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Spotted: A Graffiti Plea

SPOTTED BY: Twitter user Carla D.

WHERE: The back of 533 Richmond Street West.

WHEN: Monday, April 23.

WHAT: Mayor Rob Ford has been pursuing an aggressive anti-graffiti agenda, the focus of which is encouraging people to report vandalism when it appears on walls. The trouble is that when a defaced wall is reported to the City, it’s the owner of the building—not the vandal—who has to bear the cost of cleanup. Effectively, the City’s graffiti rules punish victims. Some bear the perceived injustice quietly, while others remonstrate with the City. This person, though, has taken a more original approach. Maybe kids who aren’t dissuaded by the bylaw will be swayed by this laminated sign. Who knows? In any case, it’s cheaper than paint.

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