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Who are the squeegee workers and are they a problem?

  • Aniya Faulcon
In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 photo, Nathaniel Silas squeegees a windshield of a truck stopped at a red light in Baltimore. A debate over Baltimore's so-called squeegee kids is reaching a crescendo as the city grapples with issues of crime and poverty and a complicated history with race relations. Officials estimate 100 squeegee kids regularly work at intersections citywide, dashing into the street as red lights hit to clean windshields in exchange for cash from drivers. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 photo, Nathaniel Silas squeegees a windshield of a truck stopped at a red light in Baltimore. A debate over Baltimore's so-called squeegee kids is reaching a crescendo as the city grapples with issues of crime and poverty and a complicated history with race relations. Officials estimate 100 squeegee kids regularly work at intersections citywide, dashing into the street as red lights hit to clean windshields in exchange for cash from drivers. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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A tragedy that shocked many people last week was the killing of a motorist in downtown Baltimore by a squeegee worker. The confrontation ended with a fatal shooting after the motorist pulled a baseball bat on the squeegee workers. A 15-year-old was arrested in the murder earlier this week.

Squeegee workers, also known as squeegee kids, are mostly teenagers from low-income neighborhoods who clean drivers’ windshields at intersections for money.

Squeegee workers are common in major cities across the country and some complain they are too aggressive, while trying to make a couple bucks.

We’ll here from Robert Lang, Reporter/Anchor at WBAL Radio on Tuesday’s Smart Talk to discuss the squeegee workers and the recent Baltimore tragedy.

Learn more:

Man fatally shot after pulling baseball bat in confrontation with Baltimore squeegee workers identified (baltimoresun.com)

Squeegee worker still at large after shooting of Baltimore driver (wbaltv.com)

Baltimore Squeegee worker shoots man swinging baseball bat – Washington Times

 

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