A Car guard offers a uniquely South African service, and while the job is important, they are often overlooked as people, and we need to change that.
South Africa (22 June 2022) – Car guards are unique; no other country has them. They are a workforce of people who are just trying to get by. Yes, some people have negative views of their work, but on the whole, these men and women are there to help us.
Sadly, many car guards are not seen or are avoided, but they are people who deserve to be seen. “Charity Begins With Me” founder Stephan Ferreira shared a beautiful message about car guards that we thought we would share here as a reminder of the great work these people do.
The Car Guard
I watched him for 20 minutes today.
He walked up and down all the parked cars.
He didn’t slow down once.
He greeted everyone.
Checked in with me a few times.
Probably to make sure I was still okay.
And all the time, he had a smile on his face.
Some people tried to hide from him.
They jumped into cars to avoid eye contact.
Drove off without acknowledgement.
And every time someone left without giving him a tip, I could almost see the disappointment in his eyes.
When people gave him a few coins, his eyes lit up. As if he had a little more bounce in his step.
And not once did he stop to count or even looked at the money.
It went straight into his pocket.
Yes, it is his job.
Yes, he needs the money.
But what matters more to him is just to be seen.
Next time you go shopping, make an effort to see these hard-working men.
Whether you have some extra change or not.
And that is our challenge to you today. See your car guard, offer him a smile and maybe while you are in the shop, buy him a bottle of water, a non-perishable food item or even something warm. A little goes a long way!