Some bored individual or individuals ruined the property of several individuals in the Wheeler’s Road-Carter Avenue area of Corner Brook after dark Sunday.
According to police, someone — or more that one — broke into a vehicle, stole a few coins and grabbed a spray can of blue paint.
The misfits responsible proceeded to spray the paint on vehicles and homes in the area populated with hardworking people who don’t need this kind of nonsense in their lives.
Without doubt these law-abiding citizens head out to work every day to pay for those same cars and homes and could do without the expense or aggravation of someone looking for a cheap thrill.
If this person or persons are found guilty, they should be dealt with accordingly.
True, there are bigger crimes with more severe outcomes, but that doesn’t diminish the need for these perpetrators to be taught a lesson in respect for other’s property.
The first thing a judge should do if they appear before them and is deemed to be guilty is to order that they clean up the mess they have caused.
A fine or a few days of house arrest will likely be laughed off by anyone who stoops to this kind of childish behaviour.
They might well look on it as a badge of honour rather than a punishment.
Forcing those who carried out spraying of graffiti on the private property of others to right their wrong with a little elbow grease and a few cleaning rags will do more to teach them a lesson than any other punishment.
The thought of hard work usually strikes fear into the hearts of these kind of petty troublemakers.