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Hargreaves wants to ban bastard window washers

By Kerces - 28 September 2006 52

Municipal services minister John Hargreaves is preparing a cabinet submission banning roadside window washers, NowUC reports.

He said that although the ACT Government is tolerant of these window washers, he personally does not hold the same view. “The language that I portray to them leaves them in no doubt about whether I want my windscreen washed, but does often cast doubts on the marital status of their parents,” he said.

Canberra is one of the few places in the country where it isn’t illegal to seek money for washing windows on the side of the road.

Ian, who works at the Dickson intersection, told NowUC that they often get approached by police for help looking out for stolen cars and missing children and animals. Mr Hargreaves agreed that the window washing jobs are useful for keeping people out of trouble, apparently arguing against his want to ban them. “What would you prefer: to put up with somebody slopping dirty water on your windscreen or robbing your house so they can pinch your DVD?” he said.

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Hargreaves wants to ban bastard window washers
terubo 2:28 pm 28 Sep 06

No, the Prats Party will do…

Absent Diane 2:15 pm 28 Sep 06

i think pratt and hargreaves should form their own party.

Prattgreaves???

terubo 1:49 pm 28 Sep 06

If it is true that Hargreaves publicly equates window washers with crims, then he is a disgrace. Ditto for questioning their parentage.
The arrogant old sh*t should never have been reinstated after his drink driving offence; time to go, John!

DT 1:39 pm 28 Sep 06

Let’s ban the bloody chuggers in City Walk first – far more of a pest than these guys.

Mr_Shab 1:31 pm 28 Sep 06

He seems awfully fired up about a very small issue.

Leave the poor buggers alone. I’m happy to give them some change to wash my windscreen. Good on their little entreprenereal pluck, I say.

simto 1:28 pm 28 Sep 06

Has Hargreaves been on the turps again?

Pandy 1:25 pm 28 Sep 06

I applaud the decision on OH&S grounds.

bonfire 1:15 pm 28 Sep 06

i think pratt and hargreaves should form their own party.

Binker 1:14 pm 28 Sep 06

“What would you prefer: to put up with somebody slopping dirty water on your windscreen or robbing your house so they can pinch your DVD?”

Is neither one of the options?

FC 1:11 pm 28 Sep 06

Mr Hargreaves has obviously got his knickers in a knot. I reckon leave them be – Good on them for getting out there and making an effort I think – I wouldn’t want to be out there cleaning windows in either the hot sun or the freezing cold.
But they seem to be there no matter the weather…

Absent Diane 1:04 pm 28 Sep 06

yeah pretty appalling.

Thumper 1:03 pm 28 Sep 06

“The language that I portray to them leaves them in no doubt about whether I want my windscreen washed, but does often cast doubts on the marital status of their parents”

Translated as ‘Fuck off you bastard”

And coming from the mouth of an elected representative.

Absent Diane 12:59 pm 28 Sep 06

at least they are doing something with themselves

Danman 12:56 pm 28 Sep 06

That bloke in Dickson – Ian someone said – he is a legend – My brother got him a squeegie for x-mas with a bow on it – he was a very happy man.

He told me bluntly once that he would rather get his gear that way – rather than being a crim.

So what happens if the ACT makes what he is now doing agains the law – just makes a load of for the most part law abidig citizens into criminals huh.

I dont mind them – tho some need to know the meaning of no – that guy near jolimont scares me – and Im not even a female – I can see how they scare females driving alone

johnboy 12:47 pm 28 Sep 06

Are the police going to do something about all the bloody beggars in Civic at the same time?

If not i’d rather leave the window washers alone, most of them do a good job, you can always say no, and some days the windscreen really does need washing.

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