Don’t en­cour­age win­dow wash­ers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

FOR the past few months, on a weekly ba­sis, I have trav­elled up the Kwinana Free­way, ex­it­ing at Can­ning High­way.

Here I am an­noyed by men wash­ing win­dows for coin.

I al­ways shake my head for ‘No thanks’ but have had the oc­ca­sional per­son do it any­way.

I’ve watched th­ese men do the same to other driv­ers and then wait for pay­ment.

When trav­el­ling on your own or with chil­dren, it is con­fronting.

Un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances, we would never open our car win­dows, stick our hands out and give money to a stranger. So why do it here? By us­ing this so-called “ser­vice”, driv­ers are en­cour­ag­ing th­ese men to con­tinue to turn up year af­ter year.

I re­alise that many peo­ple are do­ing it tough and may need to sup­ple­ment their in­come with self­en­ter­prise, but apart from scar­ing peo­ple, are th­ese guys gen­uinely seek­ing em­ploy­ment?

If so, are they declar­ing their in­come? Prob­a­bly not.

They hide in the bushes and dump their rub­bish, mak­ing it a com­plete eye­sore.

And the big ques­tion is, what are they wash­ing your car win-

dows with? Does any­one re­ally know?

Then do the sums – six changes of lights in an hour, for ex­am­ple, mul­ti­plied by 10 cars equals 60 cars in an hour at $1 per win­dow equals $60 per hour.

Work a cou­ple of hours in the af­ter­noon for $120, mul­ti­plied by the num­ber of days per week and it’s a nice bit of pocket money in hand. A. UREN, Can­ning Vale.

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