We have shoe shine boys at work

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  1. Dainty Jainty

    Dainty Jainty New Member

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    They're young latino guys. I heard they were Brazilian. They're cute and tiny and super polite and sweet. I work at a financial firm. The guys are not employees. They're contracted out to come make the rounds at our offices once a week it seems.

    They walk around with their kits, walk into offices whose doors are open and quietly ask, "Shoe shine, sir?" The guys are regulars so the executives will either say, "Oh no, I'm good, thanks!" or, "Sure!" If yes, they will whip off their shoes and hand them to them.

    The shoe shine guys then take the shoes to the hallway outside the office, sit on their kit box, and shine for about 3-5 minutes. I'm not sure how much they get paid but it seems to be a decent amount and they're always tipped.

    The first time I saw all this I was shocked and amazed. I did not know such things happened in offices. I felt bad for the guys, as if they were slaves in a way but it turns out they're happy to do the gig. I heard somewhere that 'professional' shoe shine guys can make something like $4K a month!!
     
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    Aren't you a chick? :scratch:
     
  3. Doug Masters

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    not reading :no:
     
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    My life is now changed. Thank you.
     
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    we used to have that. i miss them.
     
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    Um, yes... and... ?
     
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    For as advanced as Manhattan is, its a huge step back in many ways. I love to see that, though.
     
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    Why would a chick care about shoeshines? :scratch:
     
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    watch your purse :coffee:
     
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    She is. And she won't fart in front of her uptight man. :hilarious:

    :jj:
     
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    My wife's great grandpop...got off the boat from Italy, started shining shoes and managed to build a small empire(in relative terms) on that income

    he owned like 5 houses when he died
     
  13. Dainty Jainty

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    Yeah, I suppose in your military-esque work environment it'd take too long for the guys and their kits to get wanded and searched. :)
     
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    Shine Mention!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cheer:
     
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    #TeamShine :cheer:
     
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    I only get a sense of superiority if i'm in one of those giant wooden chairs, shoes on while they shine.

    That shoes in the hallway thing is kinda bunk.
     
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    Paid A decent amount. :funny:

    I'm sure they're killing it.
     
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    they disappeared after 911. everyone was really nervous about "strangers" on the floors. i keep getting the polish on my hands now when i do my own shoes.
     
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    I'm fascinated by all walks of life. My younger brother taught me how to shine shoes. He learned how to in the Army. I still have my full kit. The only leather shoes I have now that would need to be shined are my winter snow boots. I polish them mostly in order to protect the leather from cracking, drying out, and getting worn (and thus no longer moisture-resistant).