Art Bouvier, the owner of a Cajun food restaurant in Indianapolis saw a young man trudging through the snow and ice last week. The teen boy stopped to ask Bouvier, the owner of Papa Roux Po Boys and Cajun Food, how far it was to the location of his job interview.
Little did he know, his great attitude was going to lead to a job offer at the Cajun restaurant.
Bouvier said he told the young man it was six or seven miles to his job interview location.
The restaurant owner wrote in a Facebook post, “He thanked me and continued on. He could have asked me for money for a bus. In fact I quite expected him to. He didn’t. He just started walking.”
Bouvier said about 15 minutes later he was in the car with his wife when he spotted the teenager walking and asked her to pull over.
He discovered the 18-year-old named Jhaqueil Reagan had intended to walk a full 10 miles for a job interview that paid minimum wage. The Bouviers gave Reagan a ride the rest of the way.
Bouvier later told Fox 59, “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, up both ways in the snow.”
Bouvier took Reagan’s phone number advising him to keep his interview, but noted he would see if he could hire him at Papa Roux.
The restaurant owner told Reagan whatever the other shop offered him, he would double it. Bouvier then told us that Reagan later learned although he did well in the interview with the other establishment, the position had already been filled.
Bouvier said of Reagan, “It’s been a while since I’ve met someone so young with a work ethic like that! I tell every single applicant, I can show you the ropes, but what I can’t teach is work ethic. Show up. Be on time. Don’t disappoint your crew.”
Jhaqueil Reagan was excited about his new job at Papa Roux, saying, “I’m lucky I met him.”
Reagan said it’s been hard finding a job. He had to drop out of school two years ago when his mother died. He completed his GED while staying home to care for his siblings.
Reagan now has a job and a huge following on Facebook. Reagan said of all of the news coverage, “It’s crazy. I don’t even know. It’s really crazy. My heart’s just racing right now. I’m just too excited, just excited to start.”
In addition to having a job that would be only a three mile walk from home instead of 10 miles, the local transit authority IndyGo gave Reagan a one-year pass free of charge.
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