Reid started making ready for a brand new life, taking up management roles and studying new abilities in jail.
“I spotted guys had been leaving and going again to the identical neighborhood, coping with the identical folks, doing the identical factor,” he mentioned. “My plan was to go to a brand new surroundings and meet new folks and do new issues. I armed myself with data.”
This time, he arrived in Alliance with a plan to do one thing completely different. In August, he’ll start culinary college in Cleveland. He hopes to get a meals truck sooner or later and later personal a restaurant.
Within the meantime, although, he mentioned he began his YouTube channel “to indicate guys who come out from jail and must learn to navigate this world, how I did it.”
His hottest video to this point is his first journey to a Walmart. Simply contained in the door, he stops to speak with the greeter. “How do I get to the cereal aisle?” he asks.
On the aisle, whereas his son videotaped him, Reid exclaims, “Dude, take a look at all this cereal!”
He steps as much as the aisle, then steps again as if to get a greater view of the expanse of cabinets. His son begs to purchase his first field of cereal, and Reid picks the heart-shaped Honey Nut Cheerios. Then he asks to see the chip aisle.
“I can purchase a pockets in right here too?” he asks, incredulously, within the video.
What viewers don’t see is the panic assault he had in Walmart, overcome by the sheer magnitude of the place and selections and all of the bustling exercise.
“It was simply overwhelming, all of the exercise. It was simply an excessive amount of,” Reid defined in an interview. “God didn’t give me a spirit of worry. I received dressed and went to Walmart in the midst of the day and stayed till I felt acclimated.”
Viewers find out about among the severe challenges confronted by an individual who’s been stored out of society for years. Reid talks a few man bumping into him at a Chipotle with out saying something.
“I’m skilled to reply in some methods,” he mentioned, referring to how a bump may flip right into a violent altercation in jail. “That accident confirmed me [life outside] goes to be an adjustment,” Reid mentioned, including that he nonetheless harbors some trauma from being attacked in his sleep.
In one other video, he sits exterior his mom’s home one quiet morning, speaking in regards to the peace he feels in that neighborhood.
“A hummingbird flew proper by me and hovered,” he says, fluttering his fingers by one ear. “I used to be afraid to maneuver. I would like this peace.”
Throughout this video, Reid somberly shares he’s “having points. In jail, I used to be very helpful. Out right here, there are one million of me. I’m attempting to regulate. I would like a job. I would like one thing to do.”
In one other video, he says the final time he was employed was 20 years in the past.
“For my earlier residence,” he supposes, “do I put ‘jail?’ I’m combating this. On paper, I seem like a menace. Who desires a violent felon?”
Commenters supply Reid encouragement, urging him to not get discouraged: “On the finish of the day,” one viewer wrote, “you might be sincere whenever you’re on the interview and also you’ve made a superb impression.”
Off the display screen, Reid has the help of family and friends cheering him on.
Donnie Gesaman, a tattoo artist who lives exterior Charleston, South Carolina, served time with Reid, and so they now converse commonly.
“I knew him at his worst and now we’re again in touch, and I see him at his finest,” Gesaman mentioned. “I don’t suppose there’s something he can’t accomplish.”
Reid’s son, Jordan, gave his father a GoPro for his YouTube channel. The 2 had solely seen one another as soon as within the final 20 years.