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Teen Who Commutes by Walking 10 Miles a Day Gets a Life-Changing Surprise from His Coworkers

posted: 03/07/17
by: Blythe Copeland

While most of the adults we know are complaining about their commutes and traffic, 19-year-old Derrick Taylor of Alabama has been traveling five miles each way to and from his job at a UPS loading center -- walking the full ten miles every day.

Taylor puts his $11.90/hour paycheck toward his family's household expenses, pitching in to help his mother who is too sick to work. Since his shift starts at 4 a.m., he's been walking to the loading center in the dark for more than a year, only occasionally accepting rides from his coworkers. The rest of his team was so impressed by his hard work and dedication that they put together a life-changing surprise: They bought him an $1,100 Jeep Cherokee.

"I was overwhelmed with joy," Taylor told the Daily Mail. "No one had ever done anything like that for me so it made me cry, and I'm not really the type to show my emotions."

Via Good Housekeeping