Whether it’s the first day on the first job or the last, a strong work ethic is essential. We often hear about how the most successful people spent years working hard before finding success.
They gave it their all to finally become the best they can be at their job. This story is exactly like that.
In the summer of 2018, 20-year-old Walter Carr had just landed a job at Bellhops, an Alabama moving company. The first location assigned to him was almost 20 miles away from Carr’s home in Homewood and he would have to arrive early in the morning.
Normally, the distance wouldn’t have mattered to Carr because he had a car. But, that’s where the problem arose: he broke. For many, this would have been a good excuse to skip the first day of work. Or at least be late.
But Walter Carr was not one of them. The Birmingham University graduate, seeing his plight, set out on foot. Yes, you read it right. The 20-year-old had no intention of being a minute late for his first job.
He only slept 4 hours the night before to have enough time to make the trek. He then put on pants so the tall grass in his path wouldn’t be too much of a hindrance, and he left his house at midnight.
By 4 a.m., Carr had arrived in Pelham. Fortunately for Carr, he didn’t have to make the entire trip on foot. In Pelham, police officers saw the boy and asked him what he was doing at that time of night. According to USA Today, Carr recalled what he told the officers: “He’s going to sound really crazy, but I’m actually going to work.”  When Carr told them his story, they could only be amazed at his dedication to his work.
The cops treated him to something at the nearest Whataburger, before taking him to a local church. They promised to drive Carr to work so that he would be on time. But Carr didn’t wait. When the officers returned, Carr was gone again! He had started walking again. So they looked for him, picked him up and took him to Lamey’s house, where his work was.
“Around 6:30 a.m. the doorbell rang. He was a police officer. He proceeded to tell us that he had picked up “this good boy” in Pelham early this morning. ‘The good guy’ Walter said that he was supposed to help us with our move today… You could tell how the officer told us this story that he had total admiration for Walter and from my reaction he realized that I did too.”
Walter with Janny Lamey. Credit: Facebook/Jenny Hayden Lamey
But that was not all. Carr arrived at her workplace before the scheduled time. So the Lameys talked to Carr while they waited for the royal team to arrive.
When the team saw Carr at the job site, they were thankful that the new recruit had shown up, because apparently most didn’t. The Lameys then told the crew the crazy story. Did you know what Walter said about his trip? “I walked.”
Everyone who heard of Carr found him an inspiration. From the police to customers and anyone who spoke to him on the street, everyone was impressed. Soon, the story reached Bellhops CEO Luke Marklin .
Later, Walter got a surprising but deserved reward for his dedication. Luke showed his gratitude for the employee by gifting him a car: Marlin’s new 2014 Ford Escape. In an interview with Inside Edition, Marklin said that he believed Walter would make much better use of the car in his work than in his hands.
When he received the gift, Walter could barely hold back his tears. Walter and his mother originally lived in New Orleans. But Hurricane Katrina forced them to move to Birmingham, where the Carrs were doing their best to make ends meet. The Lameys were also present at the presentation and spoke about what a great inspiration Walter was.
All he ever wanted was to get to his job and show his dedication. That was all the humble young man had to say about his tremendous first day on his first job. I think it’s safe to say that we can all take a page out of Walter’s story when it comes to work ethic. What do you think?