INDIANAPOLIS (www.incnow.tv) -- Last Friday an Indianapolis teen started a journey in terrible weather that unintentionally landed him a job at Papa Roux and national attention.
Jhaqueil Reagan, 18, lost his mother a couple of years ago and has siblings he needs to help provide for and this week he found employment in the least likely of places, a parking lot.
Art Bouvier, owner of Papa Roux, was clearing out the parking lot at his restaurant when Reagan can up to him and asked him for direction to 10th and Sherman, which was about six or seven miles from where they were standing.
Bouvier told an affiliate station, WTHR, that he fully expected Reagan to ask for bus money and was shocked when the teen went on his way through the ice and snow. 15 minutes later Bouvier and his wife saw Reagan still walking down 10th street and Bouvier told reporters that he thought "My gosh, he's legit. He really did need to go somewhere. It wasn't just a play for money."
Bouvier offered to give Reagan a ride and that's when he discovered that the teen was on a 10-mile trek to get to a thrift store for an interview for a minimum wage job. Bouvier was impressed that Reagan had planned his time well since his interview was still two hours away.
Bouvier asked Reagan if he'd eaten yet that day and Reagan said he had not so Bouvier gave him money for lunch. Then he took the teens number before dropping him off at a Dairy Queen near the thrift store.
Later Friday morning, Bouvier posted about the chance meeting on Facebook that has since been shared over 6,000 times. In his post he announced that he was planning on giving the teen a job and having him start Monday. But later when Bouvier called Reagan, Reagan told him he could start whenever he was needed and Bouvier went and picked up the teen that night.
Reagan was shown the ropes that night and began officially with Papa Roux Monday.
Since the post went viral, Papa Roux's Facebook profile has been forced to put a hold on accepting friendships. But the profile has a clever cover photo explaining the situation. And the PapaRoux Facebook Page now has more than 6,000 fans.
And Reagan has been thrust into the spotlight with the story being covered on a national level as well as in other counties like East Africa and Germany. After an IndyGo worker, Paula Haskin, saw the story and approached her supervisor, IndyGo presented the teen with a one-year bus pass so he wouldn't have to walk to his new job.
This story shows how hard work, preparation and dedication can truly pay off.
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