Here in the Philippines, government workers can opt to retire when they reach the age of 60 and a compulsory retirement age at 65. Sadly, some of them are even forced to retire earlier due to health issues and other circumstances.
While there are many workers that when they reach their 50s are starting to feel burned and dream of retiring early, so that they can enjoy more time with their loved ones, there are still some who just don’t want to quit working even if they are beyond the retirement age.
Just like the story of this 68-year-old gasoline attendant at Shell, who is working for more than 47 years now.
Based on the story, the old man who is known as “Tatay Bro” is an employee of TS Cruz station along the Alabang-Zapote road. Although he resigned from his job two years ago, it appears that Tatay Bro misses his job a lot and continues to visit to offer extra services.
Luckily, he was allowed by the said station to continue working there by manning the air pump section and checking the air pressure of vehicles’ wheels. But since he is no longer an employee, the only payment he receives are the tips he gets from the drivers.
Many were touched and amazed that despite his age, Tatay Bro is doing his best to help provide for his family’s needs, while at the same time, doing what he really loves.
One of them is the popular Syrian vlogger Basel Manadil also known as “The Hungry Syrian Wanderer.” He visited the gasoline station where Tatay Bro is working and decided to surprise the old man by giving him 4 thousand pesos tip for checking the air pressure of his four tires.
He wrote: “Binigyan ko sya 1k tip kada gulong na nilagyan nya, laking gulat nya pero ang hindi nya alam may sorpresa ako skanya at sumama pa ako sakanyang simpleng tahanan.
“Salamat sa kompanyang ito at hinayaan magtrabaho si Lolo Bro kahit na umabot na sya sa ganitong edad. Nakakainspire si Lolo Bro dahil sa sipag sa buhay! LODI PETAMALU talaga and mga simpleng tao na mga to ang dapat hinahangaan at tinutularan. “KALABAW LANG ANG TUMATANDA” indeed. Salute ako sa mga kagaya ni Lolo Bro at sa lahat ng mga Gasoline Boy saan man. Mabuhay po kayo!” he added.
Basel even went to the hardworking old man’s house to meet his family and handed them clothes, sacks of rice and other grocery items.