San Francisco Fines Businesses for Getting Vandalized
Getting your business vandalized sounds like punishment enough. For some San Francisco business owners, it’s just the beginning of their troubles.
A steady stream of restaurateurs and retailers have been complaining about the city’s practice of issuing them fines for not being quick enough to remove chronic graffiti being applied to their shopfronts and street cafes.
“The graffiti, it costs me a lot of money because every tag, I’ve got to go paint that thing. I don’t actually expect it to stop, but the most frustrating thing is, I keep on getting tagged by the city, but what can I do?” restaurant owner Viet Nguyen told ABC7 News last week.
Nguyen—who will be opening a San Francisco location of his restaurant GAO Viet Kitchen later this year—told local media he’s received notice from the city that he has 30 days to clean up tags on his building or else risk a $352 fine.
“I can’t even count. The paint dries and you deal with another one,” Michael McNamara, manager of vegan pub Above Ground, told the San Francisco Chronicle last year of the constant graffitiing of the business. For his trouble, McNamara told the paper he’d received two $300 tickets plus a $320 inspection fee from the city’s public works department.
Private property owners are required to remove graffiti within a month of a notice of violation. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city pumped the breaks on issuing not
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