Tweet draws thousands of customers for Taquiera Al Torito taco truck in Atascocita, Texas

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Thousands of customers descend on taco truck after owner’s daughter tweeted that he was struggling and only made $6 one day

  • Giselle Aviles tweeted for support after her dad only made $6 on Saturday
  • Twitter users shared the post thousands of times and on Monday there was a line before Taquiera Al Torito in Atascocita, Texas opened up
  • In the past there had been days where he made $20 or $60 dollars but they had to restock multiple times this week
  • At least a hundred people came by when Giselle helped out on a shift 
  • One person had offered to buy out the truck to feed a hospital of people

A tweet from a woman in Humble, Texas helped business pick up for her father’s food truck recently after she revealed he had only earned $6 in one day.

Elias Aviles’ Taquiera Al Torito in Atascocita suffered due to the pandemic, but this week customers were lining up once more after his 21-year-old daughter’s plea on social media.

‘Hey Twitter!! I wouldn’t normally do this, but my dad’s taco truck business is struggling, he only sold $6 today,’ Giselle Aviles wrote Saturday. ‘If you could retweet, I would appreciate you so much!!’

In the past there had been days where he made $20 or $60 dollars but Giselle told CNN she thought, ‘Are you kidding me?’ when she heard about the new low.

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Giselle Aviles wrote Saturday after her dad only made $6 in a day. 'If you could retweet, I would appreciate you so much!!'

Giselle Aviles wrote Saturday after her dad only made $6 in a day. ‘If you could retweet, I would appreciate you so much!!’

Giselle told CNN she thought, 'Are you kidding me?' when she heard about the new low

In the past there had been days where Elias Aviles (right) made $20 or $60

In the past there had been days where Elias Aviles (right) made $20 or $60 but Giselle (left) told CNN she thought, ‘Are you kidding me?’ when she heard about the new low

Elias arrived to find people waiting from 6am for it to open at 8am on Monday. People are pictured Tuesday

Elias arrived to find people waiting from 6am for it to open at 8am on Monday. People are pictured Tuesday

‘At that moment, when he told me $6, I said ‘nothing hurts,’ Giselle told Khou 11.

The tweet garnered comments and 2,000 retweets by Sunday night with one person even offering to buy out the truck to feed a hospital.

The day after Elias arrived to find people waiting from 6am for it to open at 8am.

He had to close an hour earlier than the usual 8pm because they ran out of stock, which was being frequently topped up throughout the day.

Giselle stopped by to help at one point and says there were about 100 customers during her shift.

‘There were so many people, and [my dad] was kind of shocked because he didn’t think there would be a turnaround that quickly,’ Giselle said.

Taquiera Al Torito's tacos

He had to close an hour earlier than the usual 8pm because they ran out of stock, which was being frequently topped up throughout the day

He had to close an hour earlier than the usual 8pm because they ran out of stock, which was being frequently topped up throughout the day

‘It feels amazing because I was just trying to just help him. Just being able to do something that’s going to give him business right now, that’s going to get him known.’

Giselle’s post got 8,000 retweets by Tuesday.

She has made her personal Twitter account private and created Facebook and Instagram accounts filled with images of the food on offer.

Elias started the Mexican street taco truck six years ago after his brick-and-mortar restaurant suffered due to the 2008 financial crisis.

His nieces and nephews help him out.

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, more than 100,000 small businesses have shut down due to the pandemic.

His son told ABC 13: ‘We’re really grateful for the support we’ve been getting and the positive messages.’

‘I thought it was amazing I actually saw it on my social media,’ Karla de Leon told ABC News.

He opened Taquiera Al Torito six years ago after his brick-and-mortar restaurant went down due to the 2008 financial crisis

He opened Taquiera Al Torito six years ago after his brick-and-mortar restaurant went down due to the 2008 financial crisis

His nieces and nephews help him out. His son told ABC 13 : 'We're really grateful for the support we've been getting and the positive messages'

His nieces and nephews help him out. His son told ABC 13 : ‘We’re really grateful for the support we’ve been getting and the positive messages’

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