Tacos served at Elias Aviles' taco truck, Taqueria El Torito.
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Her father’s meals truck made simply $6 in at some point — so she made a plea on Twitter to assist him get extra prospects

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“I would not usually do that, however my dad’s taco truck enterprise is struggling, he solely bought $6 at present,” Giselle Aviles, 21, wrote in a tweet on Saturday about her father’s taco truck, Taqueria El Torito.

The concept got here to her after a dialog along with her dad Elias Aviles, who has operated his meals truck in Humble, Texas — about 20 miles exterior of Houston — for the previous six years.

When the pandemic hit, the meals truck’s gross sales started to plummet, Aviles mentioned. As a result of the 2 have an in depth father-daughter relationship, Aviles would usually ask him about his gross sales for the day. He generally would earn $60, $40 or $20 in a day. However this time, he informed her he had made as little as $6 final Saturday.

“When he mentioned $6, it was type of like are you kidding me?” Aviles informed CNN. “So, I simply mentioned nicely now we have nothing to lose and I made a decision to make the tweet that day.”

Like Aviles’ father, many small enterprise house owners all through the nation proceed to battle by way of the pandemic. Based on the Nationwide Bureau of Financial Analysis, greater than 100,000 small companies haven’t survived — and that quantity is on the rise.

However Aviles’ social media plea labored — by Sunday evening, the submit had garnered round 2,000 retweets. She informed her father that he ought to begin to put together for a lot of new prospects when the truck opened the following day. Her father did not perceive social media, so he did not know what to anticipate, she mentioned.

When he arrived at his meals truck at eight a.m. on Monday, a line of shoppers already awaited him– some who had been ready as early as 6 a.m., Aviles mentioned.

Tacos served at Elias Aviles' taco truck, Taqueria El Torito.

Enterprise was so busy the meals truck needed to shut down twice — as soon as to restock and once more after they had been fully bought out. He even recruited his daughter to assist with the orders.

Aviles estimates that greater than 100 prospects got here by way of on Monday throughout her shift.

She mentioned she appreciates the help for her dad’s enterprise and has since made an Instagram web page for extra prospects to seek out his truck.

On Tuesday, the meals truck had already seen one other busy day of shoppers.