Squeegee kids proved well be­haved and help­ful

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES -

Hav­ing been vo­cal in the past, along with lots of other city res­i­dents, about the neg­a­tive im­pact of squeegee kids on Bal­ti­more, I have to give a shout out to the squeegee kids on Or­leans Street (U.S. 40 East), just west of the Jones Fall Ex­press­way. Over the past few months, I’ve been through their in­ter­sec­tion and was pleas­antly sur­prised that they ac­tu­ally go to the trou­ble to “ask” (through hand mo­tions and fa­cial ex­pres­sions) if you want to have your wind­shield washed. A sim­ple shake of the head and they walk by with no un­de­sired squirt­ing, no con­fronta­tional at­ti­tude.

Given this po­lite ap­proach, I’ve had my car win­dows washed sev­eral times, and they do an ex­cel­lent job and with good equip­ment (qual­ity spray bot­tles filled with good clean­ing prod­ucts) and good squeegees. If you opt for the clean­ing, you get not one but two guys who give you a pro­fes­sional clean­ing, not the usual “spray and wipe.” This ex­pe­ri­ence is so re­fresh­ing. If this was the norm for all squeegee kids, it could turn what has been a sig­nif­i­cant neg­a­tive into a pos­i­tive for Bal­ti­more, not only for res­i­dents but for vis­i­tors as well (“Enough is enough with squeegee kids,” Dec. 26). That’s some­thing our may­oral can­di­dates should con­sider.

Jerry Cothran, Bal­ti­more

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