Car Rental Worker Goes Extra Mile for Mom of Twins

Babies' mom wants everyone to #BeAJohn like John Goodlett
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 20, 2016 8:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Coty Vincent's car was smashed last week after a hit-and-run accident, so she lugged her twin boys to a rental car company, CNN reports. But the Oklahoma mom didn't find only a vehicle at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Tulsa: She also found a young man she says is "one of the most compassionate and caring people I've ever met," per her Facebook post. She tells Today that the car company sent 25-year-old employee John Goodlett to her home to pick up her and the 11-month-old babies and bring them to the office. She didn't have a double stroller, so she asked Goodlett to carry one of her sons in—and once inside, Vincent figured he'd hand the baby back to her and "let me fend for myself." Instead, he held onto his young charge and started working on her order on the computer. Vincent was so touched that she took a photo of him holding the baby and posted it online, where the image quickly went viral (it's got more than 25,000 shares on her Facebook page).

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There's a reason Goodlett may have felt a special kinship with the little ones: He has a twin sister. "Just like any sibling, one moment we got each other's back, one moment we're yelling at each other's throats," he tells Today. "But … it's a natural love." Vincent, meanwhile, has started a #BeAJohn hashtag, noting, "This world would be a better place if we all would just be a John." Enterprise is doing its part: After getting wind of Goodlett's interaction with Vincent, it bought the mom a double stroller and made a donation to the Boys & Girls Club where Goodlett spent time when he was a kid (he turned down a gift card for himself). "I'm still blown away," he tells Today. "It's kind of shocking to see the world took it as such a big motion. I hope it helps get the message out that this is the way people are supposed to treat each other every day." (This mom has her hands full.)

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