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Old 5th Feb 2019, 21:27
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Old 5th Feb 2019, 23:05
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I wouldn't believe those number quoted in the "Indeed" link.

I use a facility based out of a former petrol forecourt and last time I was there I did a quick calculation based on number of people working, price and time taken for each vehicle, and I doubt that the money taken would cover anywhere near the figures they quoted, and that's before little matters of NI, water rates, business rates, and of course a nice fat salary for the gang master - sorry, owner. Lads do a bloody good job though, always cheery, always polite and friendly.

Not looking forward to the day, in a couple of years, when it's back to the bucket and portable vacuum cleaner. Another Brexit dividend!! Seriously though, I really don't understand why trading standards don't clamp down on these slave drivers. I'd happily pay a bit more to see them earn a half decent (legal) wage.

So is mine, based on a closed shell garage, 10 gets the car and interior, boot included done with all galas in and out, the tyres blacked and a free air freshener, 5 simply does the externals with tyres blacked and air freshener. I used to spend more on jet washing it.
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Old 5th Feb 2019, 23:48
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
I wouldn't believe those number quoted in the "Indeed" link.

I use a facility based out of a former petrol forecourt and last time I was there I did a quick calculation based on number of people working, price and time taken for each vehicle, and I doubt that the money taken would cover anywhere near the figures they quoted, and that's before little matters of NI, water rates, business rates, and of course a nice fat salary for the gang master - sorry, owner. Lads do a bloody good job though, always cheery, always polite and friendly.
From watching "Breaking Bad," I recall the car wash feature for a time there eventually became a different type of laundering operation, i.e. money.

But that wouldn't happen in real life, would it?
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 03:30
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The newer non contact automatic car washes are much better than the flailing brushes of the older ones which were inclined to remove aerials and abrade the paintwork as the grit from previous washes became embedded in the bristles.

The hand wash places are a bit hit and miss, the pay and conditions don’t encourage a long term outlook in the employees and the job is often a last resort for east Europeans or illegal immigrants.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 07:39
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Money laundering would certainly seem possible but is surely one of the easiest to monitor. As AT Notts observed - number of employees, number of cars, time to wash - all quantifiable in full public eye. There are plenty of other 'enterprises ' where the transaction takes place out of direct observation - think about your van of death. Buy a load of milk, tea, bacon, bread, fat - rake in the dosh.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 09:30
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I'm given to understand that some of the many hair and beauty salons that have opened hereabouts in the last few years have an underlying interest in coffers rather than coiffures...
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In a local supermarket there was a hand washing facility and all was well for a few months, While the operators and their clients built up a good re-pore.Then one week they said they would offer to also clean the inside of the 'regulars' while the shoppers were shopping and that also went well. One particularly busy Saturday, Easter I remember, and the regulars came in and went shopping they returned to find the high end cars all missing. Reported as 5 BMW and Mercs, oh and the car wash operators no where to be seen ...
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I guess the supermarket washed their hands of it.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 15:28
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What a bunch of waxers... sponging off others.
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 16:10
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Old 6th Feb 2019, 16:14
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 00:05
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
Money laundering would certainly seem possible but is surely one of the easiest to monitor. As AT Notts observed - number of employees, number of cars, time to wash - all quantifiable in full public eye. There are plenty of other 'enterprises ' where the transaction takes place out of direct observation - think about your van of death. Buy a load of milk, tea, bacon, bread, fat - rake in the dosh.
As a silly semi-Yank I had to Google "van of death" because I wasn't entirely certain what you were on about.

Some of the results were a bit frightening, as you might imagine (glad I didn't do that on Twitter).

However, I think I've narrowed it down to the little food caravans usually found in car parks or "food trucks" which populate many public squares in the US. (For many years in Texas these were known as "roach coaches," but that's died down now that they are regulated by the local health service.). And I understand some have some posh offerings.

Sorry for the extended thread drift, but I agree there's probably a good potential there for a bit of $ juggling, especially once you take a look at the owners, and especially -- the extended family...

Oh well, I guess I went to the wrong business school.
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 08:18
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CB, well done. The people can of death is one selling slices of donner kebab meat of a slowly rotating slow cooking spit. Slices are cut off the outside in demand and freshly exposed meat is then next to be cooked etc. The faster the trade the less cooked the centre. The slower the trade the longer the meat may 'live' before brunch served.

The favourite time for a kebab is after pub set and the opportunity for uncooked meat quite high.

A fish and chip van serves hot freshly cooked deep fried food. P.S., in Scotland that can include Mars Bars suitably encased in batter.
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 09:07
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P.S., in Scotland that can include Mars Bars suitably encased in batter.
Are Mars Bars widely available in the USA, can't remember seeing them, or their discarded wrappers!
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 09:19
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
I wouldn't believe those number quoted in the "Indeed" link.

I use a facility based out of a former petrol forecourt and last time I was there I did a quick calculation based on number of people working, price and time taken for each vehicle, and I doubt that the money taken would cover anywhere near the figures they quoted, and that's before little matters of NI, water rates, business rates, and of course a nice fat salary for the gang master - sorry, owner. Lads do a bloody good job though, always cheery, always polite and friendly.

Not looking forward to the day, in a couple of years, when it's back to the bucket and portable vacuum cleaner. Another Brexit dividend!! Seriously though, I really don't understand why trading standards don't clamp down on these slave drivers. I'd happily pay a bit more to see them earn a half decent (legal) wage.
Ahh Brexit gets a mention, surprise surprise.
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 10:23
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Mars Bars are available in the US, but they are not real Mars Bars, they are more like a UK Milky Way.
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 11:17
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
CB, well done. The people can of death is one selling slices of donner kebab meat of a slowly rotating slow cooking spit. Slices are cut off the outside in demand and freshly exposed meat is then next to be cooked etc. The faster the trade the less cooked the centre. The slower the trade the longer the meat may 'live' before brunch served.

The favourite time for a kebab is after pub set and the opportunity for uncooked meat quite high.

A fish and chip van serves hot freshly cooked deep fried food. P.S., in Scotland that can include Mars Bars suitably encased in batter.
For the benefit of overseas readers....

If one is accustomed to silver service fine dining, served by a fawning liveried flunkey, then it's highly likely one will never have recoursed to dining at such outlets as described above.

Conversely, the "K n C " Guide to A.la Carte Alfresco Dining " ( 99.99, / $150 plus postage and packing, cash only, no returns permitted ) would dispel the myths posted. As per the States, these roadside / city centre stalls are now much more regulated than in years gone by......a quick look at the outside generally gives a very good clue as to the inside......even my stomach declined to go anywhere near one example that looked like it had been loaned from a scrap yard, outside Dudley bus station.....but the standard of food is surprisingly high elsewhere. Likewise with transport cafes / truck stops.




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Old 7th Feb 2019, 12:28
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post
For the benefit of overseas readers....

If one is accustomed to silver service fine dining, served by a fawning liveried flunkey, then it's highly likely one will never have recoursed to dining at such outlets as described above.

Conversely, the "K n C " Guide to A.la Carte Alfresco Dining " ( 99.99, / $150 plus postage and packing, cash only, no returns permitted ) would dispel the myths posted. As per the States, these roadside / city centre stalls are now much more regulated than in years gone by......a quick look at the outside generally gives a very good clue as to the inside......even my stomach declined to go anywhere near one example that looked like it had been loaned from a scrap yard, outside Dudley bus station.....but the standard of food is surprisingly high elsewhere. Likewise with transport cafes / truck stops.
The thing that puts me off eating in the lay-by vans is the lack of, ahem, facilities!
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Old 7th Feb 2019, 13:58
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but they are not real Mars Bars, they are more like a UK Milky Way
And that's a crying shame. Don't know what they're missing. (but not battered and dunked)

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