A clumsy West Australian driver has been caught red handed after allegedly stealing containers of cleaning chemicals from a car wash in a late night heist.

CCTV footage, posted to Facebook by Titanium Car Wash in Bunbury, shows a blonde woman douse her car in what is allegedly stolen pre-soak liquid.

She was obviously unaware that the liquid, which is bright pink, could strip the paint on her car and leave her hands stained with red ink.

After realising the damage that could be done the woman desperately tried to rub the liquid with her hands.

The motorist was caught on camera. Picture: Facebook
The motorist was caught on camera. Picture: Facebook

"To the lovely lady that, in her infinite wisdom, decided to go to our empty drum storage at Titanium Car and Dog Wash Bunbury and then proceed to use the remains of a few containers of pre-soak on her car, I applaud your ingenuity," the business wrote on Facebook.

They said the woman should have read the label given the pre-soak formula she applied is not the same as the one used in the manual car wash bays.

"It is in fact a ridiculously concentrated product used in a two step process in the auto wash cycle," they said.

"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."

But it doesn't end there.

"(Considering the) concentrated level (you used) 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.

The store manager had a bit of a giggle after reviewing camera footage. Picture: Facebook
The store manager had a bit of a giggle after reviewing camera footage. Picture: Facebook

The business did not report the incident to police given what the woman allegedly stole was of little value.

Employee Daniel Singleton also commented on the incident, saying the woman vanished from view while the car was soaking in the acidic liquid.

"She has gone on a little journey of discovery to locate some water and more change," he said.

"As the day has progressed I have found red hand prints all over the site, on every machine and door handles."

It is unclear when the incident occurred.

Originally published as Clumsy 'thief's' car wash mishap



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