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Squeegee men are back
terrorizing NYC streets

New York Post, by Erin Calabrese, Kathleen Culliton *

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Posted By:Ribicon, 8/8/2014 12:07:54 PM

They were the ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980s and early 1990s — and now they’re making a comeback. Squeegee men are menacing motorists across New York City, including spots near the Holland, Lincoln and Queens-Midtown tunnels, as well as the Queensboro Bridge, The Post has learned. Residents and drivers who pass through the areas said the panhandlers are spraying and wiping windshields without permission to shake down drivers for cash. Their sudden return is an ominous sign according to the proven “broken windows” theory that has kept the city safe by having cops crack down

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* and Bruce Golding

You asked for it, you got it: aggressive panhandlers are back as part of the socialist wonderland version of NYC. These guys scramble up to your car, spray it down with a mystery liquid, do a half-baked window wash (or not), and expect you to hand over a dollar or two or they´ll spit on your car, or worse. Imagine driving along like that, at every traffic light.

Fun-loving NY Post writers also work in an amusing dig at the rival NY Daily News.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: harleynyc, 8/8/2014 12:11:05 PM     (No. 9958053)

It´s alarming how there are literally no squeegee women.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: varkdriver, 8/8/2014 12:19:24 PM     (No. 9958065)

#1, there are women working the tunnel entrances (so to speak); they don´t need a squeegee to make money!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 8/8/2014 12:22:24 PM     (No. 9958067)

Go to a bicycle shop and buy some dog repellant spray. Works on dogs of the canine or human genus.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: civilservant, 8/8/2014 12:25:33 PM     (No. 9958073)

While I too am glad to have them back in DeBlasio´s dystopian NYC, allow me to share with my fellow L´Dotters my ol´ 1980´s NYC Squeegee trick.

1/4 inch steel washers.
Toss a handful out at the intersection and yell..."Scramble!!".

And then proceed thru said intersection unmolested.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Scribelus, 8/8/2014 12:25:46 PM     (No. 9958074)

Stop sanitation activities and the pathogens return. The Romans knew this, but Democrats never kearn.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Honeybadger, 8/8/2014 12:31:40 PM     (No. 9958079)

As soon as they approach your car turn on you wipers to high and phone 911 with your location.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/8/2014 12:38:45 PM     (No. 9958090)

Best solution - stay out of NYC.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: lazlototh, 8/8/2014 12:47:02 PM     (No. 9958100)

They started coming out when Bloomberg took over too. It was a sad lesson to me, as it confirmed to me what I´d suspected - that bad actors don´t go away and are constantly waiting for signs of weakness to exploit no matter how long it takes. There is a lot to complain about in Michael Bloomberg but tolerance of crime is not one of them. This will be an interesting test, since I strongly suspect that DiBlasio misses the 1992 NYC with its 2100 homicides and complete degradation of all city resources and facilities. I still bike ride through 4 boroughs once a week and look for signs of degradation - I´ve found few so far but the jury is still out. The squeegee people are horrible because they exploit the vulnerable at vulnerable spots - I want to see DiBlasio out but I also want to see the squeegee people go.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: antiquegolf, 8/8/2014 1:00:22 PM     (No. 9958122)

Car alarm and horn blasts too.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dbdiva, 8/8/2014 1:07:18 PM     (No. 9958134)

I remember these guys well. Back in the 80s I traveled to NYC every two weeks on business. Yikes, coming out of the Lincoln tunnel into the city was a nightmare! As soon as we left the tunnel on went the wipers. We endured many middle finger salutes. Haven´t been there since 1995 and have no plans to visit there again.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: hurricanegirl, 8/8/2014 1:20:00 PM     (No. 9958149)

Why not just point those little spray nozzles on your windshield so that they spray to the side and not on the window. Then when the "hoodlum" is poised to "attack," suddenly decide to "wash" your windows. Ooops! Did I just squirt you in the face? So sorry. Bye-bye!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 8/8/2014 1:24:54 PM     (No. 9958159)

I suppose there´s something to be said for them at least "working" a bit rather than taking money by sheer force, although they may do that when the sun goes down.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ocjim, 8/8/2014 1:55:05 PM     (No. 9958206)

Dinkins redux.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: woodenleg, 8/8/2014 3:24:19 PM     (No. 9958292)

6 months after Marxist DeBlasio took office, petty crimes start to creep up……..3 years after he takes office and the city will have fallen back to it´s 70´s despair.
Luckily, I am planning to retire soon and will be out of the state soon after.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: tswiii, 8/8/2014 4:16:24 PM     (No. 9958348)

I recall as a child driving through Mexico only to see the Mexicans doing the same thing. If they don´t watch out, soon the Mexicans will be replacing these guys in NYC.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/9/2014 12:32:20 AM     (No. 9958773)

Crime is creeping up with DeBlasio mayor and Police Commissioner Kelly gone, and Bratton replacing him.

Just read the "Police Blotter" section of the Post. Some pretty ugly stuff starting to happen again.

DeBlasio´s sit-down with Al Sharpton didn´t help.

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