After his 1988 Honda Accord broke down, 56-year-old James Robertson of Detroit, started walking to his workplace for about 21 miles and covering the last 2-mile stretch by bus.
Robertson works for Schain Mold and Engineering and has been taking the road 5 days a week by foot and partly by bus for the last 10 years to cover the 23-mile distance to Rochester Hills, Mich., the New York Post reported.
AdvertisementHis boss, Todd Wilson said that has set Robertson as an example to other employees saying that "if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I'll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can't get here - bull!"
Robertson, who stays awake by fueling up on Coke and Mountain Dew, said that he sleeps a lot on the weekend, but just couldn't imagine not working.
He earns 10.55 dollars per hour, well above Michigan's minimum wage of 8.15 dollars an hour. However, the pay still not enough to buy, maintain and insure a car in the Motor City.
Robertson said he was unaware of the Job Access and Reverse Commute program, funded in part with federal dollars, that provides door-to-door transportation to low-income workers, albeit at a cost.
Wilson said that though he would love to provide Robertson a pick up, he doesn't just gets in anybody's car as he likes his independence.