They are spoiling our community – and the community is striking back.
A restaurant has put a bounty on the head of a vandal who has targeted at least one institution in the town, and could have also been caught on film the week before.
Vandalism is becoming an unpalatable part of the Cambridge diet – and in response residents are turning to social media to catch the crims.
Alpino Cambridge’s Facebook page announced the bounty alongside footage of a pot-pushing vandal taken just before midnight on Saturday.
“Who would know this joker,” the post read. “He had nothing better to do last night 11.45pm. Help us find him. $200 Alpino Voucher as reward… what’s wrong with people.”
The video footage showed the cap-wearing vandal shove over a large pot before continuing his wide stride down Victoria St, toting what looks like a soft serve ice cream.
Alpino owners Noel and Kim Cimadom were surprised the person, which looked like a young man, could push the pot so casually, having required three men to move their other identical pot.
With another vandalism incident occurring in Leamington on the same night, as well as glass being smashed at a bus stop further down the road, the couple thought it may have been the same person. “It’s like he’s gone on a rampage,” Kim said. “It’s more concerning what makes a person do that, why is he so angry? That concerns me more than my pot.”
Despite losing a ceramic beauty valued at around a thousand dollars, the Cimadoms say what they’re really concerned about are the more important issues in society, like sustainable recycling and climate change, and problems facing other businesses in the Cambridge CBD.
“We know many more people have had serious vandalism issues on Victoria St, well beyond tipped pots,” Kim said, adding that they wished to thank the public for their response.
“Facebook is a very powerful tool,” said Noel. “The post has reached around 36 thousand people… It’s a lot, we’ve never reached that.”
The Alpino Facebook page has seen a surge in “Likes” (followers) as a result of the viral post, and the owners say they intend to stand by their offer of a $200 Alpino voucher for the person that can successfully identify the perpetrator.
Police have been informed of the matter and additional CCTV footage in the area was due to be assessed this week.
Waipa District Council spends tens of thousands of dollars on repairing intentional damage to signs, bus stops, street furniture (such as seats and bins) and removing graffiti each year.
The Facebook assessment:
In response to the Alpino posting, Robyn Chappell of Huntington Stables Retreat Accommodation pledged $100 “towards the replacement of this gorgeous pot”.
“Many of our valued guests have enjoyed the Alpino dining experience. We are totally gutted that someone deliberately broke one of those beautiful pots that welcome diners to the restaurant,” she said on the Facebook post. “Like all small businesses, the owners of Alpino Cambridge, their families and staff work incredibly hard to provide a wonderful, authentic and unique eatery for locals and to visitors to our town. We hope this vandal is found.”
The body corporate chair of Lakewood Cambridge also chimed in, “Wonder if it’s the same guy that the week before walked around Lakewood Cambridge and pulled out plants. This footage is from Hells Pizza and shows him in action,” Mary Anne Gill wrote.
The video can be viewed by searching Alpino Cambridge on Facebook.