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Cop Gives Bike to Teen Who Walks 9 Miles to Work


AOL Jobs • May 14, 2013 • Claire Gordon

You might think that kids today are entitled and self-absorbed, too busy watering their virtual tomatoes and tweeting their breakfast to know the meaning of hard work. But every now and again a story comes out that seems to bust this myth. The latest comes from Arizona, where a police officer pulled over a teenager who was walking down the street late at night.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Natalie Simonick, 46, spotted a young man walking alone through a desolate neighborhood at 11 p.m. When she asked him what he was doing, Christian Felix, 18, replied that he’d missed the bus, so he was walking the nine miles home from his job at McDonald’s, reports local station KNXV.

Simonick offered him a ride, and while talking to Felix became increasingly impressed. Felix didn’t drink or smoke, and had never been in trouble with the police. She asked why he didn’t ride a bike home, and when he replied that he didn’t own a bike, and had never learned to ride one, Simonick decided to give him her spare. And she arranged for her employer, the Phoenix Police Department, to give him a bike-riding lesson.

“It’s really something when someone comes off on the street and offers to do a kindness for you,” Felix told KNXV. “These days you don’t see anything like that.”


In February, another hard-working teenager’s chance meeting made news. Jhaqueil Reagan, also 18, and from Indiana, was hiking the 10 miles through an ice storm to interview for a minimum wage job at a thrift store, when he stopped to ask a man for directions. He confessed to the stranger that he couldn’t afford the bus; his mother had died two years before, and since then he’d been staying home to care for his siblings.

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  • These are kids who know what hard work is, and they aren’t afraid of it. That’s a true demonstration of the Protestant Work Ethic! They are an inspiration to all of us 🙂

  • Instead of spending our summers on our own pleasures, when we have a job, a responsibility, it helps us to grow. We grow socially, we grow more independent and competent, and we can have a sense of accomplishment of working towards and meeting a challenge, and it begins to teach us the value of a dollar and money management. I think having a job~ or any consistent responsibilities~ is a definite plus to growing up. It will help us as adults!

  • That is awesome. Felix was definitely doing everything as if he was working for The Lord and not men. No matter what season of our life we’re in – student, mom,…..etc…., we should do everything as though we’re working for The Lord and not men.

    Simonick was definitely being the Hands & Feet of Christ. When we feel prompted to do something, we should do it no matter what – Even if we don’t understand why. We could make someone’s day by just doing 1 small act of kindness.

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