Thousands Answer Texas Daughter’s Plea To Help Dad’s Taco Truck
One daughter in the Lone Star State asked people to go support her father's taco truck after he made only $6 on a Saturday. And thousands responded. Elias Aviles owns Taqueria Al Torito in Humble, Texas and the food truck has been struggling since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
His daughter Giselle Aviles says she would call her father daily to catch up and see how much he made that day in sales. Since the pandemic hit, Giselle told CNN she's seen her father's profit be $60 or $40 a day, but Saturday's profit was a new low.
Elias only made $6 and Giselle felt she had to try and do something to help. Giselle decided to reach out into the Twitterverse and make a public plea for help.
"Hey Twitter!! I wouldn't normally do this, but my dad's taco truck business is struggling, he only sold $6 today. If you could retweet, I would appreciate you so much!!"
Giselle sent out the tweet on Saturday and by Sunday it had received over 2,000 retweets. She told her father to prepare for a sizable increase in foot traffic the next day.
Elias didn't understand how Twitter or social media worked but headed to his truck that Monday optimistic for the day's sales.
When he arrived at 8 a.m., there was already a line of people waiting to grab some grub, with some waiting since 6 a.m. The taco truck had to shut down twice, once to restock their food and another time due to being sold out.
Giselle also came down to help her dad with all the sales he had that day and says her father was grateful for the amazing response from the community. Since then, Giselle has started an Instagram page for her father's taco truck and says the sales have continued to be great this week.