My usual window cleaner is currently away in Afghanistan, a reserve for the Air Force. He is a good-looking charmer, a local lad, really lazy and not very bright but everyone uses him because they all know him/his mother/his wife and DBH plays cricket with him so I can't face getting rid of him. He gives the windows a mere spit and polish and just takes the worst off. He always misses out one window round the side and I have got fed up with reminding him about it, so simply refused to give him more money when he asked for it, and if I am out when he comes round he often misses out another couple that are harder for him to get to, due to plants.
So his replacement turned up this morning. He cleaned meticulously at the front, I was in heaven and wondering how to get him to stay on instead of James. Dreaming of offering him more money.
Then he came round the back. He didn't clean the French windows, and neither of the two back upstairs Velux widows. I was stunned. The ones he has done are excellent, but I certainly shan't offer him more money!
But then I thought, maybe it's about the money? Should I be offering more? I am paying £15, but it only takes about half an hour at most and they work their way up the lane from house to house, so aren't wasting time.
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