Walter Carr (264893)

This is one of those stories that reminds you that despite all the “bad” stuff going on in this country these days, there are still a lot of people who will do the right thing and even go above and beyond to help someone. Walter Carr, a young Black man, found himself in a tight spot when the day before he was to start a new job, his car broke down. He tried to find a ride from family and friends but to no avail. So he decided to walk the 20 miles to make his first day at work. He left home at midnight and somewhere around 4 a.m., the police stopped him and asked him what he was doing. He explained to them that he was trying to make his first day on a new job. He’d already walked 14 miles. The officers not only gave him a bit of a lift, they took him to breakfast. Carr, 20, told USA Today that he wanted to be at Bellhop Movers by 8 a.m. After breakfast, the police took him to a church where he could rest a bit. He set off again, and another officer saw him and gave him a ride to his final destination. Carr was a bit early and the manager there asked him if he wanted to lie down, but he said no and offered to begin working. The manager, Jenny Lamey, posted Carr’s story on Facebook and it went viral. One of the people who saw it was Luke Marklin, the CEO of Bellhop. “Just sitting there reading it, I was blown away,” Marklin told USA Today. “The more we learned, the more we realized Walter was just a special person.” Marklin was so moved by the young man’s determination that he drove his new Ford Escape from Tennessee to Alabama and gave the car to Carr.