Buy some flowers from Joanne at BART today if you can

A hammer dent left from Thursday night's attack on the Glen Park BART station.

When a gang of hooligans posing as protesters got to the Glen Park BART station Thursday night, destruction and economic ruin seemed more on their minds than actually affecting whatever change it was they imagined they might be creating.

They used hammers to smash all the ticket readers into the station except the one for bicycles and wheelchairs, and then turned their sights on the flower stall of Joanne, the woman who’s been selling flowers at BART for years. They pulled down and smashed some of her lights, at an unknown cost to this small business owner.

They also cost taxpayers whatever it took to  pay  five BART staffers for the full day it took them to replace the destroyed ticket machines.

In a perfect world, those responsible would compensate Joanne for her losses. In the real world, it’s likely up to us as neighbors to stop buy and pick up some flowers today ‘just because’ and help her out.

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From the San Francisco Chronicle

SAN FRANCISCO —

Vandals damaged vending machines at BART’s Glen Park Station in San Francisco, hours after at least two dozen people were arrested during a protest at the Powell Street Station, officials said Friday.

About eight to 12 men dressed in black hoodies used hammers to smash fare gates, eight Clipper Card readers and ticket vending machines at the Glen Park Station about 9:45 p.m. Thursday, said BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver.

The vandals tore lights off a flower booth and spray-painted “Osca” in black on train schedule signs, apparently in reference to the fatal BART police shooting of Oscar Grant in 2009, and “Charles Hill” in white letters on the ground of the station’s plaza, Salaver said.

The group then left the station. No arrests were made.

BART believes the incident was linked to the protest hours earlier at the Powell Street Station downtown, the most recent in a string of demonstrations against the transit agency that began after the fatal police shooting of Hill on July 3 at the Civic Center Station.

Hill, 45, was allegedly winding up to throw a knife at a police officer when the officer shot him to death.

BART thinks the vandalism was linked to the Powell Street Station protest because of “the timing of the destruction … the words spray-painted on BART property and the fact that what these individuals were wearing matched the description” of protesters’ clothing, Salaver said.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/09/BACH1L2EF6.DTL#ixzz1XZ8qWEAn

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18 responses to “Buy some flowers from Joanne at BART today if you can

  1. Thanks for reporting about this. I did not know about this vandalism until now. No good will come from this property destruction. Only bad. It will also undermine the original complaints stemming from questionable BART police shootings and cell phone service cut offs intended to disrupt protestors. Shutting down communication services to block unpopular speech is a slippery slope and a dangerous precedent. All of that will now be lost and overshadowed because of this vandalism. This is all very troubling.
    -David Elliott Lewis

  2. fabri

    I hope life gives them their just rewards.

  3. You shouldn’t present this site as “news” and then go on to make ad hominem attacks against the folks that did this.

  4. elizabethweise

    Yes, this is an ad hominem attack in that I do very much want to attack the moral character of the people who did this. Destroying the property of a widow with a small business did nothing to support their cause and everything to harm someone they did not know nor appear to care about. How did that aid in their goal of changing the behavior of BART?

  5. bs

    Stu, how is this an example of ad hominem attacks? Is it a fact or not that Joanne’s stall was damaged while she has nothing whatsoever to do with BART police’s actions? Not to mention attacking the ticket readers only causes problems for commuters, not BART police or Board of Director. The folks who did this certainly did not engage in constructive criticism of BART. I would support them if they legally exercised their right to speech and not engaged in the destruction of public property. Frankly BART should install video cameras so in the future they can prosecute such individuals.

  6. jc

    Elizabeth, thank you for reporting this news. Stu, suggesting that these perpetrators are somehow “victims” is ridiculous.

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