“Tell me where you’re going, I’m going to sweep.” THE gari Tales Alves, 30, lost count of how many times he was the target of the infamous sung, inspired by the pagoda Broom Dance, from the extinct Grupo Molejo.
Harassment, says the boy, comes from men and women. Mainly on the internet, where he gathers thousands of followers: there are 208 thousand in the Tik Tok and 18,700 on Instagram. The accounts were created just over four months ago. “I don’t mind the singing, as long as the person is respectful. And, in the case of men, I explain that I’m heterosexual”, says the heartthrob.
Intimate with the cameras, Tales does not save faces, mouths and poses in the photos and videos he publishes. The aptitude for flashes has already been noticed by model agencies and beauty contests. The gari is currently part of the Thwa Agency casting and candidate for Mister BH, a competition that rewards the most handsome men in the capital, categorized by profession.
The taste for the profession of street sweeper is the most frequent theme of the mineiro’s posts. “Have proud of my profession, I love that I do it. I would never hide that I am a street sweeper, “says the boy, who works for a third-party company in the Belo Horizonte City Hall. Shifts start at night, around 8:30 pm, and end at 4:30 am.
“Since the beginning of pandemic, I close the office early, shortly after midnight. I work well in the center, collecting the garbage. As the stores were closed for a long time, the volume decreased well, so we have been able to finish the service faster. With the reopening of trade, everything should return to normal soon, “he says.
Tales says that the entry into the selective collection took place two years ago, as a fulfillment of an old wish. Before becoming a street sweeper, he says he worked as a supermarket storekeeper. “I was the one who disposed of the company’s garbage. The joy of the street cleaners who passed by to collect it always caught my attention. So I thought: I’m still going to mess with it. I then looked for an acquaintance who worked at this company where I am today and asked him to At first, he made fun of me, said that I looked playboy. I would reply to him like this: ‘Have you seen a playboy who grows in a supermarket?’. This guy ended up getting me an interview with the directors and I was hired “, he recalls. Even with an athletic build, the heartthrob says it took a while to get used to the pace of selective collection, which requires breath and good physical conditioning. “At the beginning, I was all broken. We run all the time. Until I got used to it, colleagues helped me, gave me a relief. What I like most about this job is this: companionship”, he praises.
To face the heavy routine, the street sweeper says that he started to dedicate himself with more discipline to weight training, a practice he joined more than a decade ago. With the pandemic, the training, previously performed at the gym, was transferred to the backyard.
Father at 17
A resident of the Cabana neighborhood, West Region of BH, Tales has two daughters, 12 and 5 years old. “The youngest moved with her mother to another city. So I see her more on special dates and through video calls. But Júlia, who is the oldest, is very attached to me”, she says. The teenager, according to the street sweeper, is the biggest supporter of her modeling career and digital influencer. Júlia would have created the Tik Tok profile for him. With the success of the videos posted on the network, the heartthrob came to Instagram, accompanied by thousands of followers.
The boy even created a profile in Tinder (online dating app), but says he didn’t like the experience. “I prefer eye to eye.”