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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — If you want a clean car, you’re going to have to do it yourself.

Col. Timothy McNulty, the Area II commander, has halted the informal car-washing service in the post exchange parking lot, said spokesman John Nowell.

On most weather-permitting days, older Korean men roamed the lot, asking drivers if they wanted a car wash for $5. They then wheeled over buckets of steamy water, washing cars fairly quickly before moving on to another.

Often, the ajossis — as older men in Korea are known — could clean more than a dozen cars a day. But patrons complained about damage such as scratches, Nowell said.

The base didn’t contract the service, and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service didn’t employ the workers, Nowell said. The workers had installation passes for other jobs on base.

“What we found was that some of these folks are custodial folks and during break go and make few extra bucks,” Nowell said.

So the workers have been ordered to give up their sidelight and return to their normal jobs. Signs are now posted forbidding car washers in the lots.

Nowell said there are other options for a clean car. Two self-service bays are open at the Auto Skills Center on south post near 8th Military Police Brigade headquarters. The charge for soap, sponge and a shammy is $2.


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