Earlier this week, TheBlaze brought you the inspiring story of Jhaqueil Reagan, an 18-year-old who intended to walk 10 snowy miles just to interview for a minimum wage job.
Along his chilly journey, Reagan stopped to ask a local restaurant owner how much further it would be to his destination. Art Bouvier, owner of Papa Roux Po Boys and Cajun Food in Indianapolis, told him it would be about six to seven more miles.
The teen thanked the man and continued walking, never asking for a ride or money for a bus. Roughly 15 minutes later Bouvier and his wife were in the car. After spotting the teenager still walking with purpose, they pulled over and gave Reagan a ride the rest of the way.
It was during the short ride to Reagan’s interview that Bouvier realized he was going to an interview for a cashier job, a minimum wage position.
“So, he doesn’t know it yet, but he starts with us on Monday. It’s been a while since I met someone so young with a work ethic like that,” Bouvier wrote on his Facebook page.
And guess what? He started his new job at Papa Roux’s on Monday.
In an exclusive interview with TheBlaze on Wednesday, Both Reagan and Bouvier joined Glenn Beck to discuss the incredible story.
Reagan explained that his mother passed away when he was 17-years-old and he learned the value of work ethic from his father. Beck even tried to squeeze some parenting tips out of Reagan, asking what his father did to instil strong values in him.
“I’ve always watched him, you know, work his fingers to the bone and bust his hump everyday,” he said. “I know how it is, and money was always tight in my family.”
The 18-year-old said it never once crossed his mind to ask Bouvier for money for a bus ticket or a ride, agreeing that it wasn’t his responsibility to get him where he needed to go.
Watch the entire exclusive interview via TheBlaze TV below:
Beck openly admitted that he is somewhat “jaded” when it comes to the news. He used Wednesday’s exclusive interview to ask Bouvier, owner of Papa Roux, whether or not he decided to reach out and hire Reagan as a way to gain publicity. “Did that cross your mind at all?” Beck asked.
“I’m actually thrilled that you bring that up,” the restaurant owner replied. “I have seen detractors– to the many that have said, ‘if you really did this with a generous spirit, you wouldn’t be bragging about it.’ Well I’m not bragging about it and I never have.”
Bouvier added that he is a “chronic over-sharer” and was more bragging about Reagan and his work ethic on social media.
And to any young people who don’t feel like walking 10 miles in the snow for a job interview, Reagan has some pointers: “You’re just not trying hard enough.”
“It’s all about perseverance and getting out there,” he added. “It’s not what you know sometimes, it’s who you know. And [sometimes] it’s not who you know, it’s what you know.”