British Professor Admits Relatively Polite Vandalism

Etched phrases such as 'very silly' into pricey cars

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 19, 2013 10:31 AM CST

(Newser) – A British professor who specializes in cities and urban life has been convicted of damaging luxury cars with graffiti that was surprisingly polite. Stephen Graham was found guilty yesterday of using a screwdriver to scrawl words such as "very silly," "really wrong" and "arbitrary" into the paintwork of vehicles including a Mercedes, an Audi, and a Volvo. Police pegged the damage at $29,000. The 47-year-old academic previously blamed a bad reaction to alcohol, antibiotics, and prescription drugs for his behavior. He gets sentenced next month.

The vandal's tool of choice in this case.
The vandal's tool of choice in this case.   (Shutterstock)
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