Look who's back - squeegee men return to terrorise New York
Before crime-busting Mayor Rudy Giuliani cleaned up New York, the city's motorists were terrorised by squeegee men - determined vagrants who menaced drivers at traffic lights, applying their filthy rags to windscreens. But just when drivers thought it was save to get back on the roads, the squeegee men are back in New York and they're as annoying as ever. Maria Berrios, 49. who has lived in Midtown Manhattan for 30 years, is shocked at the return of the squeegee men. "I hadn’t seen those guys in 20 years,' she said. 'I’m a grandma now — the last time I saw one of them, my kids were in the car." "When I saw one today, I was f- -king shocked," she added, noting he hides his squeegee gear and "pretends to direct traffic" whenever cops come by. But one of the rogue men defended his craft. "Doing it this way is better than going out and selling drugs, sticking people up," said the man, who wouldn’t give his name. "I’d rather be doing this than to go back to what I was doing before Giuliani came into office: pimping . . . selling drugs, all that. "I need to pay rent, and this is the best way to do it."