Carr drove the distance from his home in Homewood to the Bellhops Moving Company headquarters in Pelham, Alabama, which was about 20 miles away. He entered the offices and asked for a job application, which the secretary gave him immediately. Right after finishing the application, Carr realized the company CEO was in the offices.
As the application was handed to him, he decided to call Carr in for an interview right there and then. The two men got along almost immediately, and after asking Carr some questions about his life and past professional experiences, the CEO decided to hire him. They shook hands, and Carr agreed to start the very next day at 7 a.m.
Walter decided he wouldn’t let this bring him down, so he put the university letters aside and decided he would explore his job options. If he could manage to get a decent job for at least a year and save some money, he could maybe afford a good community college and take it from there.
He started scouring the newspapers, local restaurants, and coffee shops for any job postings. Finally, he ended up securing a job as a cook in a fast-food restaurant, but he was aware this could only hold up for so long, as the pay wasn’t nearly enough for what he needed.
A New Opportunity
Walter and his mother had relocated to Homewood, Alabama, some years back in search of a better life and more opportunities. After searching for a job in the area, as he desperately needed to make ends meet for himself and his mother, a friend told him there was an opening at a moving company that had a very good reputation.
He knew it would be physically demanding to work for a moving company, but he also knew the pay had the potential to be quite decent. Carr immediately called the company, which was Bellhops Moving, and they told him he could come into the offices during working hours and fill out an application. The next morning, that’s exactly what Carr did.
The Hope of a New Job
As Walter happily walked back to his car after the successful job interview, he couldn’t help but feel that things were finally working out. He no longer had to take temporary, low-paying jobs that barely covered his apartment's rent, let alone the monthly costs of utilities, food, and gas. Walter had previously worked as a cook in fast-food restaurants, but the pay wasn’t enough.
He arrived home after the 20-mile drive and shared the good news with his mother. They had a nice, celebratory lunch, and he went about his afternoon, thinking about what he needed to prepare for his first day at a brand-new job.
The Night Before
On the night before his first day at Bellhops Moving Company, Walter got his clothes ready, made sure he had packed lunch, and had all the paperwork and tools he needed. Walter realized he had left some things in his car, so he went into the garage. He realized he needed the lights on in the car to look for what he needed, and so he tried turning it on.
To his surprise, the car had broken down, and no matter how many times he tried, he couldn’t get it to start. He checked to see if it was the battery or something else that could be fixed relatively quickly but nothing worked. Carr looked at his watch and realized it was 8 p.m.