An Alabama man’s emotional reaction was caught on camera after his co-workers came together to surprise him with an extraordinary gift.
Derrick Taylor has worked as a shipper at the UPS Customer Center in Oxford, Alabama, for a year and a half. He arrives early each morning to work a physically demanding job loading and unloading the large delivery trucks.
Making that an even more difficult proposition is the fact that Taylor didn’t own a car.
“He walked over seven miles to work, rain or shine, five days a week,” Allie Steen, a co-worker of Taylor’s, told Global News. She says he’s rarely late for his shift and always works hard, despite his nearly 25-kilometre daily round trip.
“Derrick has an excellent work ethic,” Steen said.
And so Taylor’s co-workers decided to pool their money – and buy him a car.
Steen says a co-worker who was retiring offered up his Jeep Cherokee for whatever amount they could raise – which ended up being US$1,100.
Then they decided to surprise Taylor with it after his shift ended last Wednesday.
“That day when I came in I got dropped off,” Taylor told Global News. “I seen the Jeep [out back], but I didn’t think nothing of it.”
Taylor says his co-workers came up with a list of excuses to keep him around after his shift ended so they could gather everyone for the surprise.
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SOURCE: Global News