As the president scrambles to convince the American public that life will soon become very austere if Congress doesn’t fend off the budget cuts scheduled for March 1, an Indianapolis 18-year old is showing the world what true austerity is all about. He’s also demonstrating that the American spirit is founded not on handouts and “free stuff,” but rather on guts, determination and a desire to succeed.
The teen, Jhaqueil Reagan, met restauranteur Art Bouvier as the boy was hoofing his way through the ice, slush and snow to a minimum wage job interview 10 miles from his home. Reagan really needed that job. He’s the sole breadwinner for not only himself, but also his brothers and sisters since the day his mother died two years ago.
At that time he had to drop out of school to take care of his siblings. He’s not only been doing that, but he managed to acquire his GED at the same time.
Bouvier knew a good thing when he saw it, and soon hired Reagan at his Cajun restaurant, Papa Roux, for double the salary he would have received from the minimum-wage job.
According to UK’s Daily Mail:
Struck by the 18-year-old’s intense ambition, Mr Bouvier posted the teen’s story to his Facebook page.
Later, the status message took on a life of its own, and currently has nearly 15,000 ‘likes’ and has been shared nearly 4,000 times.
Mr Bouvier said that messages of support for Jhaqueil have been coming from all over he world.
Nowadays we can’t open the paper or turn on the TV without being deluged with bad news — much of it manufactured by politicians. Every now and then our soul cries out for a feel-good story. This report of a very determined young man has to be the feel-good story of the year.
Watch the news report below.
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