Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
KUTV Viewer Anonymously Helps Ripped Off Teacher
By Michelle Poe and Matt Gephardt
(KUTV) Layton Christian Academy teacher Natalie Six was speechless after Get Gephardt handed her $1000 in 10, $100 bills. The cash came donated from a KUTV viewer who asked to remain anonymous. For Six, the money represents a refund of a deposit that she paid to a custom clothing maker.
“I'm totally touched,” Six said. “I'm very blessed.”
As Get Gephardt first reported in December, Six is leading a trip of 74 students to Italy this March. Last June, Six paid a deposit of $1000 to Image Wear Utah to create custom clothes for the trip. It is money that Six raised out of her own pocket by selling cookies.
A few days after making the deposit, Six received a sample shirt sweatshirt. Months later, that sweat-shirt is all she has ever received.
“This is my precious thousand dollar hoodie,” Six said as she modeled the garment.
Six is not alone in her frustration with Image Wear Utah. Company owner Brett Delbridge was arrested in September. Davis County prosecutors charge him with a pattern of unlawful activity and ten counts of communications fraud for similarly taking money and not fulfilling orders.
Image Wear Utah is registered to a home in Layton. After several unreturned phone calls, Get Gephardt stopped by the business and found Brett Delbridge's mother, Carol Delbridge, to whom the business is officially registered with the state. Carol Delbridge said she did not know where her son could be found. She defended him, saying he is no crook and alleges that the charges were drummed up.
"What we have is a detective that has a personal vendetta,” she said. “He calls all of Brett's clients [and says] ‘oh don't take any money from him.’"
Brett Delbridge is scheduled to be in court next week.
After the original story was reported, Get Gephardt received several phone calls and emails from people saying they are outraged that a teacher was ripped off like this. Some people said they wanted to help and one person walked right into KUTV and handed Get Gephardt $1000, cash, to cover Six’s deposit.
“I’m totally speechless,” Six said after receiving the money. “I cannot believe it. I cannot believe someone would do this, someone who I assume doesn't even know us.
Shelly Burt was also touched by Six's plight. Burt owns Perfection Design and Advertising based in Logan, Utah and is now making all the clothing for the students free of charge.
“We're going to make sure they get done and get handed out to the students on time so we can have a nice safe vacation trip,” she said.
Six wants to assure the anonymous person who donated the money that it will not go to waste.
"We'll put this money towards something special for the students while we're in Italy," she said.
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