Indiana Teen Hikes 10 Miles Through Ice Storm For Minimum-Wage Job

Teen Hired After Walking 10 Miles in Snow For Minimum Wage Job

The younger generation is often criticized for lacking the classic American work ethic. But Indiana teenager Jhaqueil Reagan has proven that the national rite of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps is not dead. Neither are happy endings. The 18-year-old hiked through an ice storm for 10 miles to interview for a minimum wage position with a thrift store located near the site of a Dairy Queen, and a local restaurateur was so impressed that he hired Reagan for double the state minimum wage, which would make his salary $14.50 an hour.

Reagan's dedication came to light Friday while he was trudging through a winter storm outside Indianapolis for the the thrift store job. On the way, he asked a man for directions. The man turned out to be Art Bouvier, the owner of a local restaurant, Papa Roux Cajun Cooking. When Bouvier learned of Reagan's 10-mile journey, he asked the 18-year old, "How come you're not on the bus?" Reagan answered: "I can't afford the bus until I get a job," Bouvier told Indianapolis TV station Fox59

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"That's the kind of story your parents used to tell, my parents used to tell, up both ways in the snow," he told Fox59. So Bouvier decided to follow up with Reagan. In a post on Facebook, Bouvier recounted how Reagan never asked for any money for the bus. He then decided to get in his car and follow Reagan, before finally catching up with him 15 minutes later. (Since being posted on Friday, Bouvier's post has gotten more than 15,000 "likes." Commenters have been effusive with their praise, with one, Charlie Bentz, saying: "this is what we need more of in this country.")

After picking up Reagan, Bouvier dropped the teen off at his interview. But before he let him go, Bouvier told him that whatever the thrift store offers, he'd double it for him to start working with Papa Roux, according to conservative news site TheBlaze. After his interview, Reagan soon found out that the thrift store decided to fill the position with another candidate. But Bouvier told Reagan that he'd have a job waiting for him at Papa Roux on Monday.

In speaking to the TV station, Reagan talked about how he needed the break. After his mother died two years ago, he was forced to stay at home to take care of his siblings. He was only able to earn a high school diploma through GED. Speaking Friday after hearing about his new job, Reagan said his "heart's racing ... I'm just too excited, just excited to start."

Correction: This story was updated on May 13 with information on Jhaqueil Reagan's employment search. He was applying for a job located near a Dairy Queen, not at the Dairy Queen itself, as local reports said at the time.

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He did what he had to do to take care of his family,to take care of himself,being faced with such a troubling reality of not knowing where your next meal is going to come from or if you're going to pay the light bill oppose to the water bill this month or trying to keep a roof over your head overall and taking care of your siblings and having to leave school to make sure your house is going to stay in order would make some people cave in and others stronger.Thanks to his father's example of persistence,he had the foundation and the innate determination to make such an inspiring leap or rather walk of ten miles in harsh weather to an interview.Many people would do the same,and many ARE doing the same, ESPECIALLY today with soo many people,both young and old vying for the same scarce jobs,there are more older people going back to work on fix incomes pinching pennies aswell,working in stores as baggers and store clerks making $7.50 an hour,it's rough for a lot of people,so seeing this young man take charge of something that seems like a myth these days,an INTERVIEW...i'd bet many people would do the same,you gotta keep moving,because no one is obligated to move for you.

March 05 2013 at 1:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I used to say "kids" today have no work ethic. In 2007 at the pizza show they have a session where store owners can discuss everything. Biggest problem; can't get the kids to work hard, wear the T-shirts and hats or they'd quit and get a job the next day down the street (unemployment 5%). In 2009 (unemployment rate 9.5%) same discussion. Now there are 10 applicants for every opening, the same kids are working hard and wearing the silly hats and shirts. My saying now: Work ethic isn't generational, work ethic is the difference between 5% and 9.5% unemployment.

February 28 2013 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eli Odell Jackson

but you know its what they say these days.... 30 years ago y'could sign up for 10 jobs and get em all, these days y'can sign up for 100 and get none, still hard work is work and you that're suprised by this oughta know this aint all that rare, happens everyday, do what you gotta do and do it right

February 28 2013 at 7:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Eli Odell Jackson

thats right bud do what you gotta do, but dang, 15mile walk through the snow and ice... how was you gonna be on time?
matterfact i find this funny, i done the exact same thing but in reverse, i took the bus, train and lots of walkin to get to this job interview by 10 30 and didnt have no money to get home, so i ended up walkin the 9 miles back, got the sunburn to prove it, kept me indoors for 2 days

February 28 2013 at 7:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


February 28 2013 at 6:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sadly, he is going extinct in this country. There are 51 out of a 100 people depending on him working hard and paying taxes.

February 28 2013 at 5:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Way to go Jhaqueil !!! Hang in there brother, trust in God and hang on. I'd vote for you as president anyday.

February 28 2013 at 2:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Gee I wonder if you will see this on CNN or MSNBC? Oh wait he's light skinned. Well maybe Obama will recognize this kid? Oh wait he works hard and has light skin.

February 28 2013 at 12:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!! This kid has the stuff!

February 27 2013 at 7:00 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
wud up

:) His father did good with him.
Its funny that my mom always talks about how she "had to walk ten miles in the snow just to get somewhere when she was my age!" and this kid actually did it! Cheers to him..

February 27 2013 at 6:46 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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