I hope car vandals have a special place in hell

Meredith Shea

It never ceases to amaze me the lack of care some people have for other peoples’ cars.

Each week I read the Police Blotter in this paper, and at least a couple times a month there’s a report about vehicle vandalism.  Every time I read these reports, I want to kick whoever did it in the baby maker and spit on his or her face.  Harsh?  No.  I don’t think so.

At the beginning of last summer, I, like many students, was taking a summer class.  I also happened to have a job at the UMKC Bookstore at the time and I parked in the School of Education parking lot because it was the closest to work and class.

Now, normally I would never park in SOE lot.  I know this is where the majority of car vandalism on campus happens, and I don’t want to risk that happening to my car.  But last summer, the Cherry Street Parking Garage was still under construction, it was hotter than a mofo and I didn’t want to hike across campus before class and work. So, I parked in the SOE lot anyway.

Recently, I have noticed there is a UMKC cop car often parked at the top of the SOE lot.  Now, I’m not sure if it’s UMKC Police’s sneaky way of catching speeders or it’s to monitor this lot that has so many vandalism and theft occurrences, but last summer the lot was not monitored as heavily as it is now.

After a long day of work and class, I trekked down Cherry Street to the SOE lot, took one glance at the passenger door of my beloved 2004 Beetle and my jaw dropped.

Somebody had keyed my door.

I was furious.  I had owned my Beetle for two years at that point, but hadn’t had any external damage done to it at all.  It was in excellent condition, and it was my intent to keep it like that.

I just didn’t get it.  What’s the satisfaction in keying someone else’s car?  Is it really necessary?  How would that person feel if his or her car was keyed?

Part of me wanted to go around keying everyone’s car in the lot, but I knew better.  I refused to succumb to the car perpetrator’s level of stupidity.

I have also recently witnessed several terrifying instances in parking lots around Kansas City.

At CVS a few days ago, I watched an average-sized man get out of his car, slamming his driver door into the passenger door of the car next to his for no reason.  He had plenty of room to get out, but instead decided to make a nice six-inch dent in the side of someone else’s car.

I, too, have one of these dents in my driver side door.  The keying of my car was just the beginning.  Since then, each week I find more damage.

One day I walked outside to find that someone had driven too close to my parked car on the side of the road, hit my mirror with theirs, and shattered mine.  At least my mirror was still functional.  Theirs lay in tiny pieces in the road.  The pieces are probably still there.

People need to start respecting other peoples’ property.  Just because you don’t like Volkswagens is not a good reason to key my car.

Stop being lazy and be careful when getting out of your car.

I really hope there’s a special place in hell for people who purposefully vandalize other peoples’ cars, or at least I hope karma catches up with them eventually.

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