Down at the beachfront on Saturday afternoon, and my brother locks his keys in his car. A major inconvenience? Cause for swearing and a hefty locksmith bill? Not at all. This is Africa, after all, and there was no reason to worry or even make a single phonecall.
My bro casually sauntered up to the carguard, and explained the situation in less than a sentence. With a broad grin and a skip in his step, the carguard darted behind a tree and fetched his jimmy.
One minute later the door was open. We thanked and tipped the grateful man, and moved on.
On the one hand he saved us at least an hour trying to either locate a spare key or break in ourselves. But on the other hand, one has to ask the question: what the fuck is the guy doing with such a device in the first place?
This carguard seemed to take no offense when we simply ASSUMED that he had the ability and tools to break into vehicles. It didn't seem to bother him that we just immediately took him for someone with criminal abilities.
For example: I would be pretty dumbstruck if someone assumed I was capable of electronic criminal acts simply because I work in IT. "Oh capdog, I forgot my Internet banking password, please hack into the ABSA server and get it back for me? There's a good lad. I'll pop you a five-buck tip." If someone said that to me, I wouldn't know whether to laugh or be highly offended.
But this guy did not really see any shame in what he did. Perhaps he keeps that jimmy around just as a service to offer to people, kinda on-the-side-like. And maybe he only uses his powers for good. I sure would like to think that.
Because the alternative, however horrible it is to speak of, is that we are at the complete and inescapable mercy of the crime syndicates, and that we come into contact with these people on a daily basis but just go on with our lives, unaware we are being sized up, targeted, assessed for the next big heist.
I think in future we will get the spare key, rather than give these guys any practice. At least then I can continue living in my happy friendly perfect-world little bubble.