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Old 02-03-2015, 10:55 AM
 
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I love this story. We donated to his GoFundMe page. Mr. Robertson is exactly the type of American that makes this county great. We need more James Robertsons in this world and less Michael Browns. I'm so glad to see that thousands of others feel the same way. The donations have now reached $200k You know what? Mr. Robertson, with his perfect work attendance, has earned every dollar. What an inspiration!
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:08 AM
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You just couldn't help yourself.
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:14 AM
 
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How dare you , bring negativity to this feel good story ?!?
Feel good story? Yes, to the tune of a couple hundred grand. Sure makes it easy to forget the failed city, how and why it failed that put people in the hardship in the first place. But hey, one guy is walking mikes and miles so lets feel good about that. Meanwhile, there are probably people within walking distance who have no food to eat, no decent place to live and rags to wear as clothing. Feel good... right.
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:18 AM
 
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Something does seem off about this. At best this is 5 hours of walking a day if not 7 or so. He is doing this for a 10/hr job? Something is off with the math. His commute is 14 hours a day and a 8 hour shift at work. Min wage is 8.15 if he found two min wage jobs where he worked 25 hours each he would have the same income and only work 50 hours vs his current 110 work/commute
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:30 AM
 
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Feel good story? Yes, to the tune of a couple hundred grand. Sure makes it easy to forget the failed city, how and why it failed that put people in the hardship in the first place. But hey, one guy is walking mikes and miles so lets feel good about that. Meanwhile, there are probably people within walking distance who have no food to eat, no decent place to live and rags to wear as clothing. Feel good... right.
You must have missed my first post, I was the one that said I'm not buying this story and got slammed. My reply to your post was being sarcastic.

I think there is just more to this story than we know. In one report it states he did this for 5-6 years another states 10. Also he lived with his girlfriend in a house that she inherited. Also , can one actually survive on only 2 (which is what one news source stated) hours of sleep for 10 years ? doesn't seem possible.
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:31 AM
 
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Something does seem off about this. At best this is 5 hours of walking a day if not 7 or so. He is doing this for a 10/hr job? Something is off with the math. His commute is 14 hours a day and a 8 hour shift at work. Min wage is 8.15 if he found two min wage jobs where he worked 25 hours each he would have the same income and only work 50 hours vs his current 110 work/commute
don't focus on that, logic sucks and just brings things down. Focus on his solid work ethic , it really is inspirational !
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:38 AM
 
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I'm absolutely shocked. I know it's Detroit and all.

Were this Seattle, here's what would have happened:
  • a Socialist would have lobbied for more public transportation routes.
  • a Mayor would have removed car lanes in the last stretch of this man's commute in order to add more bike lanes.
  • Three businesses would have bought plots along the last stretch: A drug/smoke shop selling bus passes, a bike shop, and a bikini barista stand.
  • a radio station would have interviewed him WHILE walking to get his amazing story about why he "doesn't need a car".
  • The Seahawks would have donated signed merchandise to him.
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:46 AM
 
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Something does seem off about this. At best this is 5 hours of walking a day if not 7 or so. He is doing this for a 10/hr job? Something is off with the math. His commute is 14 hours a day and a 8 hour shift at work.
Yep. I used to walk almost 1 and a half miles to a bus stop, and it would take me around half an hour to get there. I was in my early 20s at the time, so I had plenty of energy/stamina. Yet, this man claims to walk 13 miles? Oh please! And how pathetic that people felt the need to donate money to him. It reminds me of that case of a woman who worked as a bus monitor, and some kids on the bus made her cry. So the public donated over $600,000 to her. Ridiculous.
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Old 02-03-2015, 11:58 AM
 
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You must have missed my first post, I was the one that said I'm not buying this story and got slammed. My reply to your post was being sarcastic.

I think there is just more to this story than we know. In one report it states he did this for 5-6 years another states 10. Also he lived with his girlfriend in a house that she inherited. Also , can one actually survive on only 2 (which is what one news source stated) hours of sleep for 10 years ? doesn't seem possible.
Apologies then. This reeks of a manufactured story. Peace
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:00 PM
 
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I read the article on CNN and it says that he does take the bus part of the commute. It also has an interview with the plant manager where he works. As for the distance he walks, it is possible he enjoys the walk and that it is therapeutic.

Donations pour in for Detroit man who walks 21 miles for his daily commute - CNN.com
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