SILVER LAKE – The man who brought sanity to the Trader Joe’s parking lot is back on the job after recovering from a devastating bike crash, according to L.A. Weekly.
Egee Mabolis had been gone since November, when he suffered a broken neck in the accident, leaving him temporarily paralyzed. The 10 months of recovery since then included a stint in intensive care – where he couldn’t feel his arms and legs – and 20 days at Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation center in Downey, relearning how to do simple actions such as putting on socks.
Mabolis told the Weekly that a lot of people from Silver Lake came to his support. A fellow crew member at the store, John Eder, also started a Go Fund Me page that raised more than $30,000 to help with expenses.
In the meantime, Rick Melendez, another fellow crew member and friend, told the Weekly the parking lot suffered in Mabolis’s absence.
“This place is a madhouse without him. Everyone came in asking for him. … Him being here makes a big difference. Just his presence, his energy.”
Rick Melendez, friend and fellow Trader Joe’s crew member
Mabolis started working as the parking lot attendant for Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake shortly after moving here from the Philippines in 2007. An earlier profile by L.A. Weekly two years ago noted that, as of 2014, Mabolis had never owned a car, and didn’t like to drive. He rode his bike everywhere and said there were only 20 cars on Dinagat Island, where he grew up in the Southern Philippines.
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