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Stranger donates vehicle to Bountiful businessman

Published: Thursday, Aug. 21 2014 3:05 p.m. MDT

Updated: Friday, Aug. 22 2014 6:49 a.m. MDT

Jared Auger hugs Richard Uhl. Auger runs a one-man company. He used to carry his ladder down the street and knock on people's homes to see if they wanted him to remove an old satellite dish. Now he can drive down the street, thanks to Richard Uhl. The Bountiful resident saw Auger carrying his ladder everywhere and decided to give him a car.

Marc Weaver, Deseret News

BOUNTIFUL — There was a time when people could tell when Jared Auger was coming down the road in Bountiful. They could hear him.

One step at a time, he walked with his head between steps on his ladder balanced on his shoulders.

Auger didn't mind doing the hard work because it meant providing for his family.

"I get to get out here and create my own paycheck," Auger said. "I get to work really hard and provide a service nobody else does."

Auger started his own company, Wasatch Dish and Disposal. It’s a one-man company in which Auger knocks on doors asking homeowners if they want him to take down a satellite dish they no longer need. He then takes the dishes to a recycling facility.

"There are so many people who have one, two, sometimes three dishes on their roof and it's just unsightly,” Auger said. “I get up there, take it down, unscrew the bolts, take out the cables, and then I patch up the hole real nice so you’ll never know there was a dish there.”

But one thing limited Auger to carrying only a couple of dishes back to his Bountiful house at a time. He didn’t have a car. That all changed last week when Auger met Richard Uhl.

Uhl, who lives in Bountiful, was watching Auger work and decided to talk to him.

"He said, ‘I've seen you walking up and down. What are you doing? I see you carrying this ladder and your vest,'" Auger recalled.

Auger told Uhl about his company and how he was doing the work to provide for his family. Uhl was impressed with his work ethic.

"What a nice stranger. Gosh. He’s out there doing everything he could do to support his wife and his child,” Uhl said.

Auger remembers Uhl getting a smile on his face after telling him his story.

"Five minutes later, he comes pulling up in his Prius, and he's like, ‘Come get in,’ and I’m like, 'What?'" Auger said.

Auger got in Uhl’s car, and the two went to Uhl’s house, where Uhl showed the business owner an older Buick LeSabre.

"He's like, ‘Well, do you want it?’ I did like it, especially since I didn’t have a car, but I asked him how much he wanted for it because I don't have a lot going on here. And he's like, ‘No, no, no. If you can use it, you can have it.'"

Just like that, Auger had a car to carry his tools, ladder and satellite dishes.

"He’s working hard, not complaining, and it was pretty obvious. I had a car and I wanted to do something with it. He wasn’t really a stranger anymore since I had just met him," said Uhl with a laugh. "I love this neighborhood. It's full of good things."

Now this Bountiful neighborhood has another good story to go along with its history: a story about a young man trying to make a living and an elderly man who helped him without question.

"It means the world to me. I was in a position with my business where I wasn’t quite there. I knew him for maybe seven minutes and he helped me. It’s amazing. It’s unreal to see there are still people like that left,” Auger said.

He and his wife took Uhl to dinner to thank him. He also promises to keep in touch.

“I’ll drop in to say 'hi' from time to time,” Auger said.

For Uhl, he says Auger was actually doing him a favor.

“Now I don’t have to put a 'for sale' on it and do all those things to sell it,” Uhl said, laughing.

Email: acabrero@deseretnews.com

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