Donations pour in for Junior the "Wendy's Guy"

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by JADE MINGUS /KVUE NEWS and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on February 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 5:48 PM

AUSTIN -- Junior, also known as the "Wendy's Guy," is famous among University of Texas alums for his nearly 15 years spent as a cashier on campus.

Now the students he served are lining up to help him.

In 2005 he broke the record for most fast food sold in half an hour, and a UT grad even made a short documentary about Junior shown at film festivals, including South by Southwest.

After Junior left his job at Wendy's a couple years ago, he fell on hard times and is now homeless.

UT student Benjamin McPhaul saw him on campus Wednesday night, and wanted to help. He started an online campaign on the website Go Fund Me and has raised about $30,000 in 48 hours.

"I am excited and shocked, but not surprised," said McPhaul. "I knew going into this there is an enormous amount of people whose lives Junior has touched by being his infectious self."

McPhaul is working with a case worker to make sure Junior can find permanent housing. Junior has also received several job offers.

"I think any business would be lucky to have Junior. He's a living legend in the Austin community," said McPhaul. 

 

 

 

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