Apparently video games and ice cream weren’t enough to keep eight-year-old Jerry Wheeler occupied this summer, as his mom, Marie, discovered recently after listing an item with online shipping pioneer CitizenShipper.com.
“I needed to get a refrigerator to my friend in California, so I thought I’d get a good price by looking online,” said Marie. “After about a day, a driver located in my town bid on the shipment and offered a reasonable rate.
“Little did I know it was my own son. He’s in fouth grade – he should be riding bikes or watching Star Wars, not traipsing around the tri-state area delivering shipments.”
Even more shocking was that Jerry completed 1,000 shipments since school let out in May and earned a perfect 100% positive feedback rating. According to Jerry, logistics and combining shipments were key to his successful summer.
“I learned right away that you have to be organized and pile up a bunch of shipments if you want to do it right,” said the industrious youth. “I mean, I didn’t have to pay for gas money. I just got hungry a lot.”
Jerry used his Big Wheel – fitted with a towing package and a 14-ft. trailer – for each delivery, and was never gone for more than 8 hours at a time because of the strategic location of his family home, situated near interstates running north to south and east to west. This kept his mom, who owns a downtown business, in the dark until last week.
“I mean, who expects their kid to do something like this,” she asked. “But at least we got a head start on college tuition.”
As of press time, local Child Protective Services were not investigating the case, although Jerry has been fitted with a GPS tracking device his mom monitors in real time.
As for Jerry, this past summer is one he won’t forget.
“I met a of nice people,” he said “There was a bunch of grandmothers at a rest stop that gave me peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and all the chocolate milk I wanted.”
Jerry Wheeler’s incredible story isn’t over, it seems. A cable television company has expressed interest in starting a series featuring him, tentatively titled “KidShip.”
This message is intended as a joke! Of course an eight-year-old wouldn’t be fed peanut butter -n- jelly sandwiches by Grandmothers at a rest stop!