Cop Stops For Teen Walking In Freezing Cold. Next Day Learns Cop Posted About Him On Facebook
Kristin Danley 9/18/2017
Arkansas State University pre-pharmacy sophomore James Taylor was stopped by a Jonesboro Police Department officer who was suspicious about his early morning activity. That fateful encounter at 2 a.m. rocked James' world like he never could have imagined.
The officer noticed the young man walking in the freezing cold, not knowing that his decision to stop would change his life forever. The officer, James Shipman, learned that James walked four miles to and from work every single time he was scheduled a shift at a McDonald's.
The officer halted James because he was wearing two hoodies with his hands shoved in his pockets like he was hiding something. But James was wearing two layers that early morning because it was 19 degrees out.
When Officer Shipman learned James' story, that he was unable to afford a car and walked from his apartment to and from work on foot, the officer was touched by his tale. James told the officer he had no choice but to walk to work in the freezing cold, because he had to pay his tuition and his bills.
The officer decided to share James' story on Facebook and the next day, popped by his apartment and handed him a $20 bill to pay for cab fare for when he worked next. Within days, James' story went viral.
Local residents were compelled to establish a GoFundMe campaign designed to help James purchase a car. Within just three days, they had met their goal.
Then, she shocked the young man by offering him a $20,000 scholarship from the Ellen Degeneres' Entitle Fund. James admitted afterward that he was perfectly content working at McDonald's and living a low-profile life, but he was incredibly grateful for everyone's generosity.
Learn more about James' story and Ellen's incredible gesture in the video below.