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Citizen complaint of the day: Melted ads on car windshields

Melted ad in South Boston

A peeved citizen is unlikely to patronize the Dorchester Street laundry that left a flier on his or her car:

[They] left a flier on my car windshield that now has melted and cannot get off. Who should I report to that they are defacing my private property?

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Talk about a captive audience.

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its like $2. Yes it's annoying, but so isn't you making a huge deal of it.

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but so isn't you making a huge deal of it.

As long as we're talking about things not to make a huge deal over, even though I am a lifelong Bostonian, this particular local speech mannerism still irritates like nails on a chalkboard every time I hear it.

Oh, and, while I'm at it, you kids get off my lawn.

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Solvents can permanently damage your windshield finish.

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I think it's citrus oil...not sure if that'll melt a windshield. Also not sure if I"m confusing the product with an infomercial.

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It's solid glass.

The best thing to clean this with would be a fresh paint scraper razor blade with soapy water. In fact, doing the whole windshield will remove any built up crud.

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GoonGone? Where can I get some of this magic stuff? There are plenty of goons I'd like to take off the streets!

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Even if each individual car owner just has to pay a couple bucks to get some cleaning solvent, multiply that by the number of cars an ad campaign and those damages start to add up. Not to a huge catastrophe, but a non-trivial bit of property damage. Maybe the nice thing to do would be to inform the laundry directly that they're using inappropriate materials instead of going to 311, but it's not like anyone's gonna go to jail for this or anything.

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Maybe this is a plot to sell more GooGone! The laundrymat is just a cover!

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You can either A, sue them and spend money on legal fees or B grab a bottle of goo gone and window cleaner.

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Or C) go to the door and say hey! your flyers are sticking to peoples windshields, could you clean mine off? Keep this in mind next time you distribute flyers!

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Not deliberate on my part but yea, I see the similarities.

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I'd imagine the police are a good first choice. If they're not the right people to talk to to try to get them prosecuted for vandalism, then they'd know who are.

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Find the person who put it on the car, tackle them on the sidewalk, bang their heads to the sidewalk, call for them to be arrested. After all this is willful destruction of property since they attacked your parked car, cracked your windshield and didn't have the right of way to do this....

Oppsss. Am I getting my issues mixed up? Sorry.

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LOL, that was my thought - call Mr. Red Sox jersey police officer and have someone put one of those stickers on his windshield.

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I'm sure that's right at the top of the priority queue for district C-11.

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The people who put those on windshields might not realize that they stick like that. Why not call the business & let them know?

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They shouldn't be littering in the first place. Doesn't matter if it's sticky litter or just regular litter.

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I actually had this exact same thing happen to me in Fenway 3-4 years ago with an ad for a different laundry company. I emailed them that their flyer decimated my windshield and to suggest using regular (not glossy) paper on their flyer so that it wouldn't stick. I obviously was not expecting anything back, but got an email saying they would send me $10 for a car wash. I emailed back my address (again expecting at most a turd on my doorstep), but a few days later I got a check in the mail. Victory!... or at least compensation for my 30 minutes of griping/windshield scraping.

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that would melt onto a windshield in the first place?

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The rain hits the flyer, and dissolves the stuff that is applied to the surface to make it glossy. The sun comes out, dries up all the rain, and the eensy weency spider dissolved gooey stuff hardens back into glue, firmly sticking the flyer to the window. Took me 15 minutes with goo-gone and a razor blade to get a (ironically) car wash flyer off my window.

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need to be of materials that make them glossy? As the saying goes, there's one born every minute.

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This happens often when I am being lazy and leave recyclable paper on the counter near my sink.
Papers get wet when I wash the dishes, and stick when I don't remove them immediately.
All that is needed is more water - or windshield washer fluid.
Annoying? Yes, but really NBD

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do you leave junk mail in your mailbox too?

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