SILVER LAKE — Egee Mabolis had one of the toughest jobs in Silver Lake: guarding and directing traffic in the often crazed Trader Joe’s parking lot on Hyperion Avenue. But Mabolis, who was frequently seen wearing a pith helmet while in the middle of the busy lot, has not been at work for more than a week. The native of the Philippines was involved in a bike accident that left him with a broken neck and without feeling in his arms and legs, say acquaintances. Now, friends and Trader Joe’s employees have started an online fundraiser to support the uninsured Mabolis.
“He’s a very beloved dude at the store,” said John Eder, a Trader Joe’s employee who set up a Go Fund Me campaign for Mabolis, who works for a security firm. “He always keeps smiling even though people give him a hard time in the parking lot.”
Mabolis is currently at the L.A. County-USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights, Eder said. The money from the fundraiser will be used to help pay for some of the medical costs and loss of income, according to Go Fund Me site.
When he was interviewed by the L.A. Weekly about his job, Mabolis said he had never owned a car and did not like to drive, preferring to bike around town instead. After stopping a fight between two men outside the store, Mabolis told them: “Calm down. It’s only a parking lot.”
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