‘Noble art of car guarding’ not as easy as it seems

2014-12-01 00:00

TWO South Africans who tried to earn a quick dollar by working as car guards in the U.S. during a visit there, soon realised the job is not as easy as the pros in SA make it seem.

Nic Smal and Gareth Allison, who make up the Cape comedy-duo Derick Watts and The Sunday Blues, were on tour in San Diego, California. In a video posted on their YouTube channel, the moustached Smal explains how they aimed to earn a dime doing “one of the most noble jobs known to man, the art of car guarding”.

They donned the only qualification needed for the job — green reflective ­jackets — and offered to guard random people’s cars, starting at the city zoo.

But the Yanks were having none of their cheek, even when they tried explaining this quintessential Seffrican job to the citizens.

“You are not part of the zoo, please leave,” one woman tuned Smal, whose ­tatoos and beanie did not help to inspire confidence when he pointed out there were some shady characters about.

Watts tried to wheedle a dollar saying he needed the money to upgrade his child’s iPhone to a 6, because he was being laughed at in school for having only a 5.

At the end of the video they had not earned a cent and decided to return home, where people understand the noble art.

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