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Remember Detroit’s “Walking Man”? – The Carney Show has an update

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Remember Detroit’s “Walking Man”? – The Carney Show has an update

James Robertson used to walk in the snow, 21 miles round-trip, just so he could go to work. His story was both heartbreaking, and inspiring, as many people these days won’t walk to the end of their driveway, let alone tackle a commute that starts at 8am, and on many days, ends well after midnight. […]

Remember Detroit’s “Walking Man”? – The Carney Show has an update

James Robertson used to walk in the snow, 21 miles round-trip, just so he could go to work. His story was both heartbreaking, and inspiring, as many people these days won’t walk to the end of their driveway, let alone tackle a commute that starts at 8am, and on many days, ends well after midnight. Just so he can get to work…..at a $10 an hour job, which in Detroit these days…could be considered middle class.

We discussed his story on The John Carney Show when it first broke, and then the subsequent stories about the GoFundMe page, that was raising money on his behalf, to get him a car, so he could drive to work….And then we talked about how the page had risen more than the $25K they had originally asked for….much more. At last count, James Robertson’s crowdsourcing page had $350,000 toward getting him a new car…but a new car he wouldn’t need, because a local Detroit auto dealership had donated a brand-new, bright red Ford Taurus to the cause….So, now with a new car and $350K in hand, James Robertson’s 10-year odyssey of walking 20+ miles to work was over, and everyone lived happily ever after….except, now people he knew started asking Robertson for money…and if they could drive his new car….and strangers started snooping around, to maybe ask for a handout, or even worse….

We talked to Charlie LeDuff, Detroit reporter and “Gonzo-journalist” (our label, not his) who got involved with the story, to find out what really happens to a hard-working, everyman who wins the lottery, while living in the hood…

 

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