Man Offers Ride To Teen On Icy Road, But Never Expected The Words That Came Out Of His Mouth
After a winter storm blew through the Evansville, Indiana, area, Art Bouvier headed outside of the Cajun restaurant he and his wife own to throw down a substantial amount of Ice Melt to battle the mess Mother Nature had created.
The business owner of Papa Roux wanted to make sure his property was safe for others, considering how slick and yucky it was outside.
While he was combating the snow and ice, he spied a young kid trudging through the parking lot headed west. The teen paused long enough to inquire of Art how far it was to 10th and Sherman.
Art explained in a Facebook post shared by Love What Matters:
“I told him it was quite a way away. At least 6 or 7 miles. I suggested that he would be far better off on the bus then on foot, especially in all this ice and slush. He thanked me and continued on.”
This actually left the business owner surprised. He wrote:
“He could have asked me for money for a bus. In fact I quite expected him to. He didn’t. He just started walking.”
When Art hit the road 15 minutes later, he headed the same direction as the young boy and saw him. He was still walking.
Art told his wife Colleen to pull over so he could stop the kid and offer him a ride. Once he got in, he asked the kid a few basic questions and learned that the boy’s name was Jhaquiel Reagan.
What else the teen had to say – the couple couldn’t believe:
“Jhaquiel was waking from 42nd and Post to an interview at 10th and Sherman. For a potential (but not guaranteed) minimum-wage job. In this weather. Walking, because he couldn’t afford the bus. He had actually planned his time well and the interview was still 2 hours away.”
Art and Colleen drove him to the interview where Jhaquiel profusely thanked the couple for the ride. Art obtained the boy’s phone number and advised him to proceed with the job interview for a minimum wage job at the local ice cream shop. But Art had other plans for him…
He stunned the boy telling him he was going to see about hiring him so he’d only have to walk three miles instead of 10.
But what Art knew and Jhaquiel didn’t was that the boy was already hired and he would start the following Monday – Art just hadn’t told him yet.
“It’s been a while since I’ve met someone so young with a work ethic like that!”
As Jhaquiel began to get out of the car, Art gave him some money to eat lunch, since he confessed that he hadn’t eaten at all that day. Jhaquiel appeared to be in shock, Art said.
The business owner later learned that the boy’s mom had passed away a few years before and Jhaquiel was struggling to support himself.
Because of Art and Jhaquiel’s chance encounter, the teen secured himself employment and paved the way for a much brighter future.
Thank goodness there are still kind and compassionate people in our world! Since Love What Matters posted Art’s story, it’s been shared more than 3,400 times.