‘Kid Cancer’ graffiti sightings continue in Collier County
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Over the past two weeks, four areas across Collier County have reported seeing “Cancer” spray-painted on a surface. The latest instance was outside the Golden Gate Traffic and Driving School off of Golden Gate Parkway Tuesday night.
Owner, Joe Rivera noticed it after seeing NBC2’s report that night, as he was pulling out of the driveway behind his building. The words “Kid Cancer” were spray-painted in black.
“We’ve been here for 20 years,” Rivera said. “There’s really never any problems down here.”
He believes “Kid Cancer” did it sometime before Saturday morning.
“It’s a weird tag I mean there’s just two bazillion other names you use other than that, unless he’s that bad like cancer,” Rivera said.
Others on 28th Avenue Southeast believe “Kid Cancer” is trying to send a different message about overdevelopment in Collier County.
One neighbor spotted “Cancer” tagged on mobile light towers down the street near Everglades Blvd South, noticing a common theme between the vandal’s targets, construction equipment.
“If you wanted to save this out here. By gosh, we’ll be right behind you but do it in a better way,” Teri Escamilla said.
Tom O’Riordan, Owner of Superior Pressure Cleaning said vandalism isn’t the way to go especially because it puts the burden of cleaning up on the victim.
O’Riordan’s crews charge by the hour. But he said you can take matters into your own hands.
“There’s some great products you can get say from Home Depot etcetera,” O’Riordan said. “There’s a product by Goof-Off that’s a graffiti remover. It works on most surfaces.”
Over time, graffiti will bind itself to surfaces.
O’Riordan said it’s important to take action quickly. If you use a spray bottle graffiti remover, be sure to test a small section before applying all over.
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