Store's graffiti anger
A BUNDABERG business says it feels like it is being treated like the "criminal instead of the victim", after receiving complaints from the public about continued vandalism being done to its building.
Bundaberg Furniture Court and Beds R Us owners Melinda and Darren Scheuer said vandals began targeting their Johanna Blvd business bout 12 months ago.
"We've been broken into a number of times as well," Mrs Scheuer said.She said they had been using graffiti remover to rid the 1500sq m building of the vandalism but, every time they did, the graffiti would reappear within days.
"It's like a blank canvas for them," she said.
The locally owned business was dealt another blow on Monday, when a member of the public emailed the Scheuers, accusing them of not taking pride in their store's appearance and demanded they remove the fresh lot of graffiti.
In the email, the person stated he had taken photos of the graffiti - which is only visible on the back of the building, facing Brothers sports grounds - and threatened to take them to the police and to the NewsMail.
"Leaving the graffiti is an open invitation for more and shows a lack of concern for the problem," the man's email said.
But Mrs Scheuer said they had gone to every effort to remove the graffiti from the building, and reported every incident to the police.
"They've got no idea as to how much this costs," she said.
"We're upset and annoyed that people think we show a lack of concern for our business and image.
"We're being treated like the criminal instead of the victim."
Mrs Scheuer said the costs involved in getting the business professionally repainted after each vandalism attack were "astronomical".
"It's purely a cost thing," she said.
"It's just not possible for a small business."