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Restaurant Owner Sells Ford Mustang To Raise Funds For Furloughed Workers

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all of us, some more than others. Small businesses in particular have suffered more than most, with some struggling to stay afloat and others simply choosing to shut their doors temporarily or even permanently. Vittles Restaurant in Smyrna, Georgia unfortunately fell into the latter category, as owner Charity Salyers was initially forced to transition to take-out orders. But when that failed to keep the restaurant afloat, Salyers reluctantly closed the doors to the eatery temporarily. But instead of leaving her employees paycheck-less and loyal customers out in the cold, Salyers sold her beloved Ford Mustang to help them.

As reported by The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionSalyers raised a total of $11,000 from the sale of her beloved 2016 Ford Mustang GT. We must observe that $11,000 seems a bit low for a 2016 Mustang GT, so it’s possible that the model year was mis-represented in the original report.

In any event, the $11,000 generated from the sale was split up a number of ways, with Salyers dedicating some of the proceeds to pay the rent for Vittles for two months, while the remaining cash went directly to her eight employees. What makes this incredibly generous move even more impressive is the fact that Salyers doesn’t own another vehicle. After giving up her Mustang, two of Salyers’ employees are giving her rides to and from the restaurant.

“At that time, I just had to make a rash decision, and that was the only thing I could do to make enough money to carry myself forward for a few months and stay open,” Salyers explained to AJC. “I figured two months would give us enough time for these [COVID-19 case] numbers to go down…and be able to reopen.”

Vittles, like many other eateries, transitioned to take-out only back on March 20th. But sales plunged from around $3,500 a day to just $300, which made it impossible to pay employees and keep the lights on. After loyal customers begged Salyers to reopen, she did just that two weeks ago, but her cash flow was still in the red, and selling her Ford Mustang was the difficult but necessary answer. Even still, the extremely generous restaurant owner has been providing meals to seniors on a fixed income and families in need, free of charge.

Georgia governor Brian Kemp announced on Monday that the state’s restaurants would be allowed to reopen for dine-in service, but Salyers hasn’t yet decided whether or not that’s in the best interest of her, her employees, and her customers. Judging by her selfless past decisions, we’re certain that Salyers will ultimately make the right call.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Isabella

    It’s not an ’06 because it’s a 5.0, look at the picture in the article…It’s probably a 2010.
    God bless her, from reading the article in their newspaper it seems to surprise no one that she would do this.
    Praying things will start to responsibly open up soon, we can’t keep going like this.

  2. John

    I sure hope that Ford Headquarters has been informed of this situation. It sure would be nice if a dealership or Mother Ford would replace her Mustang. They would probably have a Ford customer for life in doing so. May the restaurant be profitable in the future.

  3. Roy Chiles

    The Mustang GT where 4.6 1996-2010, Which the article states it as being ,the last 5.0 was 1995, the return of the 5.0 was 2011. The pic shown is a 2018- 2020 model, God Bless her in any case if the Government had taken care of small business 1st instead of given Ruth Chris 20Million dollars this wouldn’t have happened. The Government should give her the money she needed & buy her a new Mustang hopefully Ford will step in & help by gifting her a new Pony as a act of kindness

  4. Mike

    It’s also possible she needed to payoff the balance of a loan ….. leaving a balance of $11,000 cash in hand ? Either way it’s an amazing jester

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