Living in Detroit, I can't imagine his mortgage being high, therefore, I
also can't imagine why he couldn't buy a car, even if it's an older beat
I don't want to take any credit or sympathy away from this guy, but
raising $86,000 for a guy who isn't managing his money very well is an
example of how society functions. How about raising that type of money
for the homeless or the handicap or those who cannot earn a living.
I guess if I want a free car I would have to walk to work every day.
Unfortunately, I don't want to wait ten years.
You can't be serious. At $10.50 an hour I doubt he owns a house.
Strong statement..You may be right, but $400 a week does not cover very
much. I'd like to see your budget to live on that wage, including car
insurance where the rates are some of the highest in the country.
An option not presented yet is to move closer to work, if possible. I'd
like to know the real story.
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 9:09:37 AM UTC-5, philo wrote:
CBS news covered this last night. They had an interview with the
guy. He seemed genuine and credible. Not saying that means he is.
They showed the plastics factory where he has worked for a long time.
He takes the bus part way, then walks. At night, because there is
limited bus service, he has to walk farther.
So, IDK. It seems very strange and you would think there would be
other options. I guess there will be, the crowd funding thing has
You are right, When I first read the article I thought he walked from
Troy to Rochester Hills and upon re-reading it see that was the bus
route...so I'll be darned...that part of the story adds up.
OTOH: It still does not add up because it also said he only gets a few
hours of sleep and though the walk is a long one that still leaves
almost half a day of "off time"
On Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 9:57:11 AM UTC-5, philo wrote:
In the CBS story they gave more info. Not sure I have it exactly, but
it went something like this. He works from 2PM until 10PM. He leaves
the house at like 8AM, takes the bus, then walks. At night, because of
a limited bus schedule, he has to walk a lot farther. I think they said
he gets off the bus at 1AM, then has to walk. So, IDK exactly how
much time is left, I agree it sounds like it should be a lot more than
2 hours though.
1. walk to work = 5 hours at a brisk pace, 4 hours quite fast, 3 hours 40
minutes at double time
2. work eight hours
3. walk home, same as #1
At the best he would have around 8.5 ours free time; at the more realistic
"brisk pace" he would have 6 hours. Presumably, he would use that to
Own or rent is cheap. Houses sell for under $20,000 in Detroit. Renters
often pay $200 a month and if it's more, they get roommates.
If he can't afford a car, how about a bike. Seriously, how the hell did
he not think of a bike?
Here's the final tip off to bullshit. The Smart Bus line runs up and
down Woodward every day. Stops begin at the heart of downtown at the
Renaissance Center/GM headquarters and extend northbound every several
blocks. Specifically, bus line 475 begins at Woodward and Beaubien,
which is right on the river behind the RC. IF he lives farther north,
there are plenty of stops to wait. The 475 route extends northbound to
Troy Civic Center P&R, which is 5 miles direct south of his employer.
Smart buses allow bikes and in fact, have racks on the front of the
buses to strap a bike in. Therefore, whether walking or riding, he can
catch a bus along Woodward up to 5 miles from work. Even a taxi ride
would be worth it.
What's more puzzling is why doesn't a co-worker help him and pick up at
the Troy CC? Then take him back or somewhere along the bus route until
the co-worker has to go his/her way after work?
It was mentioned the boss's wife cooks him dinner. Seriously? After ten
years the only nice thing a boss can do is allow his wife to cook him
dinner knowing he's "supposedly" walking to work every day?
The entire story has more holes than a colander and IMO, is pure
bullshit. $250,000 raised for a guy who isn't bright enough to manage
his own finances, purchase a bike or consider other employment when that
money could be better used for much needier people.
People are gullible idiots.
Here in my town, the buses even have carriers on the front for bicycles.
No matter how broke the guy is bikes can be picked up cheaply...
even if occasionally someone would steal it, can you imagine how much
the guy would have to spend for shoes if he really walked than much?
On Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 9:47:37 AM UTC-6, notbob wrote:
I paid $10 for a Hercules 6-speed (in the late '60's) at a garage sale...in
a box, and every bearing in a glass jar. Got it all together...even zinc c
hromate primed it and finished-off with Chevy Sunshine yellow. I used it to
ride to the train in suburban Chicago (about a mile one-way). I left the g
arage door open one night...
On Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:02:45 AM UTC-6, bob_villa wrote:
in a box, and every bearing in a glass jar. Got it all together...even zinc
chromate primed it and finished-off with Chevy Sunshine yellow. I used it
to ride to the train in suburban Chicago (about a mile one-way). I left the
garage door open one night...
Sorry...it was a 5-spd racer, I also road it in winter and only spilled onc
(Hercules were made by Raleigh in the UK, IMMS)
I had a rigid GT stolen. It was a good bike in its day but it used every
weird Shimano gadget that was Shimano discontinued the next year. While I
was pissed I figured the thief had done me a favor since it forced me into a
suspension fork model. Since then I've studiously avoided anything with
Shimano's latest brainstorm.
This may appear twice (posted but didn't see)
My junker ten speed that I bought in 1972 was used year round, even in
Worked fine but looked so bad, no one stole it, even if left in known
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