|Patrick", 52, was spotted walking along the side of a highway while on his way to work. (Facebook/McKinney Police Department)|
Thousands of dollars have been donated to a Texan man who makes a two-and-a-half hour walk to work each day.
“Patrick”, aged 52, was recognised by the McKinney Police Department in a recent post to Facebook after Officer Branson spotted him walking on the shoulder of a highway.
The post has since received thousands of reactions.
Patrick had reportedly been making his regular 24km walk from his hometown of Plano to his workplace in the neighbouring town of McKinney.
Officer Branson was so inspired by Patrick’s story that he offered to give him a lift.
“My kids will know about Patrick, my grandkids will know about Patrick, everyone should know about Patrick,” Officer Branson wrote in the Facebook post.
Patrick, who manages an ice cream and burger restaurant, justified his overly long commute with one word – “commitment”.
"You make a commitment to your job, to go to work every day. They expect you to go to work every day. No excuses,” he told NBC Dallas.
In response to the article, readers banded together and raised $4898 for Patrick.
His employer has also explained that Patrick had previously worked in Plano but had agreed to work in McKinney as part of a promotion and had claimed he had “reliable transportation”.
“He is a terrific, hard-working employee and we wanted to offer him the chance to advance in the company,” the company wrote in an email to the police department.
While Patrick receives an afternoon lift home from a colleague, the company has expressed concern about his health and wellbeing and said it will consult him further about his situation.