up for government money, Jhaqueil Reagan put on his shoes and coat and went out to try and earn some money. He was three miles into a ten mile trek to an interview at Dairy Queen in hopes of landing a minimum wage job when he asked restauranteur Art Bouvier for directions. Mr. Bouvier told the young man the destination was still six or seven miles off and Reagan continued on his way.

Fifteen minutes later, Reagan was still walking when Bouvier spotted him and offered to give him a lift.

Reagan’s mother died a couple of years ago and he got his GED and has been taking care of his siblings. Impressed with the young man’s responsibility and willingness to walk so far for even an interview, Bouvier offered him a job at his Cajun themed restaurant.

Bouvier posted to facebook about the encounter

We drove him to 10th and Sherman. He was extremely thankful and said so. I got his telephone number and told him to keep his interview, but I would see if there was a way to hire him, so his daily trek to work would be 3 miles instead of 10. I also asked him if he had eaten today, and he said he hadn’t. I gave him money for lunch and dropped him at the 10th and Sherman Dairy Queen. I think he was in shock.

So, he doesn’t know it yet, but he starts with us on Monday. It’s been a while since I’ve met someone so young with a work ethic like that!

And the next time somebody hands me a sob story about needing money for this or that, because they really want to make their lives better… I hope to be able to introduce them to Jhaquiel. :-)

Hat tip: The Blaze