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Most of us don’t really enjoy our commutes, and the numbers back up that fact. According to a 2014 report in The Guardian, the U.K.’s Office for National Statistics found that commutes decreased one’s perceived quality of life.
It was essentially cumulative, too. For every minute of your travel time to work, your anxiety goes up and your happiness goes down.
The takeaway is pretty clear: If you want to feel better about your days, decrease the amount of time you spend on the road.
Sgt. Scott Bass from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office certainly gets it. He commutes quite a bit, but he has a nice cruiser with which to drive the streets.
According to the JoCo Report, Bass noticed a woman who had a much more challenging commute. He saw her several times as he drove by the Stone Gate Mobile Home Community.
He eventually decided to stop and talk to her, but this first discussion turned into so much more than that.
“One morning at this intersection I saw a young female walking, and it was really, really cold,” he explained to WTVD. “I could see by her dress that she worked for Bojangles.”
She didn’t just work for any Bojangles. Her name was Jaylesya Corbett, and she worked for a Bojangles in Nashville — more than six miles away.
It took Corbett two hours to walk to work and two hours to return home each and every day. Bass tried to help her whenever he saw her.
He’d pick her up on days when it was particularly rainy or cold. Yet he was bothered by the distance she needed to walk and impressed with her perseverance.
He wanted to do something to help her. “It just kinda really weighed on me and bothered me, and every day that I gave her a ride I just, for some reason just talked to my wife about her,” Bass said.
He told the Rocky Mountain Telegram, “I wanted to help Jaylesya because she walks six miles to work every day regardless of the temperature, rain or shine, stands on her feet during her entire shift and walks six miles under the same conditions back to her home — and that is truly admirable. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know her and wanted somehow to lessen her burden of that 12-mile walk.”
So he went and spoke with the management of a local Walmart. They decided they had just the thing to help Corbett.
The big-box store donated a brand new Schwinn Fairhaven Women’s Cruiser Bike so she wouldn’t have to make her way to work on foot anymore. Ironically enough, when Bass said he wanted to meet with her, Corbett assumed he wanted to reprimand her for something.
“I was shocked,” she said. “I didn’t think it was real.”
It was real indeed. Thanks to Bass’ efforts, one more hardworking woman will find her days a little bit easier — and a lot less footsore.
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