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Bratton Dismisses Report Of Return Of ‘Squeegee Men,’ Says They’ll Be ‘Taken Care Of’

The New York Post on Aug. 8, 2014. (credit: Jesse Zanger/CBSNewYork)

The New York Post on Aug. 8, 2014. (credit: Jesse Zanger/CBSNewYork)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The bad old days are not back.

That’s the message Police Commissioner Bill Bratton delivered on “CBS This Morning” Friday, following a New York Post report claiming “Squeegee men are back terrorizing NYC streets.”

Longtime New Yorkers will recall the problem: Vagrants accosting drivers at stop lights, spraying windshields of cars, wiping them down and then demanding cash.

Bratton did not agree with the Post’s assessment of the problem.

“Today’s New York Post… you’d think we were being overrun by squeegee pests. They document three people that have been acting as squeegee pests,” Bratton said. “We are not being overrun, those will be taken care of very, very quickly.”

1010 WINS’ John Montone spoke with drivers about the issue.

Are Squeegee Men Returning?

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John Montone reports

“You didn’t ask them, but then when the light changes, you’re stuck, you can’t run them over,” a cab driver named Steven told Montone, reflecting on his time on the roads in the ’80s and ’90s.

“You tell ‘em to go away, they went away,” a cab driver named Shemp told Montone.

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