Thursday, October 16, 2008

Graffiti Wall Vandalized

A 30'-long wall in Wadebridge Cornwall was erected to give local graffiti artists a place to show off their work. The construction materials and labor was donated by local businesses and not taxpayers. But at least one taxpayer was unaware of this.

Someone snuck into the area and vandalized the wall with the notice, "I PAID MY TAX AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY WALL!!..."

Now it appears taxpayer money will have to be spent on investigating the crime and covering the remark.

The interesting thing is that, while some people find it silly to cover this graffiti, others note there is a difference between graffiti and vandalism, which has sparked interesting linguistic debates. However, all of the townspeople were given the opportunity to discuss their feelings on the project prior to construction, leading Sergeant Robin Moorcroft, who came up with the idea in the first place, to label the vandal a "coward."

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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