Carr had always been a man who figured things out for himself; he looked for solutions where other people saw none. He reminded himself about the route and the miles he had left to go; he thought about how fast he needed to walk if he was going to make it in time.
Most people would have called the night before and let their new boss know they weren’t going to make it. But Carr wasn’t like most people, and he knew that if he lost this job, he would need to go back to lower-paying jobs like cooking at fast-food joints. He needed the money to pay his rent.
Packing the Essentials
The alarm went off at midnight, and Carr started to get his things ready. As he was going to be walking for the next few hours, Carr had to pack light. He couldn’t make it in time if he was carrying too much weight, so he decided to leave everything and only pack the essentials.
Carr put his wallet and his phone in one pocket and a baseball and a kitchen knife in the other since he knew he would probably encounter stray dogs and perhaps would need to defend himself. The 20-year-old locked his apartment and went out into the night.
A Tough Journey
Carr had been walking for a few hours and suddenly came across a stray dog. He stayed calm and reminded himself that he was prepared for this – and so he tried his first line of defense: the baseball. He threw the ball far into the night and luckily, the dog ran quickly after it. Carr sighed with relief and went the other way.
He remembered the route by heart, as he had seen and studied it before leaving his apartment. He decided to pick up the pace and started jogging for a while. He went back to brisk walking and felt his legs burning with exhaustion, but he was focused, he had a goal.
Carr saw his watch, and the time was 2 AM when he realized he’d just passed the city of Hoover. He continued on his journey and entered Pelham city at around 4 in the morning, but he still had several hours left to reach his destination.
Carr saw the highway ramp that would be a shortcut to his destination, and as he started to walk on it, he realized he had to sit down for a minute. He passed the parking lot of a bank and sat down. Carr later said to ABC News that his legs were killing him and he had to rest for a minute.
A Car Approaches
After a few minutes, a patrol car from the Pelham Police Department passed by, and an officer stepped out. The man identified himself as Officer Mark Knighten and approached Carr where he was sitting. The officer asked Carr if he was OK, and the young man said yes, and proceeded to tell the officer his story.
Carr told Knighten how he was actually on his way to work and how he’d had to walk 20 miles because his car had broken down. He wasn’t crazy; he just couldn’t afford to be late on his first day at a new job because he really needed the money.