The “free car wash” concept operates on a fundamental truth: If you let people "donate" for a service, most overpay out of guilt. No one wants be the jerk who short-changes the drama club after a thorough sedan scrubbing.
Today, Metro Express Car Wash, the futuristic clean car amusement park on Front and 13th streets, is offering free car washes. But there is one caveat: the Metro folks are accepting donations to benefit ArtFaire, a local nonprofit that “brings arts instruction and supplies to disadvantaged, at-risk and other local children.”
Though you don’t technically have to donate to get a free wash, you’ll probably feel like a good-cause grifter if you don’t at least throw a couple bucks in the bucket.