UPS workers in Alabama surprised a teenage colleague who walked 10 miles to and from work every day with his very own car. Derrick Taylor has been working at the center in Oxford, Alabama, for a year and a half loading and unloading trucks with packages for $11.90 an hour. He had been walking five miles in the dead of the night to begin 4am shifts and then completing the same trudge home at the end of the day without complaint to make sure he had enough money to look after his sick mother and pay their bills. While co-workers often insisted on giving him rides for at least one leg of the journey, the nineteen year old said he was too proud to ask for help both ways and doesn’t like accepting money or help from his older siblings. He already had a drivers license but couldn’t afford a car so staff clubbed together to buy one for him.
Derrick’s impressive work ethic inspired his co-workers to come together and raise money and bought him a used Jeep Cherokee. As he handed Derrick the keys to his new car, JD Williams, Derrick’s safety supervisor, said, “This is a hard working young man. He makes me emotional. This young man wants to work so bad, he walks to work from way out of town…The group here, we’ve got some good news for you. Everybody came together and you don’t have to walk no more,” Ward continued. “You’ve got your own ride.”
An emotional Derrick wiped tears from his face before going to check out his new car in amazement. “I was overwhelmed with joy. No one had ever done anything like that for me so it made me cry and I’m not really the type to show my emotions… If I could, I would go around and thank everybody one by one.” Taylor said in the video, as he checks out his new ride. “This is really going to change a lot for me, so thank you again.”
Derrick has been working since he was 14 to look after his mother. He hopes to one day become a driver for UPS and later invest in ‘something profitable’ like a college degree. He said, “I wanna move up at UPS and become a [truck] driver and with the money I make as a driver I want to invest into something profitable,” he told the Daily Mail. “I really wanna go to school and get a degree in business and music engineering.”