Car guards in a Johannesburg shopping centre have saved the day… after a customer left her windows open during a heavy storm.
Lonehill, Johannesburg – Car theft and break-ins are a reality in South Africa. Unemployment is as well and most believe that the two may correlate but they have also created a job opportunity that is mostly only found in South Africa… car guards.
People from other countries might not understand why you would need someone to watch your car, when your car has all the alarms to look after itself but in South Africa we get it!
And its stories like these that might make you appreciate these everyday-heroes a little more.
Priscilla Michelle – a fashion designer and Lonehill resident – saw car guards in her area helping secure open windows on a shoppers vehicle, during a heavy storm.
The Four car guards used cardboard to try stop rain seeping in.
Michelle took to Facebook to remind South Africans that car guards aren’t always “what we believe”.
“To the person who left their windows open at Lonehill Shopping Centre, I just wanted to share with you how these guys tried to prevent your car getting wet.
People always moan about these guys and say ‘they only around when you leave’ and I say what type of service do you expect for R2 Susan? A red carpet? Be realistic peeps.
They dont take your kids college fund. Spare some change even a R20 once in a while (one less Redbull which is bad for you anyway).
See now they’re saving your life too…”
Check out their final fix below:
The post went viral on social media with many news publications picking up on it until the owner of the car actually saw it and realised who had saved the day!
Lauren Nel-Piggott wrote to Good Things Guy to explain that she was in fact the shopper who had left her windows open.
“THIS IS ME TODAY!!! I am so excited to see this post. Words cannot explain how grateful I am to these amazing car guards who helped me today. Unfortunately I didn’t give them enough money as I only had a small amount of change on me. I will be going back there tomorrow to give them all something. Does anyone know the names of the guys who came to my rescue.”
Nel-Piggot went back the next day and thanked her heroes with a hot meal and some money for their awesome efforts!
“It happened to be one of those crazy mornings where I had a 101 things to do before work. Pouring with rain, I got out of my car at Lonehill shopping centre and instead of pressing the correct button to close the windows I happened to leave my passenger window open without realising it (silly me).
Once I had finished shopping I came out to what seemed like a broken window. The car guards then explained that I had left my window slightly open.
To my four heroes thank you for taking the initiative and going the extra mile to save my car from being flooded, words can’t explain how eternally grateful I am for your kindness.
To Priscilla Michelle thank you for the pics of them doing such a good deed.”
Check out her reunion pic below!