A beloved member of the University of California, Santa Barbara community has gone viral after someone posted a picture of him on Twitter.
According to The Tab, Hijinio Camacho has been making the 30-mile drive to Santa Barbara every day to sell a selection of Mexican treats, including raspados, mangos, and tostilocos. He’s mostly known for his elotes, though, a grilled corn on the cob topped with chili powder and cheese, and is lovingly referred to as Elotero Man or Raspado Guy.
Twitter user @manukmusic posted a picture of Elote Man behind his blue cart, on which was attached a piece of paper with his new Venmo username: @Hijino-Camacho.
That’s right. Elotero Man is now accepting payments via the mobile app owned by PayPal, and it’s attracting attention from all over the country.
Camacho, who’s originally from Puebla, Mexico, has received donations from people from New York to Denver, with supportive messages of congratulations and admiration for his hard work ethic. He’s responded to each message with thanks and appreciation.
According to Remezcla, he’s had his street cart business for the past 20 years.
His wife has her own cart in the same area, and they both start their days at 3 a.m. He also regularly drives to Los Angeles to buy fresh produce from the markets, and doesn’t take any days off because the carts are their only source of income. How much money has been collected in donations is unclear, but he's gotten some side gigs with school organizations hiring him for events.
Since the original photo was posted on March 14, the tweet has been re-tweeted over 15K times.
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