No one likes to spend too much time on the road to go to work. According to a report published in The Guardian, in 2014, commutes decrease our quality of life. For every minute we travel to work, anxiety increases and happiness decreases. Now imagine what it’s like to walk 12 miles every day to go to work, just like the woman we’re going to talk about.
The conclusion is quite clear: if you want to feel better, cut back on the time spent on the road. Officer Scott Bass noticed a woman who had a very challenging course. He saw her several times while doing daily rounds. One day, the officer finally decided to stop and talk to her.
12 miles to work every day
“One morning at this intersection I saw a young female walking, and it was really, really cold,” he explained. “I could see by her dress that she worked for Bojangles.” Her name was Jaylesya Corbett and she worked for this restaurant in Nashville, more than six miles away!
It took Corbett two hours to get to work and two hours to go home every day. Bass tried to help her whenever he saw her, and offered rides on particularly rainy or cold days. However, the policeman was bothered by the distance she had to walk, and was impressed by her perseverance.
He wanted to do something to help her. “I wanted to help Jaylesya because she walks six miles to work every day regardless of the temperature, rain or shine, stands on her feet during her entire shift and walks six miles under the same conditions back to her home — and that is truly admirable. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know her and wanted somehow to lessen her burden of that 12-mile walk.”
The cop did not stand still! Instead, he spoke to the management of a local Walmart supermarket, and they decided they had the right thing to help Corbett. The big shop donated a brand-new Schwinn Fairhaven Wome’s Cruiser Bike so she would not have to walk to work anymore. Ironically, when Bass said he wanted to meet her, Corbett assumed he wanted to scold her for something.
“I was shocked,” she said. “I did not think it was real.” Actually, it was real, and wonderful. Thanks to Bass’s efforts, the working woman will have a little easier days! If you want to know more, see the interview below.
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