I’m new to this RiotACT thing, but I just wanted to voice my frustration and see if anyone else out there is in the same boat? And if it happens again, what should I do?
For many months now there has been a resident window washer on the intersection between Northbourne Ave and Cooryong St/Barry Dr offering the usual windscreen clean for a monetary donation. Yesterday afternoon, I was driving down Northbourne Ave and stopped at the lights to turn right onto Cooryong St. There were 3 cars in front of me waiting to turn right, plus another two alongside me continuing north.
He worked his way down the line of stopped cars; the first three drivers had all declined and he respected that and moved on. Standing at the end of car in front he signalled to me – I politely said no. He came closer, still asking, and again I gestured ‘No thank you’. He came along side my car, by this time I’m shaking my head, saying NO very loudly, and waving my arms! He started to clean my window… It gets better… At the end of the clean, he then gestures for money. I gave him all I had which was about 70cents I found in the console of my car, to which the window cleaner complained that I was being cheap and hadn’t given him enough!! He then continued on to other stopped cars, some of which also said no and he left their cars untouched!
My anger and frustration got bigger as later that night as I was driving in the pouring rain, there was a big soapy residue mark right in front of the steering wheel on the windscreen and created a huge glare spot against the shine of the street lights! So not only did I pay for a clean I didnt want (I’d like to add I’d only washed my car on Friday…), I had to RE-CLEAN my windscreen (with a squidgy at the nearest petrol station because my car window wash function wasn’t enough!) to avoid having an accident!!
Also – this is the third time this has happened to me with this window washer at this intersection. What on earth do I have to do to tell the guy DONT CLEAN MY WINDSCREEN without being rude and abusive!?