Student takes long walk to work -- ends up owning boss's auto

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2018

"I asked Walter if he wanted to go upstairs and rest until everyone else arrived", said Lamey in a Facebook post.

Walter shakes hands with Officer Mark Knighten who saw Carr on the side of the road and picked him up to bring him to breakfast. While Carr wasn't going to talk about what happened, Lamey said she told him to tell his story, and the other workers were amazed.

"Walter said that he was supposed to help us with our move today".

Jenny Lamey also started a Go Fund Me, which quickly exceeded its goal of $2,000. Marklin said he started getting texts about Carr's story and got his team together to figure how they could thank him.

Neal Embry
Neal Embry

He searched the route from his apartment in Homewood to the house in Pelham, and according to Google Maps, it would take eight hours on foot.

Marklin apparently drove from Tennessee under the guise of thanking Walter, only to surprise him with a barely-driven 2014 Ford Escape.

Walter Carr, a college student in Birmingham, Ala., was starting his new job at Bellhops Movers in the morning.

Lamey discovered that Carr and his mother were from New Orleans, but moved to Alabama after losing their home during Hurricane Katrina."He looked at me in the eye and smiled and I felt like I had known him much longer", wrote Lamey of the pair's interaction that morning.

Jenny Lamey, a customer of the moving firm, wrote on Facebook that she and her husband had awoken early last Friday to prepare for movers who were due to arrive at around 08:00.

"I just keep thinking now, 'What would Walter do?'" said Lamey.

"He's such a humble, kind-hearted person", she said.

"I can't imagine how many times on that lonely the middle of the night did he want to turn back". I am in total awe of this young man'.

Carr started his 20-mile trek sometime around midnight.

Marklin was so touched by the story of his new employee's dedication to work that he drove his own barely-used vehicle over from Tennessee to surprise the student. "We're trying to transform that with a lot of heart and a lot of grit".

He hopes to join the US Marines before returning to Birmingham to study physical therapy. Under the guise of having coffee, Marklin met with Carr and surprised him with an SUV.

'I am honestly blown away by him, ' Marklin told the paper. So far, he's batting 1,000'.

He continued: "I want people to know this - no matter what the challenge is, you can break through the challenge. Nothing is impossible unless you say it's impossible". "I don't think Walter. was ever going to let not having a auto get him down". You can do anything you set your mind to'. How long would take me to get there?' " he said in an interview with The Post.

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