Mr Kwek and I headed to the carwash near my parent's home the other day. It was a car wash with a difference.
Upon rolling into the car wash cabin, we were greeted warmly by 6 smiling staff members. I have never seen so many staff members at a car wash before and I have definitely never had so many people smile at me at a carwash before.
The wash begins with a serious washdown by high powered jets of water controlled by an older uncle and the other staff members moving around the car ensuring that every part of our car was washed. This was followed by a good soaping. That's where our hearts were warmed as I saw the staff members help each other, pointing out spots which each other missed, or specks which needed further scrubbing to get rid of grime. Then another washdown by the the jets again and we rolled out of the cabin for drying by 2 other staff members. Our little Colt sure felt thoroughly washed, and highly pampered by the overflow of attention.
If only every carwash gave us such wholehearted service.
What was even more special about this carwash was that it was a joint effort by SPC and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS). So it is staffed by the intellectually disabled.
While the intellectually disabled are often seen as less desired employees in by employers, going through this carwash was incredibly humbling. The joy, pride and effort they put into their work put me to shame. We have much to learn from them.
Mr Kwek and I will head back there again the next time we need a carwash and you should check them out too, especially if you are around the Vivocity area! Details of their address, opening hours and prices are below.
616 Telok Blangah Road
Tel: 6473 1148
Monday to Friday: 9.00am-7.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am-5.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays
Saloon Car: $8.00
MPV/SUV/Mini Van: $9.00
Large Van: $12.00
Taxi (Saloon): $4.00
Taxi (MAXI Cab/MPV): $6.00
Mini Bus: $17.00