Young hoons make life a misery
GRAFTON St business owner Gary Russell-Sharam is tired of being terrorised while he tries to make a living.
In the wake of startling attacks on businesses at the weekend, Mr Russell-Sharam said he too had been targeted by out-of-control teens with nothing better to do.
At least twice each week over the past 12 months, a small group of teenagers have banged their hands and fists on his windows, spat on his shopfront and screamed threatening obscenities at him.
Mr Russell-Sharam said he had pleaded with the teens to leave him alone, to no avail.
"I think they do it because I reacted and asked them why they were doing this," he said.
"They think it is a game and they know their legal rights. They say, 'As soon as you touch me, I'll sue you'."
The Warwick police number is programmed into Mr Russell-Sharam's phone but he said they too are limited as to what they can do about the problem.
"I have contacted the police on many occasions due to the bashing on my front shop window, as on two occasions they have invaded my premises and threatened my wife with abusive language," he said.
"The police have been completely helpful, inside the boundaries they have to stick to. They need more power."
Mr Russell-Sharam said his clients were shocked to be confronted with the group's "gutter language" when visiting the store.
"They have actually opened the door and come in and given me a gob-full while I have had people in here," he said.
"I have no solution. The police have no solution.
"I've photographed them and identified them but nothing has stopped them.
"(One teen) has been continually harassing me twice a week for the past 12 months and nothing works."
The experienced businessman said he has not had to deal with any other harassment in the past six years in his shop.
He said he was "shocked" at the destruction caused at the weekend and said he believed CCTV in the area was his saving grace from a similar fate.
If Mr Russell-Sharam were to arrive at work tomorrow morning to smashed windows, he would not be surprised.
"They would just smash it for kicks and their own perverted pleasure."