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Just downtown tonight ... noticed lots of scratched plate glass ?

Original post made by Anon., Crescent Park, on Nov 29, 2012

I went downtown tonight to eat dinner. We had the usual great salads at Sprouts Cafe, and as we went out the door for a stroll down University and back I began to notice that many many stores and businesses have had their front plate glass windows scribbled on with what I guess are the diamond scribing tools. As we walked from block to block it was pretty much all down the street on random windows.

There is an absolute epidemic of this kind of scratch-fitti and it really makes me mad. I know that these plate glass windows are not cheap, maybe $1000 per window with safety glass and glazing ... perhaps more.

When some idiot scratches all into these windows it ruins them. Maybe someone can tell me different, but as far as I know there is no good way to get those scratches out, the whole window is garbage. In one night one vandal can destroy almost a million dollars of property, or just make everyone on Palo Alto feel crappy because their city has been attacked by low-life scum who do not understand the basic idea of civilization.

I see this scratching all over the place. In mirrors and all over the area in public restrooms and any other place these jerks can hide while they poison and kill everything they touch. There ought to be a shoot on sight order for people like this.

Has anyone else noticed this as much as I have, and what do you think? I think we need cameras in this city and we need to find and make an example of the good for nothing creeps that do this kind of stuff.

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Posted by Shaking Head
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2012 at 1:36 am

Wow, evolutionized graffiti. What a shame. My guess is they are not Palo Alto residents. Extremely frustrating. Perhaps happens in the wee hours.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

Is this some sort of gang initiation activity? I agree, extensive camera surveillance is called for, and active police attempts to catch these idiotic vandals.

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Posted by seen everything
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 30, 2012 at 1:35 pm

From the looks of it, either it is a gang thing, or someone is raving mad at those businesses. This will not be a cheap, easy cleanup. The perps need to be found and prosecuted. It is surprising that there is not more video surveillance downtown in the first place.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

There are so many bums Downtown. Why is this a surprise?

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