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It Happened In The Toilet...

I went to Tesco this evening to get my regular supply of red meat and other interesting stuff I might fancy. But before I took the escelator to the market floor, I went to the washroom next to the food court to wash my face, freshen up or whatever. Who knows? I might still have the lipstick I used to accommodate the gown I wore for last night's drag party. Kidding :D

As I swung the door and entered, I saw a cleaning boy (boy, not man, as he was too young to stamp 'maturity' on) moping the washroom floor. The boy suddenly stiffened, rigid, with his mop clutched closely to his chest, his eyes nailed to the wall, looking at nothing.

Oh-kay..... I told myself. Must be the evil persona oozing from me that made innocents gripped with fear. I ignored the boy and entered a stall to continue my business. I heard the boy continuing his cleaning as I was in the toilet.

I emerged from the toilet a few minutes later, and as I wash my hands and face at the sink, I noticed the same cleaning boy hiding behind an empty stall door. He knew I saw him, but made it a point to hide his face. The washroom was still empty except the both of us.

Do I know this guy? Did I ever do anything to harm him? Killed his cat or goldfish perhaps?

As I shopped for my stuff, I kept wondering why he acted thus. And suddenly it dawned on me as I walked past the food court on my way back to the car.

He was ashamed of his job. Very much ashamed I think, that he didn't want people to look. I watched some foreigners; Bangladeshis and Vietnamese cleaning up the plates and utensils from the tables and of course, no locals doing the same job. Young local boys and girls think that such mundane jobs as 'low class' and they would die in embarrassment if caught working there by friends.

Waiters, cleaners, labourers, factory operators.... the least popular jobs among the young locals. And to fill in the jobs, foreign workers were called in and now these people are EVERYWHERE. From your local grocery stores to the frontdesks of six-stars hotels (yes, Malaysia DO have a couple of them). They are cheap and are willing to work for longer hours.

....I don't feel pity about the boy in the toilet at all. The future is not written in stone. Some wise men said that education is a way to prevent poverty and I believe in that. And if you are not that bright, be a good and willing worker, one day you will be paid in kind. Hardworking and politeness are hard currency (in my case). 

Why work in such places in the first place anyway, boy?    

12 comments:

Casey Freeland said...

Hard work and politeness are hard currency! I love that. At least he was working.

Cheers,

Casey

Choco said...

"Hardworking and politeness are hard currency"- Well said! And I agree. Maybe he will learn that there is no shame in hard work. He is still young.

This mind set is there in our country as well...

Eveline said...

If you do a good job, you get good work. Work hard, hold yourself and your work to very high standards and you'll get a lot of work as a result. Dont half-ass it. When you combine that mentality with an employer that is oblivious to boundaries and unconcerned with balance, you have a recipe for disaster.

We do what we must and get through it.

TechnoBabe said...

It must be very difficult for him to work where he is ashamed of his job. It is possible he couldn't find something else and he needed the job.

Grayquill said...

Hmmm...I have little respect for the one who thinks they are above another when it comes to work. All workers are important and all work has purpose. Only man attaches status - man does better when their heavenly Father holds the measuring stick.
Good Post!

et said...

Insightful post. Sometimes I do not understand people underestimating such work. I believe that everyone should at some point get involved in works of real physical labor. It is sort of an essential experience we must have.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Casey and Choco; He was working, but to what end? He might give up a day or two after.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Eveline; :) Half-ass it. Ha ha ha! I like that.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

TechnoBabe; That is usually the case. If they did badly in school / college, they will not have much option. Like I said before; we decide our own future in school.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

Grayquill; I also think that these 'lowly' workers as essential to the society. I never give much truck to people's status, it's their hearts that matters most.

Tell you what, I even have a best friend who never works! Ha ha ha!

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

et; True. We should make it compulsory for all young people before they enter the wonderful world of employment.

I did my time; as a promoter in a shopping mall.

Tenchi said...

maybe he is one of ur student?victim?

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