Spreading Cheer

With an often crazy hat, a warm smile and welcome greeting, this Salt Laker spreads positivity daily from the Avenues Smith’s self-checkout aisle.

Ted Rausch poses for a portrait in Salt Lake City on Oct. 20. For 31 years, Rausch has been spreading positive energy at the self checkout aisle at the Smith’s grocery store in the Avenues.
Ted Rausch poses for a portrait in Salt Lake City on Oct. 20. For 31 years, Rausch has been spreading positive energy at the self checkout aisle at the Smith’s grocery store in the Avenues. (Megan Nielsen, Deseret News)

Ask anyone who shops at the Smith’s grocery store in the Avenues and they’ll tell you the man everyone simply calls “Ted” just might be the most positive person they’ve ever met.

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