The African man

car keys

I feel like blogging about this coz it doesn’t happen very often (or at all) in KL. I was supposed to meet Michelle at Coffee Bean, bsc and I parked my car near the lift. Usually I instantly put my car keys in my pocket but I called her instead to see where she was since she arrived before me.

Thus, the keys were still in my hand and I put it on the table when I saw her.

We adjourned to Dome to meet someone and then sat at near the water feature in the central concourse to discuss several matters. Out of a sudden, this African man in a suit came up to me. I thought he wanted to sell me something until he asked me whether I had my car keys with me.

I checked my pockets and FML I really did leave my car keys behind!

(and didn’t even notice it)

Now, the time when I arrived to the time at the water feature was about 2 hours. The man searched for me for two hours while his daughter waited at Coffee Bean.

I’m pretty sure he’s not Malaysian but we can learn a thing or two from this man.

Thanks man, for your act of kindness. It’s very rare in this city. We sure could use more people like you. πŸ™‚

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53 thoughts on “The African man”

  1. Ming Na: Indeed! I would have to search high and low if that man didn’t take the time to find me. Very nice man. πŸ™‚

  2. Michelle Chin: Yeah, that’s the thing about stereotypes. It doesn’t apply to everyone. Heh!
    I’m terrible in math and I’m Chinese so I’m supposed to be good it in. πŸ˜‰

  3. lol, i think the whole malaysian including prime minister wont spend 2 hours searching for a stranger. 120 minutes for somebody i dunno, sound silly to me but very nice of him. One thing for sure tho, ure damn lucky wei..

  4. Not a fan of you. Don’t even read your blog often. But today I decided to read your blog and I’m glad I did.
    Thumbs up to the african man.

  5. yup, never stereotype people…
    i once dropped my car remote control, it came off my brunch of keys – i did felt a noise behind me, but it didn’t occur to me that it was something of mine that fell off….
    suddenly, a voice bloomed behind: “excuse me Sir, you dropped something” I was actually startled, there stands a African man telling that….

  6. Sorry, I dont get it. Why did the African guy ask you whether you had yr car keys? How does he know you dont hv your keys?

  7. Yeah,I know all about stereotyping. Been mistaken for an Ah Long for the longest time coz I habitually wear my hair crew-cut short,wear a pouch stuffed with 10 to 15k coz I’m a regular your favorite hill resort and carries battle-scars,remnants of my youthful follies,on my face like medals of honour. In short,I look like your quintessential Ah Long with my stout muscular frame and all. But I kind of enjoy the caution folks accord to me bcoz of my ‘menacing’ look. Btw,I’ve never been mugged before in my life. ;D

  8. yea, agree with Magnolia, why did he ask whether u lost the key at the first place? how did he know u had lost ur key? weird….

  9. yea, agree with Magnolia, why did he ask whether u lost the key at the first place? how did he know u had lost ur key? weird….

  10. yea, agree with Magnolia, how did he know u r the one who lost the car key? and at the end, did u found the key? from where?

  11. Jeff: Haha! Yes, I remember having dinner with a guy who looked exactly like you too. πŸ˜‰
    Daniel Wong: Yup, kudos to the African man! πŸ™‚
    imantulen: Indeed! Stereotypes are a killer, gives preconceived notions. Totally agree, bro. πŸ™‚
    aud: Yeah! I’m glad this happened. Chicken soup for the soul indeed. There are good people in this world. πŸ™‚
    Magnolia: He was also at Coffee Bean when I was there, and I think he saw us left and me not taking my car keys from the table. πŸ™‚
    nogumshield: Heh! Thanks for sharing! Yeah, that’s a good thing, people don’t mess around with you if you look like that. πŸ™‚
    imantulen: Yeah, and also coz he was at Coffee Bean when we were there. πŸ™‚
    ahpunk: The man was at CB with his daughter when we were there. Guess he saw me leave without picking up my car keys from the table. πŸ™‚
    Yup, he gave me back the key, he had passed it to the staff, was about to leave when he saw me.

  12. What a man of great virtue. Something similar happened to me few weeks ago. It was a foreign cleaner who searched for me and returned my valuables. Education level and skin color can’t determine a person’s character…hv a gd day )

  13. victer: Indeed! One shouldn’t judge, I can imagine other people just taking it and getting the GPS and other stuff from my car if they knew where it was parked. πŸ™‚
    KY: Haha! Or maybe the 411 scam is more profitable than the measly contents of my car. πŸ™‚
    ciki: I wanted to and to take a photo of him too, but we were both in such a rush. πŸ™
    rocket: I don’t know what it’s called but it’s a security thing. If the alarm goes off or the car can’t start due to engine lock from setting off the alarm, I stick that thing into a port and the car will start/alarm will be turned off. πŸ™‚
    Charles: Indeed bro! πŸ™‚

  14. ahpunk: Nope, we were at the water feature and the man came up to us coz he was there at Coffee Bean when we were there and found us. πŸ™‚
    michellezyenn: Ya, I did! That’s why I wanted to take a photo actually. !hi
    But my (er…sorry I mean YOUR, will return it sooon T_T remind me) SD card also full already and we were in such a rush. :S
    Yvonne Foong: I left the key on the table when we went to Dome and the guy was there at that time. πŸ™‚
    He saw me leave without taking my keys.

  15. e: Haha! Well, the 411 scams originated from Nigeria, thus the name, and there are a whole lot of pirates in Somalia but that doesn’t sum up Africans as a whole lot. πŸ™‚

  16. Wow, this certainly is a very inspiring entry. Thanks for sharing, and I am sure this will open many eyes out there who share the same false generalization on Africans, that they do not bring anything beneficial to our society. Our mindset must change.
    This act of kindness is not rare. I personally have known a few good Africans, and one of them was my housemate (for two years). I guess people are scared of the unknown.

  17. we are all pretty much the same color on the inside. red. we bleed. the out side is just the peel. you have tought me much hb. all is well, or as good as it is gonna get, and that is pretty damn good. it is highley unlikely I will ever climb a great mountain, nor swim a great depth. but I can, make others wellcome in my home. it is not much. no glitzy stuff. others feel at ease. wont say at home, cause its a three ring circus. when it does get quiet… time to reflect… and read, and study… and by the end of the day I am borred to death. I think thats the way all over the world… but i aint complaining.. done both. God blesss HB. and if this sounds morbid… its not. ya never know… but thanks…

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