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This guy really does walk 20 miles to work in the snow

This guy really does walk 20 miles to work in the snow
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Stop me if you've heard this one: "When I was your age, I had to walk 20 miles to get to school, barefoot, in a snowstorm, uphill both ways ..." You get the picture.

It's usually the beginning of a rant or a joke, but what if I told you that there really is a man that's currently walking 20 miles in the snow, both ways, to get to work?

James Robertson is an incredibly dedicated worker. He is able to take the city bus part of the way, but for most of his daily round-trip commute he walks 20 miles. Robertson's dedication was recently featured in the Detroit Free Press, and then it blew up on the Internet.

Robertson used to have a car, and when it broke down a few years ago he wasn't able to get it fixed. But his story isn't all bad news.

“I set our attendance standard by this man,” says Todd Wilson, plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering. “I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I’ll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can’t get here — bull!”

Now the Internet has banded together to help him out, and it's way more than anyone expected.

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