There’s a woman in here in St. Pete named Ernestina Nunez who works as a custodian at Dixie Hollins High School. She couldn’t afford a car, so she’d walk about a mile to work every day carrying a bunch of bags.
She would always walk past Spooner’s Tires and Auto, owned by Richard Newberry. And on Friday, he finally went outside to talk to her.
Richard and Ernestina
He found out her story, and it turns out her son is a former Marine who took his own life because of PTSD. She moved to Florida a few weeks ago to try to get a fresh start.
Richard used to be homeless and had been through rough times himself, so he offered to sell Ernestina a used car at a huge discount. First he said he’d only charge her $600, but she couldn’t afford it, so he lowered it to $300. But she still couldn’t do it.
So he just gave her the car.
He streamed the whole thing on Facebook, and the video’s been viewed almost 20,000 times. The shop has also setup a GoFundMe page, to help Ernestina with extra costs.