Laziness vs. enterprise
Kevin H. writes:
Several months ago I visited Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. As I drove through a small town called Bremerton, I noticed a group of high school girls offering a car wash in exchange for a donation. They were trying to raise funds for a soccer team trip to the East Coast. I pulled in and got an excellent car wash and made my donation. A mile up the road there was another car wash being held, also for girls soccer. I noticed that every one of the girls at each car wash was white.LA replies:
Well, you’re forgetting New York City’s famous squeegee men, who would offer to clean the windshields of cars stopped at traffic lights approaching the city’s tunnels and bridges. But they were so intrusive and in some cases threatening that the police under Mayor Giuliani stopped the practice.
We had the squeegee people where I live in Vancouver too. They were mostly drug addicts who beetled around intersections trying to make a buck. I never found them intimidating or even annoying though. I heard that in New York City they were almost shakedown artists and that Giuliani had to do something about them.Paul K. writes:
Ridding the city of the aggressive squeegee men was one of Giuliani’s commendable accomplishments. Whether you wanted them to or not, these miscreants would slosh dirty water on your windshield, give it a swipe or two with a squeegee, then demand a dollar or two for their “service.” If you didn’t pay, they sometimes broke your side mirror with the metal bar of their squeegee.DJM writes:
My local WalMart has the occasional youth group doing fund drives at the entrances. Yes, I know. WalMart. I generally go at early hours, or on days just before the EBT cards are recharged; this way the ferals are generally not there.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 12, 2012 02:46 PM | Send