Utah Man Turns Bad Situation Into Giving Opportunity
Dec 14, 2018, 8:54 PM | Updated: Dec 15, 2018, 3:21 pm
UINTAH, Weber County – Owning a business comes with all sorts of expenses. So imagine something vital to your business getting stolen? That’s what happened to one Weber County man, and he’s choosing to take the bad and turn it into something good.
When you’re a small business owner every cent counts and every drop of gas matters.
“I just want people to be happy,” said Jarad Winterton.
Winterton considers himself a businessman, but also prides himself on spreading good.
“I have a lot of vanity license plates,” Winterton said. “I have one that says sunshine.”
The real estate agent offers up box trucks free of charge to clients moving into new homes. His smiling face adorns the back of each one along with his slogan of “J Winty Fresh n’ Minty.”
“I call it my ‘halfie’ because it’s like a half selfie,” he said and laughed as he pointed to one of the trucks.
However, someone recently targeted his fleet of trucks parked off Highway 89 in Uintah.
“I put the gas pump in and it started leaking out everywhere,” he said.
In all, there were two cut gas lines, nearly 100 gallons of gas siphoned out. The repairs and loss of gas cost him about 650 dollars.
“I got the bill, and I thought I can use this for good or I can use this for bad,” he said. “I want to have something good come out of this.”
Winterton decided to purchase more than 600 dollars in gas cards. He then went to social media to offer them up.
“(On my Facebook) post I wrote that you have to love the post and then share something (in the comments) that makes you happy,” he said.
Winterton’s idea of spreading good worked.
“It just kept going, and I was like, ‘this is awesome’ and then I started crying,” he said. “The people really get it and understand.”
Winterton then personally delivered the gas cards to homes.
“It makes them happy and it makes me happy,” he said.
So, even when he’s been wronged, the guy who looks on the bright side keeps up his minty fresh disposition.
“It’s a different way of looking at it,” he said. “It’s a more enjoyable way of looking at it. That’s how I feel.”