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A Smile That Changed Things Around

Malaysians have to deal with this a whole guards. With the rising crime rate, most homes, regardless of whether you are living in a landed property, mansion, shed or an apartment, security check points is an absolute necessity.


There is no all good or all bad about this situation that we have found ourselves encapsulated in. The good thing is the obvious one -security. The bad thing is the less obvious one - who the heck are these guys and can we trust them? And these guys are armed too. We are essentially arming strangers who are supposed to know everything about our ins and outs and honestly speaking, most of these foreigners are here (in Malaysia) to make a buck or two to bring home to feed their families.

The difference is that some are here to genuinely work their asses off to make their buck and pack home at the end of the day. But there are those who are here to make a FAST buck. Loads of fast bucks. Very fast.

That, my friends, is what the trouble is all about.

I have to put my two cents worth of thought into this topic - being a security guard isn't the best job in the world. You're bored out of your mind especially at night and during these mind-numbingly boring moments, you either go to sleep (job ethics in question) or conjure up fantasies of having a glass of martini in your hand and you are sitting in front of a very quiet beach. In your arms....Blake Lively.

The kind of job that requires negative percentage of brain activity. You can sometimes hear their brain cells dying. Say....shall we get them to do some puzzles or come up with creative ways on solving the world's problems like world hunger, spreading of HIV, and political stupidity?

Anyway, it's dead boring and people are always scowling at you because visitors don't want to be checked at the security check points. Nobody wants to be treated like a thief if they are not thieves.

I have my own string of encounters with security guards and often find myself indignant about them checking my identity and giving me the up-and-down look. Being able to understand them, I tried something new a couple of days ago.

I smiled at them.

And you know what? I sail through check points! All that was needed was for me to give them a very cheerful wave and ask them to 'REMEMBER THIS FACE, I AM SMILING AND I BET NO ONE ELSE SMILES AT YOU'.

This happened not just at one security guard but at four check points so far. They see me on my way out and I get the feeling that they might even dance for me.

But what if robbers have smiley faces too? Would THEY sail through these check points too?

Image Source: Security guard with gun
Image Credit: LockStockB
Written by: Marsha


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