How in the world can they criminalize it?
Give a kid a ticket. Kid has no money so throws it out.
Give kid another ticket for not paying the first one. Kid throws out ticket.
Repeat as necessary.
What could happen eventually? The kid could lose driving privileges. What driving privileges? The kid could go to jail. Who wins? Is s/he going to emerge from jail a changed person, deciding that they were wrong to be poor, and go get an apartment and a job? Gee whiz, it’s a good thing there’s prison to teach us what to do with our lives !
What makes you think you know what’s best for the kids, better than they do?
The reasons I have heard to criminalize it are basically “they intimidate me.” Does our society now decide what’s legal based on what’s intimidating? Furthermore, I know that in this society, the comfort of the rich is often deemed to be more important than the lives of the poor, but I refuse to go along with it.
Look, these kids have no money. Although squeegeeing (sp?) may, from the comfort of your car, look like a glamorous way to make easy money, I can assure you that it is not.
It also amazes me that the same people who don’t give to panhandlers - “Go get a job, you’re able-bodied” - are so often the same people who won’t give to squeegee kids, who have a job. They do work, they get paid for the work they do. It is not a job you would have chosen but again, they are not you. If they were they wouldn’t need to squeegee.
And again it needs to be pointed out that threatening you, stealing from you, etc, are already illegal. If you don’t want to pay them, for the love of god, don’t pay them ! I understand that you may feel threatened as you sit in your car. Guess what? I feel threatened by things quite often, and never do I have the right to say “Hey, I feel threatened ! Make that illegal !”
“That guy is making me nervous - arrest him !” is an acceptable thing to say if he’s living on the street?
Some more food for thought:
A study from the University of Guelph
And finally, although I risk being dismissed as a smug leftie, I need to point out that I have never once been bothered by a squeegee kid, although I live by the lakeshore in Toronto. It’s quite simple. I don’t drive.