Business Deals With Graffiti Eyesore

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

An Omaha business owner returned after the holidays to find an unwanted gift on the side of the building. It’s a big display of graffiti. Now he’s trying to get the graffiti off and hoping others can help catch those responsible.

The State Farm at the intersection of 48th and Center sees a lot of action. A lot of clients go in and out and a lot of cars drive by, so when Jeff Moore and his employees returned from the holidays to find graffiti on the side of the building they were surprised. “It’s just disheartening that kids have this much time to deface people’s property and really don’t care.”

The graffiti is an eyesore for their business. He believes the graffiti artists struck at night. “It’s very surprising that no one saw them or that they had the guts to do that,” said Moore. It’s also surprising it happened on such a cold night right around the holidays.

Neighborhood Watch Captain, Barry Wells, has been dealing with graffiti for years. “It blights the community and it gives people the impression that the community isn’t a good place to be.” Wells noticed the recent display and contacted Moore to try and help.

Wells wants to get the graffiti cleaned up as soon as possible. He says it’s the neighborhoods way of fighting back. “I understand it's a territorial thing between gangs, but it's not their neighborhood, it's our neighborhood."

Wells is hoping people in the community with information will come forward. As for Moore, he has a message for those responsible. “I hope at some point you get caught.”

Moore is having a contractor come out to power wash the building next week, although it might be difficult for them because it is so cold out. As for those responsible, graffiti is a misdemeanor for the first offense, but it becomes a felony for the second instance and any after that. That means that person can face a fine and possible jail time.

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