Thursday, April 16, 2009

Window Washers

At any major intersection in Asuncion, Paraguay you will encounter a handful of window washers.

I think its great that there are people willing to get out there and work any way they can, and since it can get quite dusty in Paraguay the windshields need washing frequently.

Many window washers have a technique where they come up from behind your vehicle in your blind spot and suprise you by starting to wash your window before you even know they are there. The window is half washed before you can even decide if you want it washed or not.

The downside of this is that even if you just washed your car and the window is not dirty, the window washer will plop their squeegee down on your window before you can blink. If you don't want your window washed you have to be quick on the draw to either shake your finger at them to signal 'no thanks', or turn your wipers on and they will get the hint.
Many times you will see small children on the streets trying to earn money for the family.
(Photo by Chet Gordon)
It's very hard to say 'no' to the little ones.
(Photo by Chet Gordon)


  1. I know what you mean! Sometimes I just give them money, when we don´t want our windows cleaned... :)

  2. It IS hard to say no to the little ones. But the big ones are kind of annoying.

  3. I have been wanting to get pictures like this but am too embarrassed to stop and do it. Good for you!