I generally hate people who commit crimes but lately I have been thinking I have more “understanding” for people who rob passengers in trams than for individuals who commit what may be qualified as misdemeanors — but totally pointless ones.
There is a difference between a graffiti “artist” and a person who steals a wallet: they might desperately need the money to buy food or illegal drugs, or to repay a loan to a loan shark. And so, often the crime is the last resort. It is illegal, but they “must” do it.
The son of a bitch who writes his tag on a train wall deserves his hand to be cut off. There is NO way to excuse or explain this behavior. It is pointless. It is a sport they do for FUN, so it is not like they can not live without it, and they do not do it to resolve some kind of life situation…
I know there is no way to fight this. These SOB’s always make sure noone is coming, they do their thing within seconds and they leave (which is the case of the writing on the left). But there ARE some Asian countries that have very strict forms of punishment for this and it does seem to work.
The worst thing is that these vandals damage private property (usually newly renovated facades of privately-owned buildings where all apartment owners had to chip in!!!). If there was a draft law according to which anyone who is caught damaging anything with graffiti tags would have their two fingers cut off, I would support it. But if the police brought the robber who stole my wallet to me to decide about the punishment, I would not insist on pressing charges if I were told that he was, let’s say, a homeless person who just needed the money.