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    While I am there in the DR, driving from the airport and through and between the larger cities, there are generally kids weaving in and out of traffic to clean wind shields for whatever money you have, like 20 pesos or less. I feel guilty, but I usually don't try and catch their eye. But, what does everyone else do, say 'yeah' or generallly don't invite them over.
    They do a dangerous job cleearly out of necesity, though.
    Wondered what everone's thoughts were.

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    Ignore them, put on your wipers, make them clean off any dirty water they throw on the screen.

    The only guy I have ever paid to clean my screen is the guy on the corner of 27 / Churchill who wears the suit (sponsored) and tie and asks first if you want the windows cleaned.

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    if they start to clean after you´ve shaken your head no and waved the finger no a dozen times, let them clean it. then drive off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amp View Post
    if they start to clean after you´ve shaken your head no and waved the finger no a dozen times, let them clean it. then drive off.
    I do that as well

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    It makes me wonder, when I came here for the first time in 2000 I noticed that a reasonable part of drivers would let the cleaners do their work and pay them. Since I am back after a 5 year absence the wind shield cleaners have become a lot more aggressive and hardly anyone lets them clean their windows....is this still leaving any money? (same for limpiabotas by the way)

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    Quote Originally Posted by amp View Post
    if they start to clean after you´ve shaken your head no and waved the finger no a dozen times, let them clean it. then drive off.
    Yup. This.

    Once in a while you'll get some dirty water shloshed on your back or side windows. Part of living here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by amp View Post
    if they start to clean after you´ve shaken your head no and waved the finger no a dozen times, let them clean it. then drive off.
    You could drive away after they supposedly clean your windshield, but you face a high risk in having your car damaged as you drive off. They are known for scratching vehicles as you drive off. It happened to my wife not so long ago, while she drove off in a brand new Jipeta. Then just this past Sunday I had words with one of them as he poured all the water in his sponge on to the windshield of my car, after I told him not to wash my window.

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    when i first came here, 21 years ago, i'd always wind up driving one on my in laws cars. these cars were usually at least 10+ years old, piles of junk, but they got you where you needed to go. of course the windshield washer systems never worked, fluid bottle broken or pump broken or they didn't even know what was the purpose to put water in the bottle, forget washer fluid i don't even think they sold it in this country, at least i never saw it for sale. now when you take SD weather, rain everyday for 10 minutes for no reason, and the dirty/dusty streets it was a pleasure to find the washer guys just to be able to see where i was going. back then people really needed to have the windscreen cleaned. cost, one peso, that was when the peso was 12.65 or so. was funny one time when i paid the guy with loose change, dominican nickels,dimes, and a quarter. he was p'd off, so what? it added up to a peso. this kind of business back then was a neccesity, but i don't think that the street kids have figured out that with the newer cars they aren't needed, but they hang onto the idea that if it worked before it will work again. maybe because if dominican drivers can't figure out hi-lo headlights, they don't not dim because they're mean, they're stupid. so when that bottle of washer fluid runs out they don't at least fill it with water because they have no clue............

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    Talking Its annoying

    If no one paid then it would stop. I watch out for them and as they approach I turn on the windshield washer water and the wipers. next I give them the finger wave no and shake my head. It has worked all but one time when the little devil took off my wiper blade and ran, laughing.

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    when i drive and i see them i just move my finger to " no, no" and start the wipers. because i look as mean as hell so normally those dudes do not approach me

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