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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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tim_c 1:23 pm 12 Mar 13

I don’t pay anything unless they can give me a tax invoice, otherwise I’ll assume they’re rorting the system by not declaring their full income for tax purposes.

Katietonia 2:42 pm 04 Aug 11

I never pay them anything. They stress me out by hassling me so I don’t see why I should have to pay for that “service”. The times they have forced their “cleaning” on my car the window has been dirtier.

lumpy 2:15 pm 04 Aug 11

missdee said :

i pay nothing i turn my wipers on! i seen the squeegee man on northbourne in the CT too he went by the name eddie and was trying to say his not a drug addict haha who is he kidding.. they are herion addicts i they come into my work all the time sometimes high and change there coins for notes eddie was even talking about how he had to go get his methadone and then call someone who wants to buy it “what the” theres a reason why there like it and they bring it all on themselves well that one one northbourne dirty as they come

…….There is no hope

missdee 1:21 pm 04 Aug 11

i pay nothing i turn my wipers on! i seen the squeegee man on northbourne in the CT too he went by the name eddie and was trying to say his not a drug addict haha who is he kidding.. they are herion addicts i they come into my work all the time sometimes high and change there coins for notes eddie was even talking about how he had to go get his methadone and then call someone who wants to buy it “what the” theres a reason why there like it and they bring it all on themselves well that one one northbourne dirty as they come

Silveras 1:16 pm 28 Jun 11

I don’t pay them anything… Honestly they can clean your windows with dirty water. I might be a tight arse but why should I pay someone something I can easily do myself when I fuel up.

Mysteryman said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Mysteryman said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Mysteryman said :

It was a joke. And I laughed. Perhaps you need to search the lost and found for a sense of humour.

or perhaps you need a humour upgrade?

Not likely.

Well if you are happy with having a comedic compass somewhere to the south of Kevin Bloody Wilson, I guess you should go without the upgrade.

If you want to act like you’re some sort of enlightened, internet crusader by looking for racial motivations in everything, go for it. Some of us are intelligent enough to understand what the joke is really about. As johnboy mentioned, “Alan Jones listeners are not a race”. It’s obviously too much for you to grasp. Better luck next time, hey?

Where did I suggest the ‘joke’ was racist? I merely implied that it wasnt funny.

I think you are the one looking for ‘racial motivations’…

Classified 9:43 am 17 Jun 11

Mysteryman said :

PBO said :

vg said :

“It could be you one day….”

It could never be me. These guys are often making in excess of $200 a day tax free on top of their guvvy benefits……..and its going straight into their arms

You say that now VG, but who is to say what might happen in the future? I have had a few friends with successful full time jobs who though that the world was at their feet and it could never happen to them and in within 2 years it did. And they had no dealings with drugs whatsoever. No one is immune from something like this happening to them at some stage in their lives, it can happen to anyone.

No one is immune from bankruptcy, but doing drugs is a choice.

+1.

Mysteryman 9:35 am 17 Jun 11

PBO said :

vg said :

“It could be you one day….”

It could never be me. These guys are often making in excess of $200 a day tax free on top of their guvvy benefits……..and its going straight into their arms

You say that now VG, but who is to say what might happen in the future? I have had a few friends with successful full time jobs who though that the world was at their feet and it could never happen to them and in within 2 years it did. And they had no dealings with drugs whatsoever. No one is immune from something like this happening to them at some stage in their lives, it can happen to anyone.

No one is immune from bankruptcy, but doing drugs is a choice.

PBO 9:22 am 17 Jun 11

vg said :

“It could be you one day….”

It could never be me. These guys are often making in excess of $200 a day tax free on top of their guvvy benefits……..and its going straight into their arms

You say that now VG, but who is to say what might happen in the future? I have had a few friends with successful full time jobs who though that the world was at their feet and it could never happen to them and in within 2 years it did. And they had no dealings with drugs whatsoever. No one is immune from something like this happening to them at some stage in their lives, it can happen to anyone.

vg 11:32 pm 16 Jun 11

“It could be you one day….”

It could never be me. These guys are often making in excess of $200 a day tax free on top of their guvvy benefits……..and its going straight into their arms

Violet68 9:51 pm 16 Jun 11

Angelina said :

Violet, if I allow myself to indulge in your ‘we’re all fat arse capitalist pigs’ argument for a moment, can you explain how exactly we ‘reap the benefits’ of the squeegee guys at the lights?

If there weren’t some people at the lower end of the scale, there wouldn’t be a need for places like Centrelink, FACSIA, DHCS where a whole heap of people are employed simply because we have disadvantaged people in our society. If they didn’t work for the public service, then they might just have to take other jobs pushing less qualified people further down the scale (or become unemployed themselves for lack of public relations and practical skills……)

How dare the window washers try and buck the “system” and get ahead. I wonder if you were living in poverty whether you would think you were “deserving” of a $2 coin from a person “better off” than you? Given the way the middle class is becoming smaller, you might have to consider that very question in your lifetime.

Someone on here mentioned spreading good karma…….I second that. Don’t be so tight with your $2 that you can’t put your windscreen above a fellow human being.

Innovation 6:25 pm 16 Jun 11

Jungle Jim said :

Innovation said :

I don’t support the practice. It’s dangerous, illegal and…

Read post 39 and rethink your argument.

Whoops – my bad. I must have missed that post. It’s still dangerous though, the rest of my point was still valid and I presume that it is at least illegal when, on very rare occasions, these people prevent cars from going on green. Very good pickup by helium too.

How can anyone ever understand all of the road rules for all Australian jurisdictions when, even in the ACT alone, rules are “buried” in separate legislation?

I wonder what the ACT Government’s potential liability is, for making this exception and endorsing such a dangerous practice, if an injury or death ever occurs?

Why has the ACT Government made an exception in this case (and not for other situations)? For example, wouldn’t it be great if, as drivers, we were allowed to solicit for passengers/hitchhikers on a fee for service basis which would obviously compete with taxis and buses?

Skidd Marx 4:24 pm 16 Jun 11

Has the guy at Hindmarsh/Melrose in Woden retired or something? Haven’t seen him in ages.

Muttsybignuts 4:12 pm 16 Jun 11

LSWCHP said :

The Traineediplomat said :

I often wonder what would happen if I got a bunch of young enthusiatic persons to arrive before said squeegee guys, fully kitted up in a waterproof outfit* with clean soapy water and squeegees and offered their services in a smiling helpful manner… perhaps even with a board with the set price for a window washing service on it.

What would the current crop of squeegions do? Realise that they have been defeated by superior marketing and service? Or go absolutely postal?

* note I don’t mean bikini babes…though that would raise interesting ‘using women as sex objects’ v ‘but I don’t like ugly smelly squeegions’ questions.

Three or four years ago a womens sporting club (I think it was a hockey club) did this on the corner of Coulter and Southern Cross drives near Belco Mall. There were about 20 young women in their sporting uniforms, with smiles, signs, clean water, squeegees etc, all in good order. They were polite, friendly, enthusiastic and not the least bit threatening. They looked like they were having a good time for a good cause, I was happy to do business with them, and it looked like they were making a mozza.

Good on ’em.

And besides, women washing windscreens might end in a water fight, which has much the same result as a pillow fight…

Ex Warrior 1:48 pm 16 Jun 11

Yeh the womans rep Oztag team near gull a few yrs back

LSWCHP 11:53 pm 15 Jun 11

The Traineediplomat said :

I often wonder what would happen if I got a bunch of young enthusiatic persons to arrive before said squeegee guys, fully kitted up in a waterproof outfit* with clean soapy water and squeegees and offered their services in a smiling helpful manner… perhaps even with a board with the set price for a window washing service on it.

What would the current crop of squeegions do? Realise that they have been defeated by superior marketing and service? Or go absolutely postal?

* note I don’t mean bikini babes…though that would raise interesting ‘using women as sex objects’ v ‘but I don’t like ugly smelly squeegions’ questions.

Three or four years ago a womens sporting club (I think it was a hockey club) did this on the corner of Coulter and Southern Cross drives near Belco Mall. There were about 20 young women in their sporting uniforms, with smiles, signs, clean water, squeegees etc, all in good order. They were polite, friendly, enthusiastic and not the least bit threatening. They looked like they were having a good time for a good cause, I was happy to do business with them, and it looked like they were making a mozza.

Good on ’em.

LSWCHP 11:27 pm 15 Jun 11

I can look after my own windscreen, and I’ve always managed to discourage these “entrepreneurs” (as V68 describes them) with a look. But then, I’m a very large bloke, and apparently I have a bad bedside manner, or so I was recently informed. It doesn’t take much effort on my part.

My wife is small to average in size, with a natural open and friendly smile. On many occasions she has told me how one of these people has washed her windscreen despite her objections. Several times she’s been hassled aggressively for cash to pay for something she obviously didn’t want. On one occasion (I think about a year ago) she was intimidated to the point where she handed over the first coin she could find, and was then abused because it wasn’t an appropriate gold coin amount. She cried when she told me about that, so I called the cops. When I described the guy and his location they said something like “Oh yes, OK, that’s Andrew (or whatever his name is) and he gets a little out of line occasionally. We’ll have a word with him”.

Ordinarily I would feel sorry for these people and their reduced circumstances. But from where I sit, they have a history of hassling and intimidating people, mainly female, whom they perceive as a soft touch. I don’t like it. And if Andrew (or whatever his name is) makes my wife cry again, I’ll have a word to him.

The Traineediplomat 9:32 pm 15 Jun 11

I often wonder what would happen if I got a bunch of young enthusiatic persons to arrive before said squeegee guys, fully kitted up in a waterproof outfit* with clean soapy water and squeegees and offered their services in a smiling helpful manner… perhaps even with a board with the set price for a window washing service on it.

What would the current crop of squeegions do? Realise that they have been defeated by superior marketing and service? Or go absolutely postal?

* note I don’t mean bikini babes…though that would raise interesting ‘using women as sex objects’ v ‘but I don’t like ugly smelly squeegions’ questions.

Mysteryman 4:42 pm 15 Jun 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Mysteryman said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Mysteryman said :

It was a joke. And I laughed. Perhaps you need to search the lost and found for a sense of humour.

or perhaps you need a humour upgrade?

Not likely.

Well if you are happy with having a comedic compass somewhere to the south of Kevin Bloody Wilson, I guess you should go without the upgrade.

If you want to act like you’re some sort of enlightened, internet crusader by looking for racial motivations in everything, go for it. Some of us are intelligent enough to understand what the joke is really about. As johnboy mentioned, “Alan Jones listeners are not a race”. It’s obviously too much for you to grasp. Better luck next time, hey?

giddyup 4:41 pm 15 Jun 11

The day will come , (not if), when one of these guys is run over or will cause a serious accident. Who will take responsibility for this. The government for turning a blind eye? They should for their inaction. Any other small business operator has to have insurance , registration etc. Why shouldn’t they? Who will cover the damage? The window washers insurance company….I don’t think so!!!

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