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Old 02-03-2015, 09:00 PM
 
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As you typed that someone is probably already plotting to part him from this money.
I hope not. I hope this man will be able to enjoy it and see that others were inspired by his efforts enough to give him a helping hand instead of a handout. There are plenty of people out there who should take a page from this guy's playbook.
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:36 PM
 
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I actually read this story and was a bit mystified by it. I can understand how at just $10.55 an hour he couldn't buy himself a car, but I'm pretty well-acquainted by the "poor economy." There's a system of bartering and sharing and traded favors that helps people on the bottom rungs of the working class survive.

I'm kind of shocked that no one just gave him a car (a $200 beater or something - I've known quite a few people who have gotten cars this way) or offered to give him rides in all that time. But I did read that he was quite introverted, so that could be it. Nonetheless, his determination is definitely something to be admired.
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:47 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I can't help wondering how many shoes he wore through each year.
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:59 PM
 
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Can't believe it but the total has risen since my first post. It's past $269,000.00

There sure are some generous people in the U.S. Kind of restores my faith in humanity.
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:26 AM
 
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Selective sympathy. There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of people who are in worse circumstances than he is and nobody knows or cares. Without reading the articles I wonder about what kind of employer this guy has. Can't help him relocate? Can't help him with a "new" car or to get it repaired? Can't give him a raise?
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:40 AM
 
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Selective sympathy. There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of people who are in worse circumstances than he is and nobody knows or cares. Without reading the articles I wonder about what kind of employer this guy has. Can't help him relocate? Can't help him with a "new" car or to get it repaired? Can't give him a raise?
You're surprised? Like employers really give a crap about their employees? Most pay the bare minimum just to keep them chugging along. I'm not surprised in the least that the employer would do nothing.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:27 AM
 
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Yeah, contrary to socialist myth, many employers do care about their employees, but businesses/companies are not limitless founts of wealth that the evil owners greedily withhold from their employees. If you've ever run a business you should know that success is never a sure thing. If it was, Detroit wouldn't be what it is today. Whatever the case, I'm choosing not to follow this story, so I don't know what the situation is with the employer.

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You're surprised? Like employers really give a crap about their employees? Most pay the bare minimum just to keep them chugging along. I'm not surprised in the least that the employer would do nothing.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:30 AM
 
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That dude is either bionicman or the math doesn't add up.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:35 AM
 
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I wonder why he has not purchased a vehicle or moved closer to his job in all the years he has been walking and taking the bus. I also wonder if there is a specific reason he is unable to get a vehicle, perhaps his license has been revoked for some reason.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:44 AM
 
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Selective sympathy. There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of people who are in worse circumstances than he is and nobody knows or cares. Without reading the articles I wonder about what kind of employer this guy has. Can't help him relocate? Can't help him with a "new" car or to get it repaired? Can't give him a raise?

Exactly. If true this guy has choosen to do this. And yes it is commendable that he would rather work than collect Welfare, but inspirational ? No. Heart warming ? No. Feel good story ? No.
The media has twisted this story up and the sheeple have just run with it ignoring the facts. Facts like he really only walks about 12 miles total (still brutal though) and him and his girlfriend live in a house she inherited. Know one seems to want to why he hasn't made a change in his life in the past 10 years. Just donate some cash and make themselves feel better.
I'm not taking anything away from the guy himself, he seems humble and didn't ask for all this attention. And I still think things just don't add up.
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