UT alum raises money for homeless Wendy's cashier

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by Arden Ward / Culture Map Austin

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Posted on February 7, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 9:26 PM

(Culture Map) -- If you're a University of Texas alum from the past decade or so, chances are you remember an unassuming hero from The Texas Union. Ishmael Mohammed Jr., known simply as "Junior" to hoards of Longhorns, was the beloved face of Wendy's — and the fastest cashier in the West.

Junior, who broke the world record for most sales in a fast food restaurant in under 30 minutes, worked at the University of Texas from 1998 - 2012. The subject of a SXSW documentary, Junior is in the spotlight again today, the subject of a GoFundMe campaign set up by a former UT student. 

At 9 a.m. on Feb. 7, Benjamin McPhaul (data director at the Republican Party of Texas) started a campaign to "Help UT Wendy's Guy Get off the streets."

"Last night, Feb. [6th], 2014, my fiancee and I ran into Junior on the street near Campus," the campaign reads. "His mother passed away and left him homeless. This breaks my heart and I want to help, but I cant do it alone. Lets raise some money to get Junior back on his feet!! All proceeds will go towards getting Junior a place to live and a job." \

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