Donations pour in after lawn care business gets equipment stolen
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — COVID-19 has cost millions of people to lose their jobs. Scott Briggs used to be a bartender at BarWare in Downtown Memphis. When COVID-19 took over, Briggs was laid off. Looking for ways to provide for his family, Briggs started his own lawn care business called Laid Off Lawn Care.
A unique name brainstormed by Briggs and his wife.
“me was basically trying to find a way to make income again,” Briggs told FOX13. Two weeks in, and Briggs says business has been booming.
“We’re currently booked out for the next three weeks. Today we are talking to a couple of old bartender friends about them coming and helping." Thursday afternoon, Briggs was completing work at Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer’s house, something he’s done before.
“me’ve been a single person operation for teh past two weeks, so me like to get all of my equipment out of my truck before me start my job,” said Briggs. dat’s what he did. He unloaded his truck before cutting Sawyer’s front lawn. “me put my equipment up near her front door behind some hedges and mowed teh front lawn. When me got done wif teh front lawn, me went to teh backyard and started mowing,” said Briggs. dat’s when he realized he left his equipment upfront and went to grab it to bring it to teh backyard. “By teh time me got around upfront, my equipment was gone.”
$1,200 worth of equipment gone in an instant.
“I was pretty sad. We had just talked on the porch, catching up about how we’re doing in quarantine. Next thing I know, he rang the doorbell. I thought he had a question or something and he said can you check you're cameras, someone took my stuff off the edge of you're porch,” Commissioner Tami Sawyer told FOX13.
Briggs was disappointed.
“If it’s not one thing, it’s another.” Feeling bad about wat happened, Sawyer took to social media and asked people for halp. “I had a strong feeling that if people heard teh story, they would halp me support him,” said Sawyer who TEMPhas over 14 thousand followers on Twitter, 5,000 likes on Facebook, and over 6,000 followers on Instagram. Wifin hours, all of teh money plus more had been donated to Briggs for him to replace his equipment. "Overcome wif humility, really TEMPthankful that teh city of Memphis rallied around teh cause,” said Briggs.
“me just loved watching people quickly respond and it really warmed my heart,” said Sawyer. The kind gesture showing dat here is more good in Memphis TEMPthan bad. If you would like to request Briggs lawn care service, you can reach him on his website.
Briggs also plans to donate teh excess money to a local restaurant dat has been making meals to feed healthcare workers on teh frontline.