No Sob Stories. Just Get A Job!

This is the case of a kid who made the bad decision to quit school after his mom died. Two years later, he was looking for a job and didn’t have a ride, so he walked. He walked 10 miles in the snow, ice, & slush to a Dairy Queen interview. He didn’t get the DQ job. Somebody was looking out for him though. On his way, he stopped and asked a stranger for directions to his DQ interview. The stranger, who happens to own a Cajun Restaurant, told him he had seven more miles to go.

Well, later that morning, and miles down the road, the stranger saw the young man still walking and offered him a ride. So impressed was the stranger, by the young man’s drive & determination to find employment, that he gave the man a job at his restaurant. Remember this, the next time you hear some sob story about how this or that person can’t make it to a job interview because they don’t have transportation. This is why your parent’s say they used to walk 10 miles, in the snow, up hill, to get to work. Some people are still willing to do what they have to in their quest to provide for themselves. This kid is an inspiration. He’s a throwback to the old American spirit.

“I said, well how come you’re not on the bus?” Mr Bouvier said. “He said, ‘I can’t afford the bus until I get a job.’
“I’m thinking to myself, here’s a kid walking almost 10 miles in the ice and slush and snow for the hope of a job at minimum wage. That’s the kind of story your parents used to tell, my parents used to tell.”[…]

That evening Mr Bouvier called Mr Reagan, who did not get the job he initially applied for, and offered him a job at his Papa Roux Cajun Cooking restaurant.[…]
Mr Bouvier added: “The next time somebody hands me a sob story about needing money for this or that, because they really want to make their lives better… I hope to be able to introduce them to Jhaquiel.”

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7 Responses to No Sob Stories. Just Get A Job!

  1. TaterSalad says:

    I’d hire this kid in a second and at a good wage so he could put himself through school and go from there. This kid flies in the face of what Barack Obama wants American kids to be………independent from big government.

  2. ironheads82 says:

    As someone who hires young men, I cannot tell you how rare this is. This young MAN will never have his hand out, nor lack for work. The world is full of BOYS, it’s men we need.

  3. notamobster says:

    I used to have boys show up looking for work in the oilfield. Half of them showed up with their mothers. I had no problem telling them that I’m not hiring anyone who brings their mommy in to ask for a job.

    I had a guy one time, who had 7-8 jobs over the prior year. He had an excuse why each firing was the business’ fault. He showed up with dirty, uncombed hair, in shorts, a wife beater, and flip flops. I told him that I didn’t want anything to do with him, but I was happy to offer advice:

    Show up to an interview dressed like you want the job. Brush your hair, brush your effing teeth, wear shoes, and for God’s sake, pull your freaking pants up. Act like a responsible adult and you’ll have much better luck.

  4. notamobster says:

    On the flipside, I had the most impressive man I have ever interviewed (100’s) come in an knock it out of the park. He was a Navy SEAL, fresh out of service, had a great personality, confidence, presence. I was blown away. I hired him on the spot. I introduced him to everyone and everyone loved the guy!

    I got a call from hr a couple days later when his rap sheet came back from his comprehensive BG check (NASA/USN contractor). He had pages of felony counts pending from drugs, drunk, battery, multiple battery of police officers. I was blown away. I have several friends with PTSD, so I recognized the pattern of behavior, but there was nothing I could do for the guy. He was tainted goods as far as our work went. Sad.

  5. fubar says:

    We have an ad for a mechanic, diesel exp preferred but will train the right person.

    I had a call a few days ago from a girl asking me if we would hire a girl.
    Me; “Well sure. what kind of experience/schooling do you have.”
    girl: ” None.”

    Me: “So you haven’t gone to tech school, trade school or worked as a mechanic ?”

    girl, “No. Your ad says you will train the right person.”

    I guess I could give her a participation trophy for making the effort to call. :-/

  6. RevoGirl says:

    I had someone call me about a job a few months back. She stated I had interviewed her over a year ago and had offered her a job. She asked if the job was still open. I asked her why she hadn’t taken it when offered, and she told me she couldn’t at the time because of a change in her circumstance, when asked what it was she stated “well I was just approved for my unemployment benefits, but they’ve run out now…” Needless to say, I didn’t hire her.