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The security guard
 
There is an old saying that goes, "Never judge a book by its cover". It is a lesson that not many heed since we are all prone to passing judgment on others based on what we see. However, after I came to know of a certain security guard, I now whole-heartedly agree with those who say that a book's cover may not always reveal the book's worth. Sometimes, the truth is very far from what you might see with your eyes.

The security guard in question is an old man, around fifty years of age, who works for a factory down the street. From what I have seen, he appears to have a family of two children and a wife, and they visit him regularly, about three or four nights a week. Their attire is old and shabby, and their meals are always simple. He sleeps for a few hours in the afternoon and always leaves his workplace in the early hours of the day. I was told that he works elsewhere during the day, and comes back to his usual workplace for a short while after lunchtime.

There are places which distribute food to the poor on certain days of the week, and the security guard regularly has his lunches at these places whenever possible. He makes it a habit to bring home some of the food for his dinner. Other days, he can be seen cooking his meals after sunset by a small stove in a small area. An old and rusty bicycle serves as his primary mode of transport, and he can be seen riding it from shop to shop, selling bundles of newspaper for a few cents. At night, he has regular visitors - rough, loudmouthed friends who cause a rumpus, and stay with him until the small hours of the morning. At a glance, he seems like a poor, sad and pitiable man, doing his best to survive despite the odds. I thought so too at first until I found out more from my friend.

It turns out that this security guard is actually a money-lender, and a nasty one at that. He took the job of security guard at this place because many of his debtors work at the factory, and he finds it in his best interest to keep tabs on each of them personally. His debtors pay monthly instalments at the end of each month and this way, they have no chance of escaping, given his position as security guard. As a money-lender, he has adopted the tactics of a loan shark, charging very high interest rates to those who borrow money. The loud and rowdy friends that visit him at night are actually his assistants who go over to deliver updates as well as money. I was also told that the security guard has made many a house wife and children miserable through his horrible ways. Some have even been known to cry and plead on bended knees for more time to repay their debts.

Since then, I have a very different impression of him as one who takes advantage of the misfortunes of others, acting very much like the vultures which feed on the carcasses of dead animals. My sad conclusion of such people is that they are completely despicable and are void of both conscience and morals, and only add to the woes of those already troubled.

     
attire   outfit
     
rumpus   disturbance
     
despicable   wicked
 
 

 

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