INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR/CNN) - A young man's determination to gain employment despite the elements was rewarded.
Friday morning 18-year-old Jhaqueil Reagan was walking miles away from his home in snowy conditions.
His destination was a thrift store for a job interview.
"I'm out there every day, trying to make a dollar," said Reagan.
A walk through the parking lot of Papa Roux, a Cajun restaurant, turned out to be a turn of luck for the unemployed teen.
The restaurant's owner Art Bouvier was clearing ice and snow from the parking lot when Reagan asked him for directions.
"I said, 'buddy that's about six or seven miles'," Bouvier said. "I fully expected the next question was, 'Can you give me money for the bus?' It wasn't. He just kept walking."
Twenty minutes after that initial meeting, Bouvier was driving down the street and spotted Reagan. He offered the teen a ride.
The teen told Bouvier his story. Impressed by his determination to walk 10 miles for an interview, Bouvier offered Reagan a job at his restaurant.
"I just got to thinking, that's good work ethic," said Bouvier.
They exchanged contact information and Bouvier offered Reagan a job.
Bouvier later posted the encounter on his Facebook page. Since he's started at the restaurant, regular customers offer to buy Reagan a bus pass so he can get to his new job.