Alabama UPS Employees Surprise Teenage Co-worker With Jeep After Watching Him Walk Over 8 Miles to Work

UPS employee Derrick Taylor was given a used Jeep by other employees at the UPS Customer Center in Oxford. (Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star)

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