S. Stretton: Nasty actions ruin fun

I live in Lewiston. I babysit a group of kids after school. Recently, they all worked really hard and made an amazing snowman. They were all so proud of it.

Just a few hours later someone had taken the head off and now it is nowhere to be found. The scarf, hat, buttons and a pipe — all gone.

That is not the first time something like that has happened. For Halloween, we made a scarecrow and the head was taken and smashed.

It breaks my heart to know some punks are getting joy out of destroying the kids' work, and it is breaking my kid's heart. She is only 5, and those kinds of things break her spirit.

It is driving me crazy.

Sarah Stretton, Lewiston

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MARK GRAVE's picture

Depending on your budget,

Depending on your budget, there are a number of low cost video cameras and digital video recorders on the market. These are great tools for capturing perpetrators. If your budget is tight, there a faux camera that can be placed in a visible area to deter this behavior.

I once had strange dealings going on with my garbage can, so I bought one of those cameras that work well under low light conditions. I caught my neighbor on video messing with my garbage can. I still don’t know his motivation, but after a quick trip to kinkos, I had a life sized still of him molesting my garbage can. I displayed it for the entire neighborhood to see. I told my neighbor next time he pulls a stunt like that, I’ll post the video on youtube and send a copy to his employer. His behavior stopped immediately and soon after, he moved and what a blessing that was.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Have you ever considered that

Have you ever considered that he might have just been trying to improve his diet? 0O:-)

Jason Theriault's picture

A solution.

I live in Auburn, and my wife and I park on the street. Some neighborhood kids would occasionally break into our cars and vandalize stuff.

But it has stopped now.

Got a security camera and a motion detection flood light. I think it's more the light than anything, and they only cost $20 or so at Home Depot/Lowes.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Interesting. I always

Interesting. I always imagined you as a three car garage type of guy.

Jason Theriault's picture


Nope,. Maybe some day, but I got a house right at the peak of the housing bubble, so I got a house that was nice, but had some serious issues(no yard, on a hill, no driveway) that made it affordable. Now, for what I owe on the house, I could have gotten a house out by Martindale.

C'est la vie.

I do have a great view of Lewiston/Auburn though.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I've been in those shoes. The

I've been in those shoes. The Pirate knows exactly of what you speak. Still better than paying rent, though, correct?


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