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Squeegee Men at the Lights? How much to pay in Canberra?

By Ex Warrior - 14 June 2011 100

Ok so venturing out for lunch with a work colleague we approach the Northbourne lights and Squeegee man is onto us to clean the windscreen. His done his stuff and I hand out 20c before getting accussed for being a tightarse by work colleague.

So what is the acceptable amount to pay these fleabags?

Personally I was after change….

What’s Your opinion?


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Squeegee Men at the Lights? How much to pay in Canberra?
Holden Caulfield 4:10 pm 14 Jun 11

I’d be happy to put the arsehats* on a retainer if it meant they understood the meaning of “No thanks mate.”

*I understand not all squeegee men are arsehats, but most of them along Northbourne certainly suit this description.

sakiyaki 4:10 pm 14 Jun 11

I don’t particularly like them… but seriously 20 cents is very tight@rse… gold coin minimum (unless they made the windscreen worse)!

Classified 3:54 pm 14 Jun 11

I dislike them. They may well be nice guys, but they inevitably leave dirty/greasy marks on your car, and more than once I’ve had to brake sharply when they’ve decided to walk out onto the road with no notice.

Deref 3:47 pm 14 Jun 11

PBO said :

Depending on who is washing windows (Lindsay at the corner of Northbourne and Wakefield is my fave) is what guides my gifting. I give him $5 every XMAS wheather he washes my windows or not and i always give $2 or more when he does my windows. I do this because he is well mannered, friendly and he is the original window washing guy. Even gave him a few joints a few years ago.

😀

I agree. I generally give Lindsay a couple of bucks – that guy’s out there in all weathers and he works hard. He should wash his hands, though – I still have the grimy mark on the inside of my A pillar where he hung on to get purchase.

Mysteryman 3:34 pm 14 Jun 11

I give them nothing. If they provided a service I needed, I’d think about paying them. But I don’t need people wiping my windscreen.

tonkatuff82 3:24 pm 14 Jun 11

Captain RAAF said :

Hamilton said :

Cut them some slack – better washing your windscreen than breaking into your house and nicking yout tele for a rock of crack!!

Actually I’d prefer they did that, or at least tried too, that way there’s a chance they’ll get caught and go do porridge and we’d rid our streets of these filthy Catweezel wannabees!

At least Catweezel had the decency to stalk those kids… oh wait… um, kill them all with fire?

Watson 3:23 pm 14 Jun 11

Even though I admit they work hard and it’s better than begging, I can’t stand them. Especially not the Northbourne Ave ones. So I don’t use them either.

Because:
they always leave a film of sticky soap all over the windscreen that makes the wipers useless
they’re way too pushy to my liking and no means no
the one time I didn’t yell no when a guy at the Dickson intersection to clean my window, his timing was all wrong and he had me holding up traffic behind me after the light had gone green
I’ve had to try hard not to hit some of them at times and don’t think they should be allowed to be there. Not as long as they’re on drugs anyway. It’s like Russian roulette!

There used to be an older guy at a Hindmarsh Dr intersection (in Narrabundah) who was always friendly, never pushy, wore a shirt and a bow tie (honestly!) and offered good customer service. I used to pay him $2 occasionally. And gave him a lift once or twice even.

If you are going to pay them – which I think you shouldn’t because it just encourages them – I think 20c is stingy too.

Captain RAAF 3:15 pm 14 Jun 11

Hamilton said :

Cut them some slack – better washing your windscreen than breaking into your house and nicking yout tele for a rock of crack!!

Actually I’d prefer they did that, or at least tried too, that way there’s a chance they’ll get caught and go do porridge and we’d rid our streets of these filthy Catweezel wannabees!

Ex Warrior 3:11 pm 14 Jun 11

Jim Jones said :

20 cents really is just a total tightarse act.

I usually pay 2 bucks or so. Some of those blokes are out for looong hours and put a good amount of effort into what they’re doing: ahell of a lot more effort to make a buck than most people in this town.

Whoa Mr Generosity

chewy14 3:09 pm 14 Jun 11

If they actually did a good job I wouldn’t mind giving them a couple of bucks.
However, the last couple of times i’ve let the guys in Civic do it, they made my window even dirtier because they haven’t been changing their water.

Banned from touching my car now.

Royalist 3:02 pm 14 Jun 11

i’m surprised they find the time to get to centrelink and avoid paying taxes.
me personally i would prefer they licked my windows as they would have more experience doing that.

PBO 3:00 pm 14 Jun 11

Depending on who is washing windows (Lindsay at the corner of Northbourne and Wakefield is my fave) is what guides my gifting. I give him $5 every XMAS wheather he washes my windows or not and i always give $2 or more when he does my windows. I do this because he is well mannered, friendly and he is the original window washing guy. Even gave him a few joints a few years ago.

Hamilton 2:52 pm 14 Jun 11

Cut them some slack – better washing your windscreen than breaking into your house and nicking yout tele for a rock of crack!!

Jim Jones 2:41 pm 14 Jun 11

20 cents really is just a total tightarse act.

I usually pay 2 bucks or so. Some of those blokes are out for looong hours and put a good amount of effort into what they’re doing: ahell of a lot more effort to make a buck than most people in this town.

Solidarity 2:32 pm 14 Jun 11

Squeegee man gets nothing, ever, and only in the work car. If he touched my personal car, there’d be hell to pay.

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