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Bench ads defaced with ethnic slurs

To date, ten bench ads with Chinese real estate agents on them have had their faces defaced with ethnic slurs,

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Sometime between Saturday June 13th and Sunday June 14th , eight bus stop bench ads featuring advertisements for Chinese real estate agents were spray painted with ethnic slurs; another had a swastika spray painted on it. Currently there are no suspects or witnesses. To date, then bench ads have no been spray painted with ethnic slurs.


It is believed the eight benches were defaced late in the evening of Saturday June 13th or early in the morning on Sunday June 14th. The company responsible for the bench ads, Creative Outdoors, is currently in the process of cleaning the spray paint from each sign. They have reported the cost to clean one bench could range from $200 to $1000.


"These incidents are disturbing and are being actively investigated. We are hoping anyone who saw any suspicious persons or vehicles around the benches, from Stephenson Point to Malaspina Crescent will call and report it", said Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. If you do not wish to provide your name, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, text 274637, keyword Nanaimo or go online at

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