Detroit man who walked 21 miles to work each day forced to move for his safety

Published: Monday, February 02, 2015 @ 6:36 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 1:46 PM

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UPDATE: James Robertson told police that he did not feel safe in his current home after receiving a new car and being the subject of a fundraiser that has collected over $300,000. The Detroit Free Press reports that crime prevention specialists assisted Robertson with moving to a safer temporary residence. Robertson told police that people had been asking him for money. Robertson has not received any cash yet from the fundraiser, and is meeting with financial advisers who will help manage the man's newfound wealth.

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Here's a man with a big heart and even more determination.

Each day, James Robertson, 56, walks 21 miles each day round trip just to get to his job. No matter what the weather, Robertson has been hiking it to work ever since his car broke down 10 years ago, he tells the Detroit Free Press.

"By the time Friday comes, you’re mentally and physically drained," Robertson tells the Free Press, saying that he's "extremely tired" by the grueling commute that leaves him only a couple hours to sleep each week night.

His job at a factory pays $10.55 so he says he can't afford a car and the bus only takes him so far to work. The rest he has to walk, consuming large amounts of Coca-Cola and Mountain Dew just to stay awake. The walk only leaves him with a few hours of sleep before he has to do it all over again, but he loves the people he works with so he makes it work.

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His story has reached millions, prompting 19-year-old Evan Leedy to set up a GoFundMe page to help Robertson out. 

"I just used my phone," Leedy told the Free Press. "I created the go-funding site and within an hour we had $2,000." The crowdfunding page has raised over $149,000, according to People.

The funds likely will be managed by a board of professionals who would make sure the donations go towards the cost of having and maintaining a car, including the high auto insurance rates that Detroit motorists pay.

But that's not the only gift Robertson is getting. According to The BlazeRodgers Chevrolet in Woodhaven, Michigan, offered to give Robertson a free 2014 Chevrolet Cruz or Sonic after sales manager Darwin Filey came across his story on Facebook.

Robertson couldn't be more grateful.

However, when it was suggested that a new federal program might temporarily provide a door-to-door public transit service for Robertson, he said he'd rather see those funds used on a 24/7 bus service that everyone can use.

While the donations and offers of cars pour in, Robertson is determined to not miss a shift.

"Where there's a will there's a way."

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this story.

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Turkey crashes through car's windshield, injuring driver

Published: Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 3:03 PM

Turkey Smashes Through Car Windshield, Injures Drive

A driver in Illinois received an unexpected passenger on their Saturday morning commute.

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Officials with the Harristown Fire Protection District posted photos on its Facebook page showing a turkey that slammed into the windshield of a car. The turkey crashed through the driver's side windshield, leaving a large hole, officials said. When rescue workers arrived, they found the driver outside of the vehicle, covered in glass. The driver was treated for multiple facial cuts, officials said.

Fire officials said that the turkey, a 25-pound male, was found on the passenger floorboard. The bird did not survive the accident.

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Judge rules monkey can't own selfie photo copyright

Published: Thursday, January 07, 2016 @ 8:58 AM
Updated: Thursday, January 07, 2016 @ 10:25 AM

A judge has ruled that Naruto the monkey cannot be declared the copyright owner of the now-famous selfie photograph.


U.S. District Judge William Orrick said in federal court in San Francisco that "while Congress and the president can extend the protection of law to animals as well as humans, there is no indication that they did so in the Copyright Act."


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The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sought to become the legal representative of the monkey,  a crested macaque who lives in a reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The selfie photos were taken during a 2011 trip with an unattended camera owned by British nature photographer David Slater.


Slater obtained a British copyright  for the photos through his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., and argued the copyright should be honored worldwide.


PETA sued Slater and his self-publishing company Blurb, which published a book called "Wildlife Personalities" that includes the "monkey selfie" photos. The photos have also been widely distributed online.


After the ruling, Jeff Kerr, general counsel for PETA, said, "Despite this setback, legal history was made today because we argued to a federal court why Naruto should be the owner of the copyright rather than been seen as a piece of property himself."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Wild turkeys hanging out at health clinic harassing patients, officials say

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 2:10 PM

Wild Turkeys Harassing Patients At Health Clinic

Patients trying to access a health clinic in California are having to contend with a rogue and feathered security force.

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A group of wild turkeys have made the area around the John Muir Health Clinic in Concord their home. The fowl are not friendly to patients trying to access the clinic, officials told KTVU.

About a dozen turkeys routinely pace in front of the doors to the clinic, and they have also claimed the clinic's parking lot, officials said. The turkeys are aggressive and have scratched patients’ vehicles, a clinic official told KTVU.

Some people are fans of the turkeys, feeding them and freeing them from traps that wildlife officials set up to remove them from the premises, KTVU reported.

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Officials in New Mexico town battling skunk invasion

Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2018 @ 12:46 PM

New Mexico Town Officials Battling Skunk Invasion

A mild winter has given way to a severe stink in one New Mexico town.

Officials in Hagerman, a town in southeastern New Mexico, announced Thursday on Facebook that the town is being overrun by skunks. Traps are being set up to capture the skunks and humanely remove them from the area. A town ordinance has been issued, requiring residents to keep their animals contained indoors or in their yards while the skunk removal campaign is active.

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Cats, dogs and other pets captured in the traps will be cared for at the town's animal shelter, but residents will be issued a citation upon claiming their pets for not obeying the containment ordinance, the Hagerman Police Department’s Facebook post said.

The skunks will be relocated near a river on the east side of town, KOB reported.


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