Do your employees come to work after being in a serious car accident? This guy does.

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

His name is Jakeem Tyler, and his story is going viral this week according to this report on

Jakeem works the drive-thru window at an Indianapolis-area Chick-fil-A. He’s doing it while in a neck brace and a sling. A customer snapped a photo of him and posted it on Facebook, saying “For anyone to work in those conditions is commendable, but it’s amazing for someone in his generation to have that type of work ethic.”  The post has picked up more than 6,300 shares.  “We sneeze too hard and decide to call in,” the customer also wrote, “but he’s working like nothing’s wrong,”

When asked what happened, Tyler said he was in a car accident but wanted to keep working because he needed the money for the holidays and to feed the homeless for Christmas. He also didn’t want to let his team down just by calling sick.

Chick-fil-A became aware of the story and agreed to make a donation to help Tyler’s cause to feed the homeless, saying in a statement to CBS4Indy: “Jakeem is a phenomenal young man and an outstanding team member. He is an inspiration both in terms of his work ethic and commitment to serving others. We are beyond proud of Jakeem and support his efforts to serve the homeless in our community.”  A GoFundMe page that was set up to help Tyler’s cause has more than tripled it’s $2,500 goal.

In a time where a case of the sniffles can result in excessive amounts of sick time, medical expenses and even lawsuits it’s encouraging to know that some employees recognize their commitment and are willing to show up for work the next day, even after a serious car accident.


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