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The guy who was stealing my hanging flower baskets, caught on video handed over to local PD they gave the video to the 4 local news stations. All 4 came & did live remotes from my wash for the local evening news. (my 15 min of fame) Someone knew who he was & phoned in. Talk about being embarrasssed.
This was back in '98 before cameras were common in our industry.
 

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The funny thing about owning a self serve car wash is that it is NEVER dull!! :) I've owned my car wash for 17 years now, and I think public behavior is getting more outrageous - especially with the homeless! I'm glad that I have cameras and live close-by. Bike repair.jpg Recently, one of my wash bays was converted into an overnight "bike repair" operation! Bike repair.jpg
 
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And lawnmower repair, and upholstery shop? Where did all that stuff come from?
 

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The funny thing about owning a self serve car wash is that it is NEVER dull!! :) I've owned my car wash for 17 years now, and I think public behavior is getting more outrageous - especially with the homeless! I'm glad that I have cameras and live close-by. View attachment 1757 Recently, one of my wash bays was converted into an overnight "bike repair" operation! View attachment 1757
Did he leave a mess or cleaned up after he was done in ”his” shop?
 

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I got a call last night from the police. Seems a lady came to wash her Jeep. WHile she was washing she suspects her passenger sitting inside rifled through her purse and stole one of her credit cards. They wanted to know if I had cameras that looked into the car and caught video of the theft. I told them that theft inside someone car is generally not what I worry about. Turns out my cameras are not like superman and could not see the theft.
 

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If you stay in the car wash business long enough you’re going to see it all. After 38 years of being in the business you name it I've seen it or had it happen. I’ve had guy’s paint their car in the bay, brake jobs, oil changes. I had one guy drop his gas tank to change out hiss fuel pump. They all seem to think it perfectly OK to do these kinds of things. Last week at 5am I had to run a couple of meth maggots out of the bay, they had junk everywhere. Meth maggots have a thing about rocks and they had piles of rocks in the bay. They always want to argue with you when you tell them to leave, then it time to get pissed, I’ve been in fist fights with some of these idiots.When I pulled out my phone to call the police they couldn’t get out there fast enough. The people who come to self-serve car washes aren’t the cream of society,
 

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I had a lady come in last week and spray paint (black) an entire patio furniture set in one of my bays. Thankfully she bought cheap paint.
 
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Did he leave a mess or cleaned up after he was done in ”his” shop?
Fortunately, when they left 3 hours later, they had cleaned up most of their mess! The gray bucket that was left behind was taken by the next customer who drove in. Not sure if it was paint or cleaner, but it was gone when I arrived! :) Although I didn't make much money in that bay overnight, I am GRATEFUL they didn't steal anything, break anything, burn anything or leave a HUGE mess!! Bike repair AFTER.jpg
 
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If you stay in the car wash business long enough you’re going to see it all. After 38 years of being in the business you name it I've seen it or had it happen. I’ve had guy’s paint their car in the bay, brake jobs, oil changes. I had one guy drop his gas tank to change out hiss fuel pump. They all seem to think it perfectly OK to do these kinds of things. Last week at 5am I had to run a couple of meth maggots out of the bay, they had junk everywhere. Meth maggots have a thing about rocks and they had piles of rocks in the bay. They always want to argue with you when you tell them to leave, then it time to get pissed, I’ve been in fist fights with some of these idiots.When I pulled out my phone to call the police they couldn’t get out there fast enough. The people who come to self-serve car washes aren’t the cream of society,
Good lord Randy, I think you HAVE seen it all! I always appreciate reading your helpful advice and entertaining stories in SSCWN and CW Forum. Stay safe my friend! :)
 

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If you stay in the car wash business long enough you’re going to see it all.
I thought I had seen it all until yesterday. I've had break ins, self gratification and tranny's before, but not all at the same time.

Had a tranny come in all dolled up and pleasure him(her) self with the vacuum. After two cycles and no climax and no more money, they proceeded to totally destroy a drop shelf vender to get a few coins out of it. Still not enough to restart the vacuum, they totally destroyed a second drop shelf vendor and got enough to start the vac again two times. They put the stolen coins in the vac and finished pleasuring themselves. Zipped up and left with a smile.
 

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I thought I had seen it all until yesterday. I've had break ins, self gratification and tranny's before, but not all at the same time.

Had a tranny come in all dolled up and pleasure him(her) self with the vacuum. After two cycles and no climax and no more money, they proceeded to totally destroy a drop shelf vender to get a few coins out of it. Still not enough to restart the vacuum, they totally destroyed a second drop shelf vendor and got enough to start the vac again two times. They put the stolen coins in the vac and finished pleasuring themselves. Zipped up and left with a smile.
What the hell?????? Thats going to make for a terrible clean out job on that vac!
 
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