A new, most certainly unauthorized public display at the Greater Vernon Museum and Archives has hit a sore spot with residents.
The museum was tagged with spray-painted graffiti over its front entrance and all around the building. A picture of the entrance was posted to Facebook’s Vernon and Area Community Forum page Monday, June 7.
One tag, which appears on the front and rear of the building, appears to read “$HEE$H BB CAKE$.” Another reads “Head on straight. Mask on crooked.”
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP said they are aware of the vandalism and are investigating.
“It looks like the graffiti took place last (Sunday) night,” said museum curator Steve Fleck Monday afternoon. “They got around to a lot of high areas on the museum, and looks like they accessed it from the roof.
Fleck said the Regional District of North Okanagan working with the City of Vernon will remove the graffiti as soon as possible.
More than 50 comments have been received on the social media post, the vast majority upset that the building housing Vernon’s history has been targeted by a vandal.
“I don’t think taxpayers should pay for it as it’s rarely the taxpayer doing it,” wrote one woman. “Catch the person responsible and make them clean, repair and deal with it one way or another. Personally, I’m sick of paying for the cleanup, etc., for the fools that destroy things.”
Another wrote: “Apparently whoever did this needs more academics and less ‘expressing one’s self’ because that’s not even coherent. Let alone the fact that it shows an utter lack of respect for property and ultimately themselves. Sad.”