By reporter Steven Smalley
Whether it’s a random act of destruction, or a pointed act of vengeance – the owner of Hazel House Cleaning
is tired of being the victim. For several years Lisa Harvey’s sandwich boards have been stolen, vandalized, and just plain kicked over. She is not sure if the perpetrators are run-of-the-mill vandals or a rival business out to ruin hers.
“I don’t know why there’s animosity toward me. I’ve been doing this business for over 15 years,” she exclaims. “It’s much more than a $200 sign. It’s my business, it’s my livelihood.”
Over the years police were called so often they stopped responding.
“The sign has been vandalized so many times the police won’t even come out here anymore. They directed us to the website and say just make a note of it. We’re on our own,” adds Kirk Verhey, Harvey’s field supervisor and fiancé.
“There’s a bunch of sandwich boards out in the neighborhood and they don’t get vandalized,” Harvey continues. “There’s a chiropractor, there’s a spa – all kinds of people’s signs stay out there and nothing ever happens to them. My sign keeps getting attacked.”
“We’ve had the sign bombed by paint twice this week alone,” adds Verhey. “I fixed it over, and over, and over again. I am seriously upset.”
As for a permanent solution, Verhey says he doesn’t want more police patrols. He moved to Magnolia, he says, to get away from a heavy police presence.
“I think we need some kind of community watch or community patrol. We need to come together,” he states.
“It’s just bizarre to me. This needs to stop,” says Harvey. “I just might put my sign out there and stake it out… see who’s doing it.”