Pole patrol

Someone's been tagging the light posts up and down Smith Avenue.

Someone’s been tagging the light posts up and down Smith Avenue.

If you see a guy in a dark hat with a spray can wandering up and down Smith Avenue, you might want to look twice before calling the police.

Yesterday, I spotted a neighbor walking down the street scrubbing graffiti off the light posts at Smith and Baker. Someone’s been tagging them on a regular basis with spray paint, he’s been diligently following up removing the tags. The idea, hopefully, is to convince the vandals that they’re engaged in a futile exercise.

Chemical warfare.

Chemical warfare.

His weapon of choice? Carburetor cleaner. Apparently that and a little elbow grease takes the paint right off.

I’m not going to identify our one-man anti-graffiti squad, lest the city or the vandals take issue with his work. But if you see him out there, you’re welcome to grab a rag and chip in. Or bring him a beer or something.

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