Last month, a few punks with a can of spray paint made their way through Pointe-Claire Village and left their so-called tag – a mark, essentially – wherever the mood struck them.
By the time their little spree was over, they had defaced stop signs, store fronts, brick walls and, of course, the large mural that depicts how life in the village has changed over the centuries. The mural was unveiled earlier this year. It takes up an entire wall of the now-closed grocery store on Lakeshore Rd.
This little gang of hoodlums – or maybe it was just one or two irresponsible delinquents – probably thought they were cool, defiant, anti-establishment. Who knows what went through their brains? The bottom line is whatever they thought they were, they’re not.
They are nothing more than stupid, disrespectful criminals. The last thing they are are artists.
They painted two letters, what looked like “VC,” everywhere they went. A few readers online posted comments claiming they knew who was behind this hooliganism. The so-called “crew” might have a name – several, in fact, according to readers. Of course, this only means they have done this all before, probably a few times. But to what end?
Over at Pointe-Claire city hall, officials have commissioned a cleanup crew to erase the scribble, which they have done with efficiency. The quick action is said to contribute to dissuading these thugs from targeting the area again. The idea is to deprive them of their bragging rights.
There is some merit to this approach, I suppose. But wouldn’t you want them to be caught by the authorities? Someone has to know who these guys are. According to readers’ comments on the initial story that we posted on this website, the “VC” tag is not new. Someone needs to pick up the phone and give the city and/or the police some information. Enough. This is our community they are defacing.
Let me know what you think. Feel free to add a comment below.
West Island Gazette