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Time to ban Baltimore’s squeegee kids | READER COMMENTARY

A young man squeegees a windshield on President Street in downtown Baltimore last year. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun).
A young man squeegees a windshield on President Street in downtown Baltimore last year. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun). (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

I am writing to urge the city to institute a ban on youth window washers at all city intersections. I was attacked on my way to work for declining a window wash. I smile and shake my head vigorously, which usually works to get them to bypass my car. Today, however, that didn’t work. Two kids aggressively attacked my car, stopped at the intersection with North Avenue and the Interstate 83 exit, by first spraying, then hitting the windshield with the wiper then kicking the car four different times, and then one of them spat at me on my driver’s window!

This past winter, at a different intersection, a kid reached out and moved a block of snow from my roof to the windshield right in front of me simply because I declined a wash.

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I believe that I, as well as all other city drivers, have the right to go through intersections without having to deal with this level of harassment, let alone aggression. Please, Mayor Brandon Scott, get these kids off the city streets (”‘Total re-imagining’ of downtown Baltimore? Yes, please!” May 11)!

Iris Lindberg, Baltimore

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