Walter Carr of Alabama walked several miles to get to his work, an incredible feat that earned him a car.
Carr's story became viral, reaching even the CEO of the moving company Bellhops, who was so touched he gave the college student a car.
Carr earned massive public admiration after a woman named Jenny Hayden Lamey shared his story on Facebook.
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According to her, a police officer told her that Carr, whom he dubbed "the nice kid", walked all night from Homewood to Pelham to get to work. It was his first day on the job and his car broke down the night before
"You could tell how the officer told us this story that he had complete admiration for Walter and by my reaction he could tell I did too," Lamey wrote.
Lamey's family was moving and they availed themselves of Bellhops' service.
The police officer had picked Carr up earlier that morning and took him to get some breakfast. He then brought Carr to Lamey's residence.
Lamey wrote: "I just can't tell you how touched I was by Walter and his journey. He is humble and kind and cheerful and he had big dreams!"
When Luke Marklin, the CEO of Bellhops, heard about the story, he knew he needed to meet Carr.
"This is an incredible story. The grit and heart Walter showed defines Bellhops' culture precisely. I'm really proud to be on the same team as Walter... We set a high bar on service and he just raised it," he posted to Twitter, where he also shared Lamey's story.
On the day they met, Marklin thanked Carr, saying the new employee epitomized the company's values.
Marklin then surprised him with the keys to his personal SUV, as shown by AL.com.
"Seriously?" Carr, shocked, asked in disbelief. He then hugged Marklin, who later guided him to the waiting car.