'Enraged' driver tries to help out 'squeegee bandit'

JENNA HOUGHTON
Last updated 05:00 24/01/2014
Jayden Pescini and Chris Pester
CHARLOTTE CURD/Fairfax NZ

ROLE REVERSAL: Window washer Jayden Pescini is in the driver's seat as he embarks on a job hunt with help from Chris Pester, who has changed his mind about the squeegee bandit.

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A driver enraged by one of New Plymouth's notorious squeegee bandits has had a change of heart.

Chris Pester noticed a dent in his car on Monday and knew instantly it was made by a window washer at the intersection of New Plymouth's Eliot and Leach streets.

He headed first to the New Plymouth District Council and then to the police station, where he spotted washer Jayden Pescini.

"His uncle was standing by and I had a chat with him. What I realised is this kid is in a shitty situation and he means well," Mr Pester said. "I got a little insight. He's not a total dropkick."

The financial adviser felt he could relate to the teen, and decided to give him a leg up.

"I had a bit of time up my sleeve and took him around to businesses to try to find him a labouring job."

Pester gave the 17-year-old a dress shirt, pants, tie and shoes and said the next step would be creating a CV.

"We've made progress. I'd say he'll have work shortly," he said.

Pescini, who is facing charges of common assault, assaulting police and resisting arrest following an alleged altercation while washing windows last week, agreed to pay for repairs to Pester's car, and said he would continue to look for full-time work.

"He's one out of 100 people in New Plymouth that can stand up. It only takes one person to turn someone's life around," he said.

"The other morning we were angry at each other, but he's given me motivation to go forward, not take a step back."

Pescini said he had had previous work experience in shearing, but started washing windows, earning about $100 a day while unemployed.

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