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Lake City car wash gets kids on right track

Two brothers in Lake City are using their business, Notch Hand Car Wash, to keep young men off the streets and put them on a better path. (WPDE)

Two brothers in Lake City are using their business, Notch Hand Car Wash, to keep young men off the streets and put them on a better path.

Arthur Harris loves putting smiles on costumers' faces.

"I started working here because I see how happy costumers coming back and forth," Arthur Harris said.

He has worked at the car wash for over a year and he has learned more than how to wash a window.

"I’m teaching them actually how to be men; how to be gentlemen," Tharrington Harris said.

Tharrington Harris and his brother, Rodney, started Notch Hand Car Wash about 21 years ago.

"I was going in the wrong direction," Harris said, "it cost me my freedom a little bit, but it made me get into this. So I can help others make a change, too."

He is using his experience to mentor the employees he hires.

"By me being up here I don’t have time for the streets and none of that," Arthur Harris said.

"A lot of them they, don’t want to go that path but if they don’t have no knowledge on how not to go that way then they won’t. So that’s what we strive to keep them going so they can teach others also," Harris said.

The eight to 10 young men he hires are taught the value of hard work and how to manage money.

"All of them now have a bank account; just show them that they can manage their money and they can use the bank," Harris said.

Harris also helps teens who need community service hours.

"Their probation officers come to me and will work, like I’ll work their hours on working it off," Harris said.

Arthur Harris said he has picked up some valuable life lessons.

"A lot of respect and taking care of property," Arthur Harris said.

During the summer the teens also mow lawns and the Harris brothers will take them on outings.

The car wash is open Monday to Saturday 8 to 5 p.m. on West Main St. in Lake City.

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