A local business is putting up a cash reward to catch a spray paint-wielding tagger.
Dr. Ed Agnew, owner of the Brandon Dental Centre on Princess Avenue, arrived at work Thursday morning to a message scrawled on the side of his building:
"F--- the the free world (sic)."
Frustrated with the "type of mentality we have in this city," Agnew is offering a $500 reward to anyone with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the culprit.
"I think a judge should make that little sucker clean it off," he said. "This guy is no Banksy," referring to the famous U.K.-based street artist.
A program announced by the Brandon Police Service in April targeted the issue of graffiti in the city by providing graffiti victims with a voucher good for a discount on spray removal products at various locations in Brandon.
But Agnew isn’t convinced that solves the problem.
"I don’t see any sense to that," he said. "It doesn’t stop the person that’s doing it. Why don’t they find out who does this and get the guy up in front of a judge?"
Research in other major cities has shown that when vandalism is cleaned up, there is an increased sense of community pride and it also sends a direct message to the culprits.
Agnew said it doesn’t matter if the graffiti includes swear words or not.
"It doesn’t matter what it says," he said. "The point is that it’s a nuisance and it adds to the degree of maintenance the owners have to do on these buildings and it costs money and time to do that."
The front door of the neighbouring Hurl’s Food Mart was also tagged.
"Whoever is doing it should be made to take that graffiti off and that’s all there is to it," Agnew said.
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