UT students and alumni rally to help “Wendy’s Guy”

AUSTIN (KXAN) — University Students and alumni are rallying to help a man who worked at the Texas Union for nearly 15 years.

Ishmael “Junior” Mohammed Jr. worked at the Wendy’s in the union for several years, setting a record for fast-food sales in 30 minutes during his time there. He was also the subject of short documentary called ‘Junior! The Wendy’s Guy’, which debuted at South by Southwest in 2006.

According to a The Daily Texan article, Junior left his job two years ago and moved back to his hometown in New York.

But UT alumnus Benjamin McPhaul said he ran into Junior near campus Thursday night. McPhaul said Junior told him his mother had passed away and he was now homeless.

Hearing this, McPhaul started a GoFundMe page with the hopes of raising $2,000 to help get Junior back on his feet.

By 8 p.m. Friday, more than $15,000 had been raised and the page has been shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook, and numbers were still trending upward. At 4:30 p.m., the page had raised about $6,000.

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