A popular Chatham Facebook page compared a collection of car wash funds in bikini with ‘P-Valley’, which caused clashes between neighbors

Chatham – tensions exploded in a Facebook group on the south side earlier this month after a local company organized a bikini car wash to raise money for school supplies.

Ravvising Cabello The owner Kijwana Thompson organized the collection of funds on August 14 in the parking lot of her store, 72 E. 75th St. has organized the event during the last five years, gathering friends, family and stylists to “wash cars and pass a good time”. Thompson said.

Thompson buys back-to-school items, like backpacks and school supplies and surprise gift cards, for families. She uses the proceeds from the car wash as reimbursement, she said. She delivers the items to families passing by or stopping by the business, she said.

This year, the Thompson team spent about $ 2,000 on school supplies, gift cards and hairstyle services for families returning to school, and raised around $ 600 from this year’s car wash, said Thompson.

“We go out as family and friends and we help each other out because we’re doing it for a good cause,” Thompson said. “We never really take a lot of photos or videos or just tell a lot of people about it, but it’s something we do for kids every year.”

A popular Chatham Facebook page compared a collection of car wash funds in bikini with 'P-Valley', which caused clashes between neighbors 17E39667 71C1 4CD7 A003 0BF65411A14DCredit: Kijwana Thompson
Ravvishing Hair, 72 E. 75th St.

Thompson organized the August event without incident. He received the approval of the local police districts, provided that “he did not block traffic or sidewalks and maintained the event in private property,” said Thompson.

Four days later, Chatham’s worried Facebook page posted on cars and told the members that they reported Thompson’s business to the city’s business department.

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Worlee Glover, a Chatham resident for decades who run the Facebook page, compared the event with the Starz series “P-Valley”, which tells the stories of people working in a Striptease club in a fictional city in Mississippi .

“There were reports this weekend that some young women thought they could turn 75th Street, Chicago, into Chucalissa, Mrs. with a bikini-clad car wash,” the post read. “It was alleged that they were operating out of the Ravvishing Hair 72 E. 75th parking lot.”

But the most recent complaint received by the Department of Commercial Affairs and Consumer Protection of the city about Ravvishing Hair was in March 2020, “and none of the complaints mentions ‘car wash with bikini’,” said spokeswoman Elisa Sledzinska in a statement.

Glover said in an interview that she had never heard of bikini car washes. A friend tagged him in a Facebook post alerting him to the car wash days after it happened, he said.

Glover published it in Conerned Citizens because he worried what type of business he would attract bikini cars and that traffic could prevent neighbors from reaching their homes, he said.

“The comments [on my friend’s post] made it seem like this was more than women washing cars,” Glover said. “I spoke to someone who witnessed it and he said it wasn’t a bikini car wash. It was more than that. A bikini car wash to raise money for school supplies left a question on my mind. Why did you have to go to such lengths to raise money for school supplies?

Neighbors flocked to Glover’s stand. Some linked the event to problems in the community.

“My building is a few blocks from there. Chatham has sunk, ”said a person. “It used to be a beautiful neighborhood, now it’s a hot ghetto mess.”

Others joined to support Thompson, his business and car wash.

“I see zero criminal activity for fundraising for the event back to classes,” said one person. “What if we begin to worry about the real criminals who are taking away from our communities instead of the people they are returning?!?!? This world is ass backwards…”

Thompson also commented on Glover’s publication and said that Ravvishing Hair has organized the event in the community for years with the police permission. She asked for suggestions for next year’s fundraiser “to move the needle forward.”

“As a small prominent black property, it has always been a pleasure to serve the chatham community,” Thompson published. “The mission of my life is to raise and empower my community, family and friends! … I associate me with related people who want to see a change and are actively on the way to make a difference! ”

Glover responded, telling Thompson to take the matter to a community meeting.

“You know where you should go to Park Manor’s neighbors meeting and you know the contact, so thanks for this diatribe,” Glover replied.

Thompson said the publication and some of the comments were “defamed his character and business”, but he was pleased to see that friends and strangers supported her.

The characterization of the event was unfair and most of the women who participate wear underwear or shorts, Thompson said. If Glover had approached her instead of publishing on social networks and “talking about my business as if I were in charge of a hoe or something,” she would have been willing to explain the purpose of car wash.

Instead, Glover’s backlash makes Thompson “want to be bigger,” he said.

Next year, Thompson is prepared to “become a community leader” and ask neighbors to come and support funds, he said.

“Instead of criticizing their people, go and talk to people and know them to see who they are before making assumptions,” said Thompson. “If I had come and I would have told me something, maybe something could have changed for next year. Now, I’m going harder. I’m going to put myself in tune with the Chatham area. ”

A popular Chatham Facebook page compared a collection of car wash funds in bikini with 'P-Valley', which caused clashes between neighbors 8DD128C6 D7FC 45DF 8CE6 8254CDBF8355Credit: Kijwana Thompson
Kijwana Thompson organized her fund collection event for the return to classes on August 20. She is set to “get bigger” next year, she said.

This won’t be the first or last time Glover’s Facebook page gets attention, he said. He hopes Thompson will make good on his promise to him next year, she said.

“I’ll see her at the Park Manor Neighborhood Community Meeting and we’ll talk about it,” Glover said. “She has to take some steps back and reach out to the community. The next time she wants to do it, let her know.”

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