Woman’s alleged theft of Bunbury car wash cleaning products sees her caught red-handed

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Ailish DelaneySouth Western Times
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An alleged car wash chemical thief has had a rude awakening after being literally caught red-handed.
Camera IconAn alleged car wash chemical thief has had a rude awakening after being literally caught red-handed. Credit: Titanium Car and Dog Wash Bunbury / Facebook/Titanium Car and Dog Wash Bunbury / Facebook

A West Australian driver has been caught red-handed after her clumsy attempt to allegedly steal cleaning chemicals from a car wash in the South West backfired.

Security footage shows the blonde woman douse her car in pink “pre-soak” fluid allegedly stolen from Titanium Car and Dog Wash Bunbury on Monday night.

But unbeknown to her, the product was a “ridiculously concentrated” acidic chemical used in a two-step process in the automatic car wash cycle and not to be used by the average manual car-washer as it can strip the car’s paint and leave her hands stained for days.

“It’s intended use is in the auto bays where it is heavily diluted and on the car for about 30 secs before it is countered with an equally strong alkaline product,” the business wrote on social media.

“Now while this product is acidic, it is 100 per cent water soluble and with enough scrubbing your now very stained hands will clean without serious harm.”

An alleged car wash chemical thief has had a rude awakening after being literally caught red-handed.
Camera IconAn alleged car wash chemical thief has had a rude awakening after being literally caught red-handed. Credit: Titanium Car and Dog Wash Bunbury / Facebook/Titanium Car and Dog Wash Bunbury / Facebook

The woman can be seen using her hands to smear the bright chemical all over her white car, which the car wash joked could soon be a new shade of grey.

“At the concentrated level and for the 10 minutes it sat on your paint while you scrubbed it in, well how do you feel about gun metal grey,” they wrote.

But it did not stop there.

Red hand prints were found all over the site throughout yesterday on “every machine, door handles, refund shoots”, wrote staff member Daniel Singleton.

It is understood the business does not plan to report the incident to police.

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