Residents in one of Manhattan’s swanky neighborhoods have launched a petition demanding that New York City’s elected officials do something about a crazed homeless woman who allegedly spits and harasses residents, including kids.
The villain has been seen on the city’s Upper East Side for years, but now locals are tracing her movements via a Facebook group so residents can avoid her attacks. So far, the effort to get the mayor’s attention has gotten over 1,000 signatures.
The petition states in part:
“For years, there has been a woman who has been wandering the streets of the upper east side who screams yells and spits on people. Pedestrians see her on a daily basis, and despite numerous calls to police, the public was told to turn a blind eye. This woman is not only a nuisance, but she is a threat as she is assaulting people vilely with saliva. She mainly spits on children, while also hissing and yelling at them.”
The petition’s author, Jackie B., also describes a new co-conspirator: the homeless woman’s son. Described as “a tall man,” he “also yells at pedestrians, and serves as her bodyguard.” Commenters on the petition described their encounters with the domestic terrorist:
“Because this has become a huge problem and as someone who has a toddler and another on the way it’s imperative that the city gets this woman help and off the streets. It is terrifying to be caught on the street with her and worry that you and your kids have to run before being spit on or screamed at. The sheer look of terror in kids’ faces when she’s screaming at the top of her lungs is horrifying,” wrote Amy Silverman.
Lisa Birnbach, another resident of the Upper East Side, wrote, “She spit on me at the old HSBC ATM room on Third & 86th. It was unpleasant if not dangerous.”
Meanwhile, as Manhattan’s picturesque neighborhoods crumble, Mayor Bill de Blasio has been busy holding photo ops next to bronze statues of little girls.
Full disclosure: I’m an Upper East Side resident—I live a block away from her Thunderdome—and I can’t recall ever seeing this spitting demon.
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