Toby Forbrand | December 11, 2018
It was another long day for one woman who was keen to get to her workplace. She was walking on the sideways when she noticed a slow car approaching her through her peripheral vision. Trying to ignore it, she kept on walking, her eyes fixated on the sidewalk.
However, the car seemed persistent. It got closer and closer towards the curb. Silently praying, she wished to herself that hopefully, it was not her bad day at all. In a quick glance, the woman noticed the blue and red lights. Clearly, it was a cop car. Not today, she kept on praying. But the driver honked his horn.
Instant ConfusionThe driver was clearly calling the woman’s attention. It came to a full stop now and was repeatedly honking his horn. The woman was in awe. As far as she remembers, she did nothing against the law.
She is a simple woman who waves and greets her neighbors every morning before heading out to work. She is always under control of her emotions and temper, whether it’s at home or at work. Why a cop would suddenly come over and orders her to stop?
A Familiar FigureSgt. Scott Bass was driving along in his cruiser that day. He was on his way to the Nash County Sheriff’s Office to report for work. He was approaching the Stone Gate Mobile Home Community when suddenly; a familiar figure caught his attention.
For days now, the cop had been hoping to see the woman. He had some sort of an unfinished business with her. Now that he had seen her, there was no way he’s going to waste the opportunity.
Caught in the Middle of a RainstormThe woman, Jaylesya Corbett was on her way to Bojangles. The walk was tolerable enough for her as she’s already used to it. However, that day, the rainy weather made the usual routine a harder task for her.
She had an umbrella when she left home. But when she tried to open it, a strong gust of wind had taken it out of her hand. Nevertheless, she carried on. She was nowhere near her destination. Although she’s already wet from the rain, she kept herself alert on the pools of water along the way. It was enough of a struggle for that day and running into a cop was the last thing on her mind.
Unwelcomed AttentionFor Jaylesya, walking her way to her workplace on a sunny day is a burden enough. The least she could wish on her everyday routine was the bad weather. But judging by the wind and the rain, she thought she might be caught in the middle of a category 5 hurricane.
For her, the struggle she was facing that day can be compared to ten doses of her everyday walk because of the bad weather. But she knows she can deal with it and make it successfully and safely to Bojangles – but not with a cop.
Daily BurdenJaylesya Corbett did everything she can to make her daily routine an easy one. To the best of what she can afford, she purchased a comfortable pair of sneakers. However, she knew those shoes couldn’t save her from the rainwater. Her feet were already wet and she already feels the pain. She knew blisters were starting to form. Although it was not her first time to walk a long way, her aching feet seemed to shout for mercy.
Every day, she has to walk from home to Bojangles and back in the afternoon. The journey covers a total of 12 miles! It might sound unbelievable to most, but for this woman, the daily burden means she could take home more of her money to her family. No one, not even a cop, can stop her from her doing so.
A Life-Changing MomentThe 12-mile walk on foot was nothing compared to Corbett’s determination. She is willing to do everything for them and that long journey is just a little sacrifice for her family. The thought of not letting them down fuel her strength every day.
However, the cop that stopped her made her rethink of everything. She is walking on the highway every day, risking her life over and over again. Perhaps she was becoming a hassle to the motorists. Could it be the reason why she’s being stopped today? But why today of all days?
She Had to Face the CopJaylesya knew that pretending to ignore the cop car wouldn’t work as the driver keeps on honking his horn. Instead of killing herself on thinking what she did wrong, she finally decided to stop and wait for the cop to approach.
When the driver lowered the window, she could almost hear her own heart pounding. For her, a cop smells trouble. She was afraid that he would say dreadful things. Although she would be running late, she had no choice but to face him. If it’s judgment day, then she might as well know her fate right at that moment.
Negative ThoughtsEven if her mind didn’t tell her to stop walking, she knew the cop would soon catch her because she felt her legs and feet weak with fear. For a simple woman who just wants to do her day’s work to be able to get back to her family, this experience is too much.
There were plenty of negative thoughts in her mind. What if she did something she was unaware of? What if the cop suddenly seized her then put her in the back seat and drove straight to jail? What would happen to her poor family?
A Delightful Kind of ShockTrying to appear as calm as she can, Jaylesya decided to approach the cop. With her heart on her feet, she walked cautiously towards the car. The side of it bores the words “Sheriff, Nash County”. She was trying to rehearse what she would say to him in her mind. But the cop spoke first.
As soon as Jaylesya Corbett heard the words, she felt flabbergasted. The words were softly spoken and yet she had a hard time processing the meaning behind them. However, when the realization finally hit her, her fear and confusion turned into a delightful surprise.
Getting InThe cop who introduced himself as Sgt. Bass smoothly told her to get out of the street. But as smooth as it sounds, Jaylesya detected the hidden authority in his tone. When he asked her get into the cop car, she told him that she had to go to Bojangles.
The cop noticed the panic on the woman’s voice. She was arguing as if her life depended on it. However, he firmly repeated his words. Jaylesya Corbett had to get into the car. Seeing that the cop wouldn’t leave her behind, she decided to follow his command. There was no way she’s going to win the argument. Now she’s completely under the cop’s control.
Waiting for Her FateSeated inside the cop’s car, Jaylesya felt so helpless. While she knew that she was not in danger within the cop’s hand, the fate that awaits her is still unknown. Sgt. Bass resumed driving and no words came further.
Looking at the cop, she knew he wouldn’t say any more. It was evident on his calm face that he had already made up his mind about her. Her thoughts were already spinning. Her family was all she could think of. Her job was on her mind as well. She couldn’t afford to lose it. She was in turmoil.
The Silent DriveWhen Sgt. Bass continued to drive, Jayleysa began to wonder. Was he taking her to the Sheriff’s Office for further questioning? Although the cop didn’t put her handcuffs, she can’t help but feel nervous.
There was a deafening silence inside the cruiser. The cop’s eyes were focused on the road in front of them. Jayleysa kept on looking at him as if urging him to start a conversation. However, he wasn’t looking at her. It seemed that his mouth was already shut. Thinking that she might say something wrong, she decided to stay silent and tried not to appear anxious at all.
She Had to Be PatientOutside, the rainstorm kept on attacking the city. The ride felt even slower for Jaylesa as the cop lowered down the speed for safety. It was tough to drive in such weather and she decided not to bother him at all. But deep inside her, she felt she would pass out from unspoken fear.
However, Jayleysa thought to herself. Instead of striking out a conversation that might arouse suspicion and misunderstanding, she tried to think of happy thoughts instead. She is a woman who is always up for a challenge. Although she is poor, she knew in herself that she didn’t do anything against the law. For the meantime, she had to go with the flow while at the same time, being vigilant.
Was It a Wrong Move?Soon enough, Jayleysa regretted her decision. When her confusion was cleared, she had gotten back her wits. Come to think of it, cop or not, this man had no right to just stop her on her track without telling her the reason why.
As a respectful citizen, it was her right to know the reason behind her arrest. While he might look like a good cop, it was still wrong to order her to get in a cop’s car. Furthermore, he kept her hanging and in confusion by not speaking at all. She was about to rant when she noticed that the car was heading to Bojangles where her workplace is.
The Risk of Being SeenUpon confirming that they were heading to her workplace, Jayleysa Corbett realized she was in a desperate position. The thoughts of her manager and workmates seeing her inside a cop’s car run on her mind. What would her boss think of her situation? It’s easy to fall into conclusion.
As a mother who provides for her family, losing a job can be the end of everything. Her situation can easily ruin her reputation and she might have a hard time finding a new job again. She regretted that she didn’t run earlier. Perhaps a lone cop would not bother running after her in the middle of a rainstorm anyway.
A Kind HeartSgt. Bass was aware what the woman was thinking. However, he chose to be silent. He meant no harm anyway. Driving to his work to the Sheriff’s Office of Nash County every day, he had soon learned the story of this woman who walks 12-mile on foot on a daily basis.
He had noticed the woman’s uniform. He knew she is working at Bojangles. He was aware that walking 12 miles a day on a good weather is no easy feat. Seeing her walking in the middle of a rainstorm with no umbrella almost broke his heart. To him, no one deserves that fate. He felt that he had to do something for the amazing woman.
A Leg-breaking WalkFor the cop who gets tired at times during a long drive, walking for 12 miles every day was simply unthinkable. It was his first time to hear such a story and seeing her doing it despite the bad weather was enough.
He doesn’t know much about the woman, only that she is a mother who is willing to sacrifice her health and safety for the sake of her family. Although the cop was aware that any mother would go beyond limits just to be able to feed their children, seeing one in real life who does the unthinkable for most people is simply mind-boggling. He is a toughened cop and yet this woman had touched the soft spot in his heart.
The Heartwarming GestureFinally, Jayleysa Corbett understood what the cop was doing. He had given her a free ride to Bojangles. Going to her workplace and back home eats four hours of her day. But the estimate was applicable only when the weather is good.
Jayleysa was blown away by the cop’s generosity. Sgt. Bass offered to give her a ride every time the weather is bad. The cop assured that they are heading the same way and that it would cause no hassle to him. He didn’t tell her how amazed he is for her unrivaled determination. However, his act of generosity was more than enough for Jayleysa. She felt very grateful. But it seemed that it was only the beginning of a life-changing moment.
He Wanted to Do MoreSgt. Bass was blown away by the woman’s willingness and effort to make it to her work every day so that she could provide for her family. While most women today take their share of the work, for the cop, Jayleysa is different.
As a cop, he knew it was not his responsibility to give the woman a free ride to her work when it is raining. It was not in his job description. However, he couldn’t get the thought of her daily struggle off her mind. He knew he can do more for this hardworking mother. But what could he give?
The Unexpected InvitationAlthough Sgt. Bass kept his offer and continued to give her a lift, Jayleysa Corbett couldn’t help but felt nervous when the cop asked her to meet up. It was not raining and she didn’t have the slightest idea why Sgt. Bass wanted to see her. But then, she complied.
She was asked to come over to the Sheriff’s Office. Although she was not sure what it’s all about, she felt sure that the cop meant no harm. When he saw her, he reached out in his vehicle and took out something. It was a new Schwinn Fairhaven Women’s Cruiser bicycle. Before she could even react, Sgt. Bass told her that it’s a present for her.
A Rare Act of KindnessWhile on her way to meet Sgt. Bass, Jayleysa Corbett kept on thinking that she would end up in jail. But when the cop presented the gift, she instantly felt ashamed for thinking the worst. To her, kindness from grown-ups is so rare it can be compared to an eclipse.
Looking at the brand new bike, Jayleysa didn’t know what to say. In an instant, she knew her life was about to change. The cop’s simple act of kindness made her believed in humanity once more.
A Token of AdmirationFor Sgt. Bass, Jayleysa is one of the most admirable persons he met in his lifetime. For the sake of her family, she doesn’t care to get blisters on her feet, walking a total of 12 miles every day, back and forth from her work. Not only that. The woman’s work requires her to stand all day which makes the situation even harder.
Seeing a glimpse of opportunity to somehow lessen her daily burden, Sgt. Bass thought of a way on how he can help her. The mother who faces all kinds of weather just to be able to raise her family in a decent way had gained his full admiration.
Totally DeservingToday, even those people who can afford to have their own vehicles or those who can pay for transportation costs opt to use bikes for a healthier living. For Jayleysa, the bike can make all the difference in her life. Finally, her legs and feet wouldn’t have to take the full journey anymore. With a bike, everything seems easier.
Although it’s quite awkward for Jayleysa to receive something like this from a cop who’s almost a stranger to her in one way or another, Sgt. Bass made her feel that he is not doing this for the sake of charity. Instead, he made her feel that she totally deserved the gift. It warmed her heart knowing that someone out there appreciates her hard work.
Words of Respect and AdmirationThe meeting between Sgt. Bass and Jayleysa Corbett was recorded by other cops from Nash County Sheriff’s Office. The video was then posted on Youtube by CBS17. In a matter of hours, the video gained more than 6,000 views. Judging by the comments and likes, the community was amazed by the life-changing moment.
The Nash County Sheriff’s Office felt too proud of their cop’s act of generosity. They were really impressed by the woman’s story and thought of the same. She totally deserved what Sgt. Bass had given her. They also added a post to the viral video, recognizing Sgt. Bass’s attitude towards lending a helping hand to those in need.
A Model CopThere’s no denying that some people do not trust the police force anymore. But just like any other profession, if there are bad apples, there are the good ones as well. Who would have thought that a hardened man would notice a woman’s silent struggle every day?
Sgt. Bass had clearly set a new inspiration to the other cops. His act of kindness is proof that it doesn’t matter how big or how little. The most important thing is the thought of helping someone in need. It might not be in his job description. However, he went out of his way to change someone’s life for the better.
Will You Do the Same?Since the video went viral, people from the media sought Jayleysa Corbett who gladly put up with an interview. When asked about what she felt, she told the media that she was shocked. It was like a dream for her.
She didn’t have the slightest idea that Sgt. Bass was already aware of her journey every day. Whenever she walks, all that she thinks of is how to get to her work on time. Little did she know that someone out there was watching her, admiring her for her determination. Today, she doesn’t need to walk 12 miles on foot anymore!
It Was Hard to IgnoreSgt, Bass can easily drive to his work every day, completely ignoring the woman. But as days go by, the thought of her daily burden began to creep into his mind. That day when he saw her making her way to work in the middle of a rainstorm, he realized he just can’t look. He needed to do something.
Sgt. Bass’s mission in life is to serve and protect. Seeing how Jayleysa Corbett risks her life every day for her family, the cop knew he can make her life a little better. It doesn’t need expensive gifts to bring a little change. To him, the bike was nothing compared to the woman’s sacrifice for her beloved family.
Nothing Beats a Mother’s LoveBeing a mother is considered as one of the toughest professions in the world. From giving birth to the very end, a mother’s sacrifice for her kids is priceless. Some would not eat just to be able to feed their children. They always think of themselves as the last priority.
Jayleysa Corbett is one of these amazing moms who can give all of herself to her family. She doesn’t mind spending four hours walking back and forth just to be able to take home a bigger amount of money so that her kids can have more. No matter what challenges she’s up to, the thought of her family serves as her strength and armor.
A Lifetime MemoryCorbett was not expecting that someone would notice her perseverance. All she ever wanted is to be able to provide for her family and to keep her strong work ethic. She became oblivious of her surroundings.
Sgt. Bass’s gift will always remind her that good things can happen at the most unexpected time and that there are still people who believe that this world can be a better place.