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Hardest working man in America?

Leslie Brown

Sometimes we rely on our British cousins for news, for example, to find out what really happened to the bust of Winston Churchill that was once in the White House. In this case, they “hip” us to possibly the hardest working man in the U.S., cause we know it ain’t Obama.

The U.K. Daily Mail covered a story on Detroit resident James Robertson who was commuting approximately 21 miles a day by foot to get to and from work. Bus routes were not available and he was without a vehicle. Now that’s determination.

Thankfully, the kindness of strangers “kicked-in” and as in another couple of stories we have covered, a vehicle will be purchased with the sheer kindness of others for a hard-working fellow man.

For ten years James Robertson hasn’t missed a single day of work. What’s even more remarkable is that Robertson walks a round trip of 21 miles a day just to get there.

For five days a week, Robertson, 56, trudges from his home in Detroit to his job at the factory where he works in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

He’s walked the walk ever since his 1988 Honda Accord quit on him more than 10 years ago.

His job pays him $10.55 an hour, which he claims is not enough for him to buy his own car, but that may well change after well-wishers managed to raise almost $42,000 for him in an online campaign in just hours.

Evan Leedy, 19, of Macomb Township, a WSU student studying computer science, said he was struck by the article and the sheer numbers of people commenting online, many of them asking how they could help Robertson.

Leedy said he decided to act. ‘I just used my phone. I created the go-funding site and within an hour we had $2,000,’ he said.

A local car dealership even offered to give him a 2014 Chevrolet Cruz or Sonic.
‘He gets to choose,’ said Angela Osborne, customer service specialist at Rodgers Chevrolet in Woodhaven.

‘We were just impressed with his determination,’ Ms. Osborne said.
As of Monday morning, the total was close to $42,000 and still rising.

Shared from the U.K. Daily Mail

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