Fundraiser held for the guardian of the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s parking lot

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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, who was featured in the L.A. Weekly in 2014, was participating in The Ride With No Name on Nov. 20 when the accident took place, according to Biking in LA.

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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  1. Trader joes is a multi billion dollar corporation, are they helping out?

  2. Egee is such a good guy. So horrible that this happened. He isn’t actually a Trader Joe’s employee. He’s technically hired as a security guard and works for a different company. They subcontract the parking lot security jobs out…

  3. Its nice to know someone is helping out in that nightmare parking situation. The problem is it continues to spill out into Hyperion ave when idiots block the intersection. seems that wonderful celebrated traffic light doesn’t solve this problem. anyway hope the guy gets better. And it would be nice if Trader Joes would help out considering all the money they make with their pricey items.

  4. Stop blaming Trader Joe’s for what happened to this poor man. He was not working when it happened, and he is not their employee. I am so sick of people saying what a company, or someone else with any kind of money, should do. Perhaps they will do something, you do not know, but they have no obligation whatsoever.

  5. Thanks for this article, eastsiderla. It has made a lot more people aware of Egee’s situation which means that a lot of them will want to help.

  6. Egee is a great guy. He is the best at getting cars in and out of the parking lot safely. And, that is not easy. He is the best and the nicest guy. His employer should be providing him health insurance.

  7. No one is blaming trader joes only asking an entity with far more resources than most to help a person employed by a contractor to aid their business, which is frankly more logical than asking strangers or those spending money at tj’s to help with costs. All round an unfortunate and sad situation for Egee.

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