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Old 02-03-2015, 02:40 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.
Direct from the article.

"I set our attendance standard by this man," said Todd Wilson, plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering. "I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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These are the kinds of people I like to help, and would like to see others help. He appears to be a responsible worker who's doing what he has to to get to work.
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:04 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Why do I find myself skeptical of this ? Come on, according to the timeline on this report he gets two hours of sleep a night.... possible for a short timespan but for 10 years ?! I just don't know.
If it is true...WHY ? Also, if he has friends or family why would they let him do this ? I know I would help a friend or family member out. Find them a car or something.
No, there was an error in the write-up of it, I did the math. He works an 8-hr. day. Takes the bus to work, except for roughly an 2-hr. walk. Says he walks home--that would be about 5 hrs. That gives him plenty of time for 8 hrs' sleep. Brutal day, every day, but still--there's time for adequate sleep.
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:13 PM
 
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No, there was an error in the write-up of it, I did the math. He works an 8-hr. day. Takes the bus to work, except for roughly an 2-hr. walk. Says he walks home--that would be about 5 hrs. That gives him plenty of time for 8 hrs' sleep. Brutal day, every day, but still--there's time for adequate sleep.
Scroll down to the timeline. Looks like he walks about 12 miles total, still roughly 4 hours at an average of 3mph. Plus all the time waiting for the buses and the actual bus travel.

Heart and sole: Detroiter walks 21 miles in work commute
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:52 PM
 
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The guy has worked there so long his employer uses him as the attendance standard yet his wages can't cover owning a car? Please. How did the story get into the media? This is fabricated news for distraction. Well, he just became part of the 1%, make sure he pays his taxes.
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:45 PM
 
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Interesting. Certain people, I won't name any names, consistently scoff & ridicule poorer people claiming they need to get their lazy ass off of the couch, quit taking, quit complaining & start working hard. This person is doing that & you STILL ridicule it? There is no hope for people like you, truly.
I saw skepticism in that post, but no ridicule. Are you reading the same thing that I am?
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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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
Ummm, jobs are not that easy to come by up in Detroit. Plus with 12 years on the job he may be working towards some type of retirement benefit or something.
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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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.
As mentioned in the article, Detroit has the highest car insurance rates in the country.
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Old 02-03-2015, 05:20 PM
 
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Why do I find myself skeptical of this ? Come on, according to the timeline on this report he gets two hours of sleep a night.... possible for a short timespan but for 10 years ?! I just don't know.
If it is true...WHY ? Also, if he has friends or family why would they let him do this ? I know I would help a friend or family member out. Find them a car or something.
I was wondering about that myself. Not that I don't believe he walks 21 miles, but does he walk it to get to the bus stop? Or does the bus drop him off 21 miles short of his job?
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:22 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.

If you work more than 1 year then you can afford a car. No excuses. Those who claim they cannot afford one either earn less than 10 dollars a hour( at which point they should be looking to make more money anyway.),or they choose to spend their money on other things and simply never try to own a car. Otherwise it's silly to work a job for years like that Detroit man and never own a car.
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