Here is the story of another man’s hard work and determination that went viral. Kyle Bigler of Belmont, New Hampshire walked a combined 16 miles a day to two minimum wage jobs and sometimes worked 20-hour shifts.
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Bigler’s life has now been changed for the better due to a kind act of a daily customer. In early July Joanna Griffiths snapped a picture of Bigler when he was at his day job at Dunkin’ Donuts while getting her morning coffee.“I came through the drive-thru and I took a picture of him and I said, ‘I’m gonna make you famous,’ and he goes “Yeah, right, cause of my crazy hair or something?” Griffiths said.
Griffiths wanted to post on Facebook the story behind this incredible young man. Griffiths was amazed that he knew everybody’s order without them even having to tell him. And once she found out that he was walking 16 miles to his jobs, she just knew he was someone who deserved some help.
The post soon went viral, receiving over 20,000 shares, and it quickly spun into something Bigler could never imagine. News spread about the town and word soon got to AutoServ of Tilton, a local car dealership, who was inspired by Bigler’s work ethic and wanted to reward him.
“I was touched by Kyle’s work ethic and perseverance even when times were tough,” said Ryan Parks, the sales manager at AutoServ. The company donated a car to Bigler to help him with his commute back and forth. “I feel like that’s something we don’t see as much nowadays when I compare my generation to my parents’ or my grandparents’ and it was really refreshing to see that.”
The real inspiring part about the story is Bigler has a learning disability and a severe speech impediment. Because of his speech impediment, no one in his home time would hire him, so he ventured to two separate towns for work in order to provide for his family. He could make more money if he collected State and Federal aid but he has chosen to work hard for his money.
Griffiths sums up the moral of the story,
“He persevered through two minimum wage jobs you know, it doesn’t matter what job you’re at as long as you try hard and do your best you can make it.”