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This Alabama College Student Walked 20 Miles to His Job — So His Boss Gifted Him A New Car

The college student made the trek after not being able to find a ride.

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After Walter Carr walked nearly 20 miles to get to his new job with Bellhops movers, the CEO found out and gave him a car.

Carr is a college student and couldn't find a single person available to give him a ride.

“I sat there and I thought, ‘How can I get to my job? What streets would I walk through? How long would take me to get there?’" Carr explained to the Washington Post.

Carr said he began planning the specifics of the route. "I was just thinking about my route, how I was going to get there in the time frame I needed to.”

He began the journey around midnight the day his job started. An officer happened across him at about 4 a.m. and asked if he was okay. Carr explained the situation and the officer offered to drive him part of the way. After getting Carr food and dropping him at a church, the officer told him another cop would check on him later.

Sure enough, another officer showed up as he was walking and took him the rest of the way. Carr arrived at the job with the officer at around 6:30 a.m.

“The officer told me, ‘I’ve got this nice kid in my car. He’s a great kid, he’s been walking all night to get to your house,’” homeowner Jenny Lamey said. "That’s when the tears started coming. I just started crying.” 

Bellhops chief executive Luke Marklin found out about the trek and called Carr to request a meeting to thank him in person.

When Carr arrived, Marklin gave him the 2014 Ford Escape he was driving.

“We set a really high bar for heart and grit and … you just blew it away,” Marklin said.

Carr was surprised by the attention given to his efforts.

"The lesson of my story is it’s great to reach people, I always wanted to inspire people,” Carr said. “Don’t let nobody tell you you can’t do something. It’s up to us whether we can.”

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.