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Northbourne Ave and dirty windscreens

By luther_bendross - 13 October 2008 86

Have I missed something?  Is there some mysterious mud storm down Northbourne that causes people’s windscreens to get that dirrrty (thanks Xtina) that they MUST be cleaned at every intersection?  Do I live in a mud vaccuum where I do not get touched by said storm and also have the skills to clean my own windscreen when it gets dirrrty?

The questions I pose are thus:
1. If anyone has paid for such a service, how much was it?  Was it worth it?
2. Are all the dudes in cahootz?  Are there bloods/crips rivalries for the more prestigious intersections?  Likewise, do you need a buskers ‘licence’ to perform such a community service?

And most importantly:
3. If you out there reading this are one of these car detailing experts, how much coin are you making out there?

What’s Your opinion?


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Northbourne Ave and dirty windscreens
mutley 1:42 pm 13 Oct 08

I just think that he could be out breaking and entering and mugging people in the street, but he has effectively found himself work to support his habit and somebody else’s family. I really respect him for that.

he could also get a real job, pay taxes and function like a normal member of society.

Granny 1:18 pm 13 Oct 08

A lady once told me that there was a sad story about my window washer. She said that his girlfriend was a junkie and died of an overdose, and he is still taking care of her kids. She said that he only has one hit a day, and he pays for his habit with the window washing.

I really like him. Once, I signaled no, because I didn’t have any change; and he did it anyway. He said, “You were the only one today who was smiling when you drove up.” Once I gave him twenty dollars, but usually I would give him $2 or whatever change I can scrape up. From time to time I give him five dollars if I have a note.

I just think that he could be out breaking and entering and mugging people in the street, but he has effectively found himself work to support his habit and somebody else’s family. I really respect him for that.

Cameron 1:17 pm 13 Oct 08

jakez said :

I on the other hand, am not that smart.

Neither is Gary Kent.

jakez 1:15 pm 13 Oct 08

Me?

Gary Kent is smart enough to know that if you want to be a successful politician, you don’t come onto RiotACT with your username basically being your real name, and give honest opinions on every topic.

I on the other hand, am not that smart.

SamTSeppo 1:14 pm 13 Oct 08

In the book Guiliani (as in Mayor Guiliani of New York) he talks about one of his first achievements as Mayor being that he banned all windscreen washers. Apparently the crime stats dropped about 50%.

Ah, yes, the “Fixing Broken Windows” theory of crime prevention. Still controversial, and the data regarding New York’s crime rate changes can seemingly be tied to just about anything you want.

The guys are friendly enough, not aggressive, and every once in a while they come in handy (especially driving in from Sydney and the windscreen is covered with bugs etc). If one acts like a douchebag, register your complain with a vocalization expressing as much, especially if it regards the washer’s possible inbreeding, points out defects in his mother. But in general, I think you’ll find yourself just giving a buck their way and thanking them for a little help on a busy stretch of road.

sepi 1:13 pm 13 Oct 08

I once called one over then realised I had no money – oops.

I usually give them about 60c – just a handfull of silver money.

When I drove an ancient bomb they used to do it for free all the time ‘freebie love, freebie’ – I think they had sympathy for me.

I far prefer them doing the windscreen washing than burglary – or even than begging on the bus interchange.

I hate it when they hold up the lights though.

AussieGal83 1:09 pm 13 Oct 08

You’re Gary Kent in disguise arent you? 😛

jakez 12:50 pm 13 Oct 08

Cameron said :

I once gave one a tenner as I had called him over without realising I had no change. So I had to use the note and I felt cheap asking for change.

I don’t mind them doing their thing, but I do mind it if they go ahead when I clearly tell them not to – whether they seek payment for it or not.

Ten Dollars? JESUS CHRIST!

Yeah I can understand your feeling on unsolicited cleanings. I know people who find that very annoying.

jakez 12:45 pm 13 Oct 08

burkes08 said :

The guy who does the Hindmarsh drv and Melrose drv intersection in Woden is really good too. I usually give him about a dollar. I reckon he probably earns good money.

In the book Guiliani (as in Mayor Guiliani of New York) he talks about one of his first achievements as Mayor being that he banned all windscreen washers. Apparently the crime stats dropped about 50%.

That man is such a putz.

If you read the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri you find that the innermost circle of hell is reserved for traitors, mutineers, and Rudy Giuliani.

Cameron 12:44 pm 13 Oct 08

I once gave one a tenner as I had called him over without realising I had no change. So I had to use the note and I felt cheap asking for change.

I don’t mind them doing their thing, but I do mind it if they go ahead when I clearly tell them not to – whether they seek payment for it or not.

BenMac 12:42 pm 13 Oct 08

I have never paid someone to wash my windows. One day on Northbourne I signalled to the person that I didn’t want my windows washed. He washed them anyway. I didn’t feel ablighed to pay him so I drove off.

burkes08 12:25 pm 13 Oct 08

The guy who does the Hindmarsh drv and Melrose drv intersection in Woden is really good too. I usually give him about a dollar. I reckon he probably earns good money.

In the book Guiliani (as in Mayor Guiliani of New York) he talks about one of his first achievements as Mayor being that he banned all windscreen washers. Apparently the crime stats dropped about 50%.

jakez 12:10 pm 13 Oct 08

OP: You don’t come to an agreed price beforehand. The washer will walk inbetween the cars and you signal agreement. The washer will then wash the windscreen. You then give the washer whatever money you think is worth it. I usually give about 50c, my fiancee gives about $2, but that’s because she likes/feels sorry for the guy that we go to.

Sometimes they will do it even if you don’t call them over. What happens next depends on the washer. The good washers know that this is a freebie and won’t go for money (I’m sure some people still give though). The bad washers go after money and get indignant if you don’t give it to them.

Like everything in life, there are good windscreen washers and bad windscreen washers. As a rugged individualist I judge people on their own merits and refuse to group. If someone is a dickhead, they deserve to go down. If they are a decent person that isn’t threatening anyone, doesn’t bother me at all. I think it’s free enterprise at its best. At a Young Liberal Policy meeting where there was a policy to ban them I got up and defended them as heroes of freedom and individual initiative…didn’t win that one but got some laughs.

I have never ever seen or heard of the incidents that PBO has given.

The bloke I go to is the one on the corner of Northbourne and Barry Drive with the stooped posture. Interesting guy if you get to know him. Does a lot of free washes and a good bloke. His story was in the Crimes a few months ago. His girlfriend seems like a real bitch though.

I can’t answer Q2 but there seems to be some level of honour in terms of claims to spots.

PBO 11:46 am 13 Oct 08

Window washing 2.1

These guys are the Microsoft of the window washing industry.

Just like getting a virus on your computer and having to pay for the patch to fix it, One will stand at the first intersection with a bucket of sh!t to throw on your windscreen and the guy at the next stop will charge you to remove the problem.

I wonder if you drove off without paying, would they refer to it as a “Drive by”?

Gungahlin Al 11:39 am 13 Oct 08

They’re harmless for the most part.
Better than drugs.
I just wish a couple of the guys would try something different like – shoe polishing. I’d happily shell out to get a good old-fashioned show polish done.

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