Man who walks 21 miles to and from work gets help
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The walking man has received a lot of attention.
Hundreds of people have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to help the man. He typically walks 21 miles every day to get to and from work.
The Detroit Free Press reports that James Robertson rides buses part of the way to and from his factory job in suburban Rochester Hills, Mich. But because they don't cover the whole route, he ends up walking about 8 miles before his shift starts at 2 p.m. He walks 13 more when it's over at 10. Lately, he's been getting occasional rides. A banker who passed him every day finally asked what he was doing. The banker offered Robertson a lift.
The newspaper wrote about the 56-year-old's situation. Then multiple people started efforts to help him buy a car and pay for insurance. Some have offered to drive him for free. Others have offered to buy or give him cars.
Robertson began making the daily trek to the factory 10 years ago. His car had stopped working. And bus service was cut back. At work, he molds parts. He's had perfect attendance for more than 12 years.
"I set our attendance standard by this man," said Todd Wilson, plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering.
Evan Leedy, a 19-year-old student at Wayne State University, read the story. He started a GoFundMe site. The goal was to raise $5,000. As of Monday evening, he had raised more than $90,000.
Robertson said he was flattered by the attention. He's also amazed strangers would step in to help.
Critical thinking challenge: What does Todd Wilson mean by this statement: "I set our attendance standard by this man."