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The Crossroads Travel Industry Employee of the Century award goes to Jerzy Chichaky, a Polish motorcoach driver who apparently doesn't know the meaning of the word "quit."

Our hero was driving a Polish soccer club along a roadway near Barcelona, Spain, when his bus blew a piston. The tour operator sent a second coach to pick up the 55 team members, but Chichaky was left to wait for the part needed to fix the vehicle.

He waited for 18 days. For 18 days this guy camped out, guarding his bus, living on a local baker's daily offerings of bread and buns. Relief showed up on Friday in the form of a colleague bearing the missing part.

The fact that Chichaky does not speak Spanish or any language other than Polish may have curtailed his options somewhat in this situation. But still, you've got to admire a guy who will sleep rough for nearly three weeks just to wait for a spare part to fix a 10-year-old tour bus.

At least, I think you've got to admire him.

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