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Old 02-03-2015, 01:13 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


He is reported to sleep 2 hours a day, I guess that's cool if you relax on your 21 mile walk
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:52 PM
 
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More than 5 years of walking to work and he COULDN'T save up a few hundreds to buy himself another car or get his previous car fixed. Tsk Tsk.
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:59 PM
 
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I'm reading the comments section on this story and it's striking how many wet blankets are out there. Really miserable people who hate the fact that so many people wanted to help by sending this guy money, and even worse are the whiners who are literally asking for a hand-out or posting their own GoFundMe links to the story to because they too are 'suffering' in some way.

They don't get it. People responded to Mr. Robertson's situation because he is humble, a hard-worker, and he never asked for anything – the exact opposite of these other people with a sense of entitlement – "I had cancer, where's MY money?" "He's not the only one who walks to work everyday, I need a car too!" Seriously?

It's all in the attitude. Mr. Robertson has the right attitude. The whiners don't.
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:06 PM
 
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More than 5 years of walking to work and he COULDN'T save up a few hundreds to buy himself another car or get his previous car fixed. Tsk Tsk.
It isn't just the repairs. It is the additional costs of insurance, gas, further maintenance, etc. This all adds up and when you are making 10 bucks an hour, every dollar counts.
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:07 PM
 
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I'm reading the comments section on this story and it's striking how many wet blankets are out there. Really miserable people who hate the fact that so many people wanted to help by sending this guy money, and even worse are the whiners who are literally asking for a hand-out or posting their own GoFundMe links to the story to because they too are 'suffering' in some way.

They don't get it. People responded to Mr. Robertson's situation because he is humble, a hard-worker, and he never asked for anything – the exact opposite of these other people with a sense of entitlement – "I had cancer, where's MY money?" "He's not the only one who walks to work everyday, I need a car too!" Seriously?

It's all in the attitude. Mr. Robertson has the right attitude. The whiners don't.
I do have to agree with you on this. Personally I don't care how much money he ends up with, a co-worker here just mentioned that it is over $200k now. Good for him. I just still am a little skeptical on the facts of the story as a whole.
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:18 PM
 
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It did say in the article that insurance, because he lives in Detroit with high crime? would cost about $2,200 every 6 months. Some guy making low wages can't afford $4k per year taken out to own a car, let alone gas and maintenance.

I have to go hmmm... at the 2 hours of sleep per night, but there are tons of people in this country who cant afford a car even if they do work. I hope with the money they do give him financial advice and set up funds for certain things like the banker in the article said.
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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don't focus on that, logic sucks and just brings things down. Focus on his solid work ethic , it really is inspirational !
What makes you think he works? If he really does work why can't he afford a car? If he really does work and and can't drive why doesn't he arrange something with a fellow worker?

His employer is never mentioned. I wonder why.
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:27 PM
 
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It did say in the article that insurance, because he lives in Detroit with high crime? would cost about $2,200 every 6 months. Some guy making low wages can't afford $4k per year taken out to own a car, let alone gas and maintenance.

I have to go hmmm... at the 2 hours of sleep per night, but there are tons of people in this country who cant afford a car even if they do work. I hope with the money they do give him financial advice and set up funds for certain things like the banker in the article said.
PLPD (the absolute basic to drive)on a $500 car would not cost $2,200 every 6 months. Not buying that. Now if he has DUI's or something possibly, but not just because of his local. It would be higher but not that.
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:31 PM
 
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What makes you think he works? If he really does work why can't he afford a car? If he really does work and and can't drive why doesn't he arrange something with a fellow worker?

His employer is never mentioned. I wonder why.
My post was being sarcastic.

Just to answer your questions though :

He has been employed by the same place for 12 years, the name of the company and his supervisor is stated in the article.

None of his fellow employees work anywhere near him, also stated in the article.
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Maybe he likes the exercise.
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