And every day is a tribute to how much he cares about his job, his boss and his coworkers.
"I set our attendance standard by this man," says Todd Wilson, plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering. "I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I'll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can't get here — bull!"
His job pays $10.55 an hour
Riding a bike at 10 pm on busy roads sounds like a death wish.
A rich man comes to a rebbe (sort of a Jewish guru) and boasts about his abstemious lifestyle. He sleeps on a board, bathes in cold water, all week long he lives on bread and water, and even on the sabbath he contents himself with a morsel of salted fish.
The rebbe says "OK, stop doing that. From now on I want you to eat a roast chicken every day, and wash it down with a bottle of wine."
Later one of the rebbe's followers asks why he told the rich man to live like that. "Because," the rebbe answered, "if he lives on bread and water he'll think that poor people can get by on stones."
The story inspired Evan Leedy, a 19-year-old computer science major at Wayne State University, to set up the campaign on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe with a goal of raising $5,000. Within an hour, more than $2,000 was raised, Leedy told the paper. Through Monday afternoon, the campaign had raised $62,444 via nearly 2,000 donations.
According to Leedy, all the money raised will be set aside for Robertson's car, insurance, gas and maintenance.
Meanwhile, a local car dealership has offered to give Robertson a free car.
"He gets to choose," Angela Osborne, customer service specialist at Rodgers Chevrolet in Woodhaven, Mich., said. "We were just impressed with his determination."
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