Man with 21 mile commute gets surprise car


James Robertson has been walking 21 miles to commute to work outside Detroit for nearly a decade — until today.

After his story became public last Sunday in the Detroit Free Press, an outpouring of support and donations culminated with Robertson taking the keys to a new Ford Taurus — one that he wasn't expecting to get when he walked into the Suburban Ford dealership in Sterling Heights, Mich., today.

"I don't like it," he told the dealer. "I love it."

Robertson's plight — and his committment to his job despite the hurdles he faced in getting to work — sparked a donation campaign that's raised $300,000 so far. More importantly, it's highlighted the troubles of workers like Robertson have in getting from the Detroit they love to the jobs they need. Already, the city of Detroit has promised to boost a program it has for giving public transit to people like Robertson; it had sat on more than $1 million in federal grants for years without using them until last year.

Several Detroit-area dealers offered Robertson the free use of a vehicle, but he specified a Ford Taurus, telling the Free Press: "It's simple on the outside and strong on the inside – like me."

Upon getting the car and the key, a dealership employee hopped in the passenger seat to help him get re-acclimated to driving (starting with a button now, and such.) Then Robertson left — because despite all the attention, he still had to get to his 2 p.m. factory shift on time, and nothing stops James Robertson.

Super awkward but good for that dude

THP - Super awkward but good for that dude

$300k in cash donations is insane.

21 miles?

gxcva - 21 miles?

Yes, He walked 21 miles (33.79 Kilometers) 5 times a week to work.

guess he is pretty fit

Dude must be in awesome shape Phone Post 3.0

dojo stormer - 


guess he is pretty fit


Yea, so after a year he'll probably be out of shape, huh? So much for $$$$$

How long before he's on the news for a DUI? Phone Post 3.0

I would have ridden a bike. Thats a long walk. Phone Post 3.0

21 miles to work? Or is that round trip 10.5 miles there and back?

What factory did he work at? Does it have a Union? The auto factories pay good money. Phone Post 3.0

dojo stormer - 


guess he is pretty fit



When he's due for his first oil change, they'll announce that he tested positive for Androsterone

Hocky Balboa -
dojo stormer - 


guess he is pretty fit



When he's due for his first oil change, they'll announce that he tested positive for Androsterone

Yeah, but it will be out of competition, so it won't count. Phone Post 3.0

ribz - 21 miles to work? Or is that round trip 10.5 miles there and back?

What factory did he work at? Does it have a Union? The auto factories pay good money. Phone Post 3.0
Googled article.

He makes 10.55 an hour. Works at a plastic parts factory.

Cool story, but I could afford a car on 10.55 an hour. Not a new car, but something. Phone Post 3.0

ribz - 21 miles to work? Or is that round trip 10.5 miles there and back?

What factory did he work at? Does it have a Union? The auto factories pay good money. Phone Post 3.0

Probably owes a lot for Child Support, All the Babies Mamas will probably get some of that money but then again he could be a good guy and just support 3 generations.

I would've gotten a job closer to home. I'm sure I could find one for that money. Phone Post 3.0

Story's very fishy. He gets 3 hours of sleep a night. I call bullshit Phone Post 3.0

Dirty Dick Slater - Story's very fishy. He gets 3 hours of sleep a night. I call bullshit Phone Post 3.0
Maybe he sleeps on the job. I'd need a lie down after walking 21 miles Phone Post 3.0

I don't believe it. He would be a lot leaner with that level of activity.

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