Cuban-born UPS driver whose reaction to first paycheck went viral says he feels


A UPS driver made headlines after his wife filmed him receiving his first paycheck in the United States. Yoel Garcia told CBS News he was so excited because he could barely fill his refrigerator before he emigrated from Cuba.

“Water, water, water, five, ten eggs, water”

Now he lives in Phoenix, Arizona and his fridge is full. As his vacation approaches, he told CBS News that he is “grateful” to be in the United States.

“I know it’s difficult,” he said. “Because you need a job, I know. put it in.”

The adorable video of him showing off his first paycheck has millions of views. The “American Dream” moment It resonates with both Americans and immigrants.His wife, Marissa Garcia, documenting his journey Social media, I recorded a video.

“This is my first hourly wage and I feel like every hour is worth it,” he says in the video. “In my life, I know that working hour by hour is important and that I can work hard for something. I can’t compare that feeling to anything. Because.”

He told CBS News it was a moment he will never forget.

“When I first got this, my head exploded and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s beautiful,'” he said.

Before coming to the US in 2021, Garcia was a computer science teacher in Cuba earning $12 a month. He lamented how far ahead the United States is in this area.

Garcia met his Cuban-American wife at a young age while still living in Cuba. She often told him about realities outside of Cuba, which she believed were suppressed by the Communist Party.They finally got married and were faced with a decision: stay or go to the US

“We want a future, we want a family… wherever you go, I’ll go,” Garcia told his wife.

He came to the US on a K-1 visa, received a work permit, and applied to UPS. The company told CBS News he has been making deliveries since he started in late October.

of CEO of UPS I even sent him a letter and a care box.

A UPS spokesperson said in a statement, “This story is truly heartwarming and we are delighted to welcome Yoel to the team.

Garcia earns more than ever in Cuba, but it’s more than that for him.

“Thanks to my hard work and sweat, I’ve never had so much money. Why millions of people in my country and other countries can’t get it It hurts,” he said.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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