From the Daily News:
Squeegee men, the aggressive panhandlers who wash your car windows whether you want them to or not, are back.
Armed with buckets and $5 squeegees, a squad of men waded into stalled Times Square traffic Sunday to lather up windshields, swipe them clean and beckon for tips from drivers - some annoyed by the intrusion.
A rare sight when the country's unemployment rate was a mere 5.7%, the reappearance of the crews is an in-your-windshield reminder of 9%-plus unemployment and the highest rate of poverty in 27 years.
For some, they're a powerful symbol that the busted economy is bringing back the bad old days.
Bloomberg had this to say in response:
"The Police Department has a lot to do, but we're not walking away from squeegee guys when they rear their heads ... with their buckets and sponge," he said.