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December 27, 2018
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Restaurant Employee Gets Car Stolen, Coworkers Buy Him A New One

A restaurant dishwasher had saved up for months to buy a carfor his family then it was stolen. So his co-workers knew they had to dosomething.

Lafayette, Louisiana — LAFAYETTE, LA -- Chris Muffoletto, general manager atRuffino’s on the River, has a lot to smile about this week.

But it has nothing to do with food.

Last week, one of his employees, dishwasher Kea Senegal, had his car stolen– and immediately, the Ruffino’s team knew they had to help.

“He had saved up for months to buy a car for his family,” Muffoletto says. “Hehas a wife and two children – a 4-year-old and a 4-month-old – and when we found out what happened, we didn’t feel like we could let it go.”

Last week, the team held a meeting, where Muffoletto asked staff if they would be willing to pitch in to help get Senegal a replacement vehicle.

“Everyone was 100 percent onboard,”Muffoletto says. “It took three days to raise $2,500. Then, the people at Don’sWholesale found out what we were doing and matched the funds. Their generosity was instrumental in this – they should get as much credit as anyone.”

On Wednesday, Muffoletto and the Ruffino’s team surprised Senegal with a 2015 Chevy Malibu – and his reaction was priceless.


Watch coworkers respond to employee's car being stolen Lots of offices say they’re like family, but what this team did for a coworker really proves how much they love each other.

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