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Man Donates Car to Coworker Who Walks to Work

Zerubabbel Yisrael, aside from having an awesome name, is an awesome employee at Publix. He’s been known to get to work up to one hour early, saying, “I was taught to be an hour early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late and to be late is to be fired.”

Sometimes he took an Uber to his job at Publix — something that could cost him up to $25 — and other times he would walk four miles to the Alpharetta, Georgia, store.

“I didn’t really mind walking to work,” Zerubabbel said.

But still, that’s a lot of money to spend and a long way to walk just to get to your job. 

When his coworker Adam Speiler heard what he was doing, he had the perfect idea. Adam was trying to trade in a car, but it wasn’t going well. The car dealerships would only give him $1,500, and it was still a good vehicle, a 2004 Toyota Camry, worth more than that to Adam. 

Instead of trading it in, he opted to give Zerubabbel the vehicle. 

The two men only knew each other in passing, but Adam saw how hard Zerubabbel worked. Sometimes Adam worked the late shift with Zerubabbel, and that’s how he learned of his struggle to get to work. 

“He is one of the hardest workers in the store,” Adam said. “So it was kinda nice to actually help someone that actually works their butt off and tries to do the best thing for Publix. So I feel he truly earned it.”

Keep up the good work, Zerubabbel! 

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie lives in Meridianville with her husband, baby and four dogs. She thrives on chaos, and loves finding good news stories where you least expect them.

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