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Why Are There No Shoe Shine Stands in Singapore?

Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 13 Apr 2010 4:15 pm

Very common to find in office buildings, hotels in many US cities... can't say that I've seen one here.

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Post by Edmundfo » Tue, 13 Apr 2010 4:40 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:Very common to find in office buildings, hotels in many US cities... can't say that I've seen one here.
Because singaporeans have better things to do?

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Post by nakatago » Tue, 13 Apr 2010 5:02 pm

pride? :P
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Post by revhappy » Tue, 13 Apr 2010 5:21 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:Very common to find in office buildings, hotels in many US cities... can't say that I've seen one here.
Probably because the lowest strata of society is very poor in the US, which include illegal immigrants?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 13 Apr 2010 6:20 pm

Mr. Minit?
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Post by carolynW » Tue, 13 Apr 2010 8:02 pm

Its part of the helpers chores or kids do for pocket money.

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Post by observer » Tue, 13 Apr 2010 8:46 pm

Perhaps it's because the asian equivalent to "kissing ass" is "polishing shoe" :)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 13 Apr 2010 9:19 pm

observer wrote:Perhaps it's because the asian equivalent to "kissing ass" is "polishing shoe" :)
Maybe you should change it from asian to Singaporean. There are shoe shine boys all over Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya and other major asian cities as well.
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Re: Why Are There No Shoe Shine Stands in Singapore?

Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:01 pm

revhappy wrote:
Strong Eagle wrote:Very common to find in office buildings, hotels in many US cities... can't say that I've seen one here.
Probably because the lowest strata of society is very poor in the US, which include illegal immigrants?
Mostly blacks, actually... who, incidentally, are hurt the most by the influx of cheap immigrant labor.

Still, a reasonable earning could be made.

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Re: Why Are There No Shoe Shine Stands in Singapore?

Post by Splatted » Tue, 13 Apr 2010 11:52 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
revhappy wrote:
Strong Eagle wrote:Very common to find in office buildings, hotels in many US cities... can't say that I've seen one here.
Probably because the lowest strata of society is very poor in the US, which include illegal immigrants?
Mostly blacks, actually... who, incidentally, are hurt the most by the influx of cheap immigrant labor.

Still, a reasonable earning could be made.
They would have to be located in the right areas, eg around office buildings or CBD.

Everywhere else is mostly flip flop/slipper traffic

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Post by Shrekie » Wed, 14 Apr 2010 2:59 pm

No opportunity I guess. Can't do it in a building without paying some sort of rent, can't do it on the streets without getting some sort of permit.

With the way rentals are in Singapore, they'd probably need to charge $5-$10 per pair of shoes just to cover rent. Now, why in the world would someone want to pay that kind of money for a shoe shine?

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Post by nakatago » Wed, 14 Apr 2010 3:08 pm

Shrekie wrote:No opportunity I guess. Can't do it in a building without paying some sort of rent, can't do it on the streets without getting some sort of permit.

With the way rentals are in Singapore, they'd probably need to charge $5-$10 per pair of shoes just to cover rent. Now, why in the world would someone want to pay that kind of money for a shoe shine?
Nice first post.

I was about to say something like that. Also, there are maids to do it.
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Post by Shrekie » Wed, 14 Apr 2010 3:20 pm

nakatago wrote:
Shrekie wrote:No opportunity I guess. Can't do it in a building without paying some sort of rent, can't do it on the streets without getting some sort of permit.

With the way rentals are in Singapore, they'd probably need to charge $5-$10 per pair of shoes just to cover rent. Now, why in the world would someone want to pay that kind of money for a shoe shine?
Nice first post.

I was about to say something like that. Also, there are maids to do it.
Thanks. I don't quite agree with the maids bit though. I think it's a simple enough task to do on my own.

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Post by nakatago » Wed, 14 Apr 2010 3:28 pm

Shrekie wrote:
nakatago wrote:
Shrekie wrote:No opportunity I guess. Can't do it in a building without paying some sort of rent, can't do it on the streets without getting some sort of permit.

With the way rentals are in Singapore, they'd probably need to charge $5-$10 per pair of shoes just to cover rent. Now, why in the world would someone want to pay that kind of money for a shoe shine?
Nice first post.

I was about to say something like that. Also, there are maids to do it.
Thanks. I don't quite agree with the maids bit though. I think it's a simple enough task to do on my own.
Probably not you personally but you know what I mean...
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 14 Apr 2010 5:19 pm

it's not the maid's job to be washing cars either, but I see 'em doing it every morning as I leave my HDB flat to go to work! :x
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