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The boy who walked ten miles for a job – Mendte

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This is one of the most inspirational stories I have heard in a long time, and there is a lesson for all of us, especially the media.

Art Bouvier runs a cajun restaurant in Indianapolis.  He was out in the parking lot spreading some rock salt early one morning after a bad ice storm when a young boy approached him.  Jaqueil Reagan asked directions to a local thrift store.  Bouvier, who everyone in town call Papa, said it was ten mile up the road. He warned to boy that he should take the bus because of the ice and cold.  The teenager thanked him and walked on


15 minutes later, Papa Bouvier was running an errand and saw the boy still walking on the road.  “I thought I told you to take the bus,” he shouted at the boy.  When Jaqueil explained that he didn’t have the money.  Papa said “hop in.”  On the ride, the teenager explained that he was on his way to an interview for a minimum wage job.  Bouvier asked him if he had anything to eat today.  When the boy said no, Papa drove him to a Dairy Queen and gave him a few dollars to get a hamburger before his interview.

When Jaqueil came out disappointed, Bouvier told him that he could work at the restaurant for 25% more than minimum wage.  He told the teenager that he would be proud to have anyone on his team with that drive and work ethic.

Bouvier went home and wrote about the story on his Facebook page.  A local reporter picked up the story and it quickly went national.  After reading the story, a man came into the restaurant and gave the new employee a cell phone, a bus pass and helped him get an apartment.  A lot of people came into the restaurant, Papa’s business tripled.

There are a lot of lessons to learn from this story.  Happy endings don’t just happen, you earn them.  It was Jaqueil Reagan’s drive and determination that got him a job.  And Papa Bouvier was rewarded for his big heart.

There is a lesson for the media too.  Stories like this happen everyday in America and we have to do a better job of finding them.  Inspiring stories of simple acts of kindness are contagious.

Most people get into the news business to make a difference.  This is our chance.  By reporting inspirational stories, we can inspire people to be better and make the world a better place.


  • Esco

    Good to see there's still helpful, caring people in the world. Work hard Jaqueil and make good thing happen. = )

  • Michelle

    BRAVO Larry! Not only was this a News worthy story that got my attention, (not like all the so called 'reality' garbage), you truely impressed me with your comment about the Media. Your profession makes the choice every day whether or not to produce/show what is GREAT about people, or what has been created in people by all of this macabre, angry, unrealistic broadcasting, and advertising, that we are constantly bombarded with. ENOUGH ALREADY! In the words of another Broadcaster who is not afraid – "Comment as you see fit!

    MikeMike in Middletown

  • mendte

    Thank you Ann, Esco, Michelle and Lizzy. Michelle, the media has become lazy. We need to do a better job of finding these stories and reporting them. I promise I will.

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