I respect the hell out of this kid but damn dude, take a day off, you’re really making the rest of the population look bad. When I was working as a waiter in high school, you bet your ass I was calling out sick if I had either one of these injuries, let alone both. With a neck brace, he could have EASILY gotten off at least a week and no one would have batted an eyelash. If anything, it would’ve gained him some sympathy around the place. Now, all of his coworkers are kind of screwed because their boss will always be able to say “Jakeem was able to come to work in a neck brace, what’s your excuse?” or something along those lines. Point is, if I’m one of this kid’s coworkers, I’m kind of pissed.
Anyway, Jakeem Tyler, a teenage Chick-fil-A employee in Avon, Indiana, went to work in a neck brace and arm sling after being injured in a car crash because he needed money to help feed the homeless and he didn’t want to let his colleagues down. His left arm was in a sling and he was wearing a neck brace as he counted out change from behind the counter.
One customer, Cameron Nelson, shared a photo of Jakeem on Facebook, and it has since gone viral.
Via Daily Mail:
‘I saw this young man working with a neck brace & a sling. We sneeze too hard & decide to call in, but he’s workin like nothing’s wrong,’ Nelson posted on Facebook.
‘When I placed my order, I asked him what happened… he said he was involved in a car accident, but he was working cause he needs the money & also wants to feed the homeless for Christmas & needs the cash. The teenager had been planning on buying food for a local charity called Homeless Hoosiers.
‘He’s definitely doin it for a great cause & I was amazed he’s still workin despite his condition.’
Nelson created a GoFundMe page for Tyler and it has well exceeded the $2,500 aim. In less than a week, the page has received more than $10,900 in donations.
After the photo went viral, Chick-fil-A released a statement about Tyler:
“Jakeem is a phenomenal young man and an outstanding team member. He is an inspiration both in terms of his work ethic and commitment to serving others
Although he was in a car accident recently, he returned to work after being cleared by his doctor and with the support of his family so he could not only serve alongside his team in the restaurant but also earn money to give back to others.
We are beyond proud of Jakeem and support his efforts to serve the homeless in our community. In regards to the money being donated on his behalf: Jakeem is grateful for the support of the community. How he decides to utilize the money is up to Jakeem and his parents.”
So, at the end of the day, shout out to Jakeem for being such a stand-up dude, I’d be damn proud to call someone like this my friend. But at the same time, chill out man. Just a little bit. Work to donate to the homeless, but do it when you’re healthy. You’re killing all of us average-hearted folk.