A group of boys vandalise a train and post a video of their exploit on You Tube.

Oliver Fricker, 32, a software consultant from Switzerland has been sentenced to five months in jail and three strokes of a cane for breaking into a railway depot and spray-painting graffiti on a train in Singapore.

Amnesty International called the sentence barbaric. We think the man got of lightly. Vandalism in Singapore can be punished with a fine of S$2,000 ($1,437) or up to three years in jail, in addition to three to eight strokes of a cane.

What do you think?

7 Responses to “Graffiti”

  1. Gavin Whitelaw Says:

    Just right. We have a big problem on the London Underground and the little angels love to come into our depots and spray their tags on our units. They even got the Waterloo and City stock last week and that line is completely underground with no access from the street or outside.

  2. Michael Dembinski Says:

    I’d make the scum breath in deeply while I disgorged the entire content of his spray can into his face and throat and eyes and lungs. These sub-humans should be beaten into a coma with baseball bats. Even greater evil is wrought by “scratchers” who scratch their tags onto glass. Cost of replacing pane far greater than removing paint. Handcuff them to lamp posts and invite passers-by to scratch the miscreants with the same sharp implements they use to deface public transport. And no, I don’t care if this vermin came from broken homes. Punish them until they beg for mercy.

    Street art has its place (the long wall running alongside ul. Puławska in southern Warsaw) but there are rules.

    More here: Good graffiti, bad graffiti.

    • dyspozytor Says:

      This comment is expressed in rather stronger language than is normally encouraged on BTWT, but I gather that you think the Swiss blighter go off lightly. Three strokes of the cane was the basic punishment in my old school. It was meeted out for such misdeeds as talking in the cloakroom or failing to give in one’s Latin prep on time.

      It is interesting to reflect that behaviour such as that shown on the video was unknown in the ‘good old days’ under communism when the militia was encouraged to be more creative in the way they dealt with public order offences.

  3. Robert Hall Says:

    Was he not aware of what is reckoned pretty common knowledge, of how things are in Singapore? Or was he perhaps looking to make a point, concerning some strange idea about personal freedom, and seeking “martyrdom”?

  4. Rik Degruyter Says:

    In Bruges (Belgium) there is a Bombardier plant. Fresh delivered double deck train cars were covered with graffiti within hours… What are the authorities/police force waiting for ?

  5. John Ball Says:

    The punishment is generally applied with the rotan, which is a bit thicker than the canes generally used in school in the ‘good ole days’. It is applied by a martial arts instructor and leaves a few welts. But I have no criticism to make and think that we in the helplessly liberal west could learn from Singapore.

    I am sick of having to bow my head to scum, and put up with them taking over the country. I hope that it hurts the basta*d.

  6. tomm Says:

    Wow, I just stumbled upon this post and reading some of the comments I cannot help but think that some of the readers of this blog would be better suited to living in a dictatorship. The fact is the man painted one small part of one carriage, the harm caused both in monetary value and to society is minimal (this is the train they vandalised ). To have the majority of people on a website supporting a punishment of greater violence than that already given, for a non-violent offence, is quite frankly shocking. I wonder who is worse, those who paint graffiti on trains or those who would support a totalitarian rule with punishments for criminal activities being greatly disproportionate to the crime itself? It is clear the latter is far more dangerous and harmful to society than the former.

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