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As NYC Tumbles, Scourge of the 90s Returns as Squeegee Men Are on the Prowl

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The dreaded squeegee men who used to approach your car at a red light, clean the window and demand payment after have returned to NYC, according to the NY Post. Photo Credit: CrownHeightsinfo.com

By: Jared Evan

The dreaded squeegee men who used to approach your car at a red light, clean the window and demand payment after have returned to NYC, according to the NY Post

Many are blaming the new Bail Reform laws for setting the general tone of anything goes in New York.

“The panhandling window-washers, who became the face of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s quality-of-life crackdown in the 1990s, were back peddling their spotty services in Manhattan over the weekend,” reports the New York Post.

“A trio of the in-your-face glass swabbers were spotted plying their trade on 40th Street and Ninth Avenue on Sunday — figures from the annals of New York City history that some folks weren’t in the mood for,” adds the Post.

Meanwhile a man arrested 139 times publicly thanked Democrats and the new bail guidelines for his life of crime, mocking Cuomo and de Blasio.

“Bail reform, it’s lit!” yelled the suspect. “It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!”

Fox News Reported: “Charles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since the start of this year. He’s been released each time without having to post bail under New York’s new bail reform law since his alleged offenses were nonviolent, the New York Daily News reported. In the past, Barry’s served several stints in state prison and has a lengthy record, including six felonies, 87 misdemeanors and 21 missed court hearings, the newspaper reported, citing court records.

“It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me, and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!”

“I’m famous! I take $200, $300 a day of your money, cr——r! You can’t stop me!” Barry shouted to reporters. “It’s a great thing. It’s a beautiful thing. They punk’ed people out for bullsh— crimes.”

But Legal Aid Society, which represents Barry, argued the NYPD is using a few cases to spread fear over the new bail reform law, according to Fox News

“Mr. Barry’s case underscores the need for economic stability and meaningful social services, not a need to roll back bail reform,” the society said in a statement. “Locking up Mr. Barry on unaffordable bail or worse, remanding without bail, ultimately does nothing to protect the public and fails entirely to address his actual needs.”

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