Barber's windows smashed in second related incident

Ryan Ross
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Johnny Thompson looks through one of the broken windows at his barbershop after vandals smashed seven of eight of them on the storefront.

It wasn't the start to a new business Johnny Thompson was hoping for but after about a month in business someone smashed almost all of his barbershop's windows.

Thompson said he got a text message from a friend around 8:45 a.m. Friday that told him someone had vandalized his Grafton Street barbershop.

"Right away I had anger and a lot of confusion. I don't know where to go from here," he said.

The first thing Thompson noticed when he got to Johnny Barber's Barber Shop Friday morning was red paint on the door, complete with a curse word written out.

Once he got closer, Thompson said he saw seven out of the eight windows on the storefront smashed.

Some of the double-paned windows were smashed all the way through with jagged shards left hanging in their frames while others only had one pane broken.

Pieces of glass littered the snow below the windows on the outside while a box on the inside held everything Thompson had swept off his shop's floor.

Friday's incident wasn't the first time Thompson was the target of vandalism.

He used to work at a shop on Kent Street but was asked to leave after someone threw a brick through the window with his name written on one side and the word "rat" on the other.

At the time Thompson wondered if it had something to do with an accident he witnessed involving a City of Charlottetown truck that smashed the mirror off a parked car and drove away without stopping.

Thompson left a note about the accident on the car and the brick went through the shop window a few days later.

More recently, Thompson said someone wrote "Johnny's a rat" on the door and threw red paint on the windows in October before the shop was open for business.

The shop is small with enough space for two barber chairs and room for a few customers to wait

Thompson said the new windows will cost about $2,000 and he couldn't get the broken ones replaced until next week so they were going to be boarded up over the weekend.

He also doesn't have insurance to cover the repairs.

"Being a new business owner I made the mistake of trying to wait until I had cash flow until I got my insurance," Thompson said.

The police were at the shop Friday morning but Thompson said they told him there wouldn't be much they could do without any evidence as to who vandalized the shop.

Thompson said he has mixed emotions about the vandalism.

"I don't know what to do," he said.

Before the windows were smashed, Thompson said business had been good at the new shop.

"I have a lot of my faithful clients that came here and every day I've got two to five different clients that I've never seen before come into the shop," he said.

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Organizations: Barber Shop

Geographic location: Grafton Street, Kent Street, Charlottetown

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  • mental illness
    January 13, 2013 - 15:52

    Sounds like this perp should have been assessed and committed to an institution a long time ago. He or she probably has less than a grade 8 education, has drawn or is drawing welfare or EI, and has substance abuse problems, in addition to serious anger management issues, and no doubt they have a criminal record and likely a broken home life as well. Sounds like a real winner.

  • SUPPORT FOR RAY MARTIN
    January 13, 2013 - 02:23

    what a bunch of dildo's commenting on here, YES there is MORE to the story, forsure, If I were RAY a man who has been in bussiness for 50 years, 100's of clients and loads of respect and NO prior incidents Ida canned him aswell, as for the city worker,,, who says its him/her, I in fact know all parties in this story and all are good people, but the barber has done something wrong other than reporting a f$@king broken mirror, he may or may not deserve this, I can not say because I do not know what he has done, STOP calling RAY useless scum, he's far from it, probly have more respect for him than anyone else in this scumbag city, STOP talking shit about the city worker when knowone knows it was him/her or even if its true,,,what says the story wasnt fabricated to keep one's position, should have kept his paper and pen in his pocket if thats the case, and whoever said lock them up for life with no parole for breaking a mirror give your f$@king head a shake you moron, one other thing, people are saying the police were on the case when it took place at the prior place of work but where are they now,,,,read the article,,,"POLICE WERE ON THE SCEEN FRIDAY MORNING" as they were every other time, as was the guardian,,,,I read this s@%t and most of you have no clue what your talking about, my advice,,MIND YOUR OWN BUINESS AND SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE

    • Charlottetown Observer
      January 13, 2013 - 15:43

      @ Support for Ray Martin, what a proud moment for him to have someone of your calibre stand up and make such a moving and profound statement of support. Well certainly with such a pillar of the community validating him, Ray Martin must be completely justified in his actions. LOL, thanks for proving a point so well.

    • LA
      January 14, 2013 - 14:34

      Wow, what a rational, intelligent argument. You're not exactly helping yourself with your low-level, profanity-filled, misspelled rant. I don't feel too bad about ignoring it.

  • liarliarpantsonfire
    January 12, 2013 - 17:56

    Bill, I believe you hit the nail on the head. If it smells like a rat, looks like a rat, it usually is a rat!

  • CrazyWORLD
    January 12, 2013 - 10:54

    I would say Johnny Is a Crime Stopper not a rat .To bad this has happened to him.To many dirty redneck types still on PEI . The police know who did it , calling the police doesn't mean much anymore .If the story about the city worker/slash trucker is true they should be charged for leaving the scene.And they should be a suspect to this crime . The Rat came from a criminal organization that had a snitch within. He's hardly a rat .To call in on drug dealers and crooks is a crime stopper.Now the City Ghiz police should do there JOB,find who did this .

    • Old Island Boy
      January 12, 2013 - 14:17

      Employer Loyalty! Anyone who would accuse Ray Martins of not being a good employer is out of his mind. Johnny a rat! I doubt it. A good citizen more likely. But a City of Charlottetown employee damaging property and not reporting it, then getting violent and performing criminal acts when reported......you bet. clCssic union mentality in the Uber State of Charlottetown where the municipal employees do whatever they want, and the police make sure they can. Watch the cops, watch the city employees, count the number of infractions of laws in the run of a day. Calculators are available at The Source.

    • Old Island Boy
      January 12, 2013 - 14:23

      If the government response is "Send them to a hospital" then the private care facilities should do that. Put the onus right where it belongs, in Robert Ghiz's lap. Private care facilities should not receive government help.

  • Dorothy Dedman
    January 12, 2013 - 10:28

    What do you mean no on likes a rat? Maybe you are the person that broke the windows. The owner of the barber shop will have to resort to New York standards and put bars on his windows to keep ignorant and low life from wandering around Charlottetown and creating havoc.

  • Bill
    January 12, 2013 - 10:27

    This sounds as if he has been dabbling in something ,more than cutting hair. What kind of a business doesn't have insurance? What if a customer slipped and fell? A few people mentioned about how good of a guy this is, then one of them goes on to say how judgemental he is of people that are down on their luck, like saying that he should just go and steal stuff to sell at malls, and draw welfare... this doesn't sound like a very "nice guy", I would say there is a lot more to the story that he left out, while trying to look victimized. As far as reporting an accidental mirror smashing, give me a break....seriously, trucks are wide, streets are narrow and accidents happen, I seriously doubt that a government employee would go and threaten a member of the public, even to hint at that is ludicrous I would say mr "Barber" has done something to somebody much more serious than breaking a simple mirror.

    • chris
      January 12, 2013 - 16:36

      Your Ignorance is astounding. Wow, u really havent a clue do you. Did you even read the article. Or even the events that took place last year?

    • Your Car Mirror
      January 12, 2013 - 17:23

      Bill - With an imagination like yours you don't need to go to the movies... Wait until it is your car mirror that is ripped off due to negligence, after all, other vehicles managed to navigate the street without damage. ON the matter of his insurance situation... Educate yourself - liability for ACCIDENTS occurring on your property is not the same as property insurance. He is trying to make a go of a business which has been targeted twice by redneck idiots that roam the street in our capital after dark... Ever wonder why Charlottetown cannot host a downtown music festival... because of idiots who get drunk and have no respect for others, the property of other or themselves. Sadly there is little shock value in this story. Good luck to Mr Thompson as you try to make a go of it and earn an honest living.

  • Home From Away
    January 12, 2013 - 10:25

    I would suggest that Mr Thompson invest in security cameras at his business. If the individual(s) involved regarding the brick/paint situations have anything to do with the City of Charlottetown Truck incident,,,if convicted, then he/they should br locked up in the slammer for life, no parole/no nothing. Perhaps the City of Charlottetown should put GPS units on their vehicles so that the City knows where they are at all times. Unfortunately, it is a few rotten apples that give a bad name to the rest of the excellent city workers that the City has. Did they ever catch the individual in the City Truck? I would hope that the City Police are doing a follow-up. Maybe The Guardian could to do rerun of all the incidents involved so that it can refresh the public, and then maybe someone will come forward to say who the people are.

  • Sarah
    January 12, 2013 - 10:20

    This is so sad...whether we think we know the story or not ,nobody deserves this contnued act of vadilism... Obviously this person is a coward... Johnny is an amazing person and Barber and i will continue to take my two boys there, whether there is red paint on the door or broken windows we will always support him!

  • Robot Gizz
    January 12, 2013 - 09:07

    We haven't seen the half of whats comming to our fine Isle.Desperate times bring out desperate measures in people.And if there is one thing that the Gizz gov has done is made everyone desperate.Desperate for accountablty,Desperate for GOOD paying jobs that actually add to the Island way,Desperate to get out from under the ever pressing thumb of the corropt elite that are driving our young, stong, middle class working poor away from their home to survive.And now EVERYONE is desperate FOR CHANGE.2015 can't come quick enough for most. But what of the band of theives that will take over??Will we let them do as they please too,OR DEMAND they listen to their BOSSES and do as we(the people) ask of them??

  • Tarky Whitlock
    January 12, 2013 - 09:05

    Mr. Thompson is a friend of mine for a long time now. He tells it like it is, and has no reason to lie, unlike others he refuses to slander anyone's name or make up or make up rumors about people he no longer sees eye to eye with. I worked as a barber in a shop a few years back where It's a " my bat my ball " type of approach to the everyday operations...Awesome...It's lonely at the top is all I can say about that. I can see why Mr. Thompson was asked to leave, as he is a kind soul, who treats people with the respect they deserve, and needs a break. NOT WINDOWS. I also know he is greatfull for all the support from friends, and clients both. It is very upsetting to see a person shed a tear while cutting hair. He said something that struck a nerve while speaking with him yesterday.. " Their are people in Charlottetown with 65 charges cycling around town, anywhere else A guy would be locked up. I'm not abusing ANYTHING and atleast i'm TRYING maybe I should just throw a brick throw a brick through a window, steel a bunch of stuff that I can sell in front of the mall, and try to collect welfare ?" Let's hope not...His hair cuts are a 10 out of 10....Everyone is allowed to make a living.

  • vick
    January 12, 2013 - 08:38

    Cathy Tizzard I dont agree with what happen either but for you to judge the "island" for this lowballs actions is wrong!

  • ed vedder
    January 12, 2013 - 08:33

    no one likes a rat.

    • chris
      January 12, 2013 - 16:44

      No one like some #@^-hole who damages your car and drives away without taking responsibility. But just maybe you are that type also. To think all this fellow had to do was stop his truck, write up his information, report it to his supervisor and the matter would have been easily ratified. INstead he Was selfish and thinking only of himself drove off. thinking to leave the victim w the cost of car repairs. Mr. Thompson did the only Honourable thing he could and I give him Prop's.

  • mra
    mra
    January 12, 2013 - 08:19

    there might be more to this story than what has been related to the press.

  • COWARDS
    January 12, 2013 - 07:44

    Speaking of rats. Rats hide in the shadows and come out when no one is around. Sounds like the person calling rat is the real rat. A real person would realize that they were not very smart to pull a stunt like this. Stay hiding in the shadows you cowards because you are not fit to be in the public. It's time for the island to really do something about pieces of garbage like you.

  • Aaron
    January 12, 2013 - 07:12

    It really makes me angry when people condemn the entirety of Prince Edward Island when something bad happens here. "Gentle Island me arse!"... What? In order for a local to be gentle it must be crime free? The is no place on earth like this. I think you are confusing gentle with fictional. Leave. Go live somewhere else. You'll find crime there too and you can pick up and move again. Don't forget to condemn the whole population before you do.

  • red paint
    January 12, 2013 - 07:08

    Red paint, hmmmm, is that a message.

  • customer
    January 12, 2013 - 03:06

    They could have checked other businesses cams and possibly develop suspects.

  • Jim
    January 12, 2013 - 00:34

    Johnny was asked to leave is former workplace after a brick with his name and the word Rat were thrown through the window. Than someone wrote "Johnny's A Rat" on the door of his new business and threw red paint on the window even before his new business opened. Now paint on the door again with a curse word and more smashed windows....Come on people there has to be more to this story than reporting a accident. Open your eyes. Makes you wonder what else may of happened to his former workplace if he were still employed there. I know people say it wasn't the right thing for Johnny to be dismissed from his former job...really? Come one, someone is not happy about something.

  • Mell
    January 11, 2013 - 23:44

    Unfortunately, there is a "smallness" among some residents of PEI that also is very unforgiving and vendictive- they never forget or forgive and it is dangerous. PEI is not "a gentle island".

    • stillcynical
      January 12, 2013 - 05:24

      Mell - You have certainly said it all! In my 70 plus years - mostly spent on PEI - I have never seen so many examples of rednecked smallness of spirit and vindictiveness in one small place! Perhaps it comes from a limited gene pool? Or else just that feeling of entrapment being insular? Semms it sppills over into drivers as well who simply have to rip on ahead of one even if the rules of the road get sacrificed to do so; are they endlessly trying to get off the Island? If so - please do so - we would be better off by far with a good housecleaning ; a mass exodus would be preferable to having to swallow the prejudice and short sighttedness of too many of this ilk!

    • Jase
      January 12, 2013 - 11:27

      I resent the redneck comment. Rednecks are people that work so hard in the sun their neck becomes burnt red. The perp in this case is not a redneck, but a city raised scum bag. Rural raised folks commit far less violent crime. Look at the people that were raised in downtown Charlottetown and Hillsboro Development.

  • Anne smith
    January 11, 2013 - 22:48

    @gobert ,Thompson said he has security cameras!!! Why then are the police not looking into them????????? Maybe they don't work!!!!!!!!!

    • just sayin
      January 12, 2013 - 08:08

      No where in the story does it say anything about this business owner having cameras!

  • thomas Jacobs
    January 11, 2013 - 22:41

    How hard is it for the police to interrogate the person who was driving the City of Charlottetown truck? There's your culprit. We live in a sad state when someone is terrorized for reporting a crime.

  • Gobert Bhiz
    January 11, 2013 - 22:19

    I'm sure it's a pretty tough caper for our local crimefighters, but to find out a likely once-removed layer of complexity beyond the person who was allegedly "ratted out" might solve this whole thing. Security cameras might help, but nothing beats repairing the damage and laying in wait all night ready to pounce when the coward(s) decide to try this again. With the amount of street urchins crawling around that area of town at all hours of day and night, I'm shocked anyone would bother opening a shop downtown at all. Until there's some meaningful police patrols (outside of the ubiquitous 45kmh drive-by every few hours), someone up to no good is always going to have the advantage.

  • big bird
    January 11, 2013 - 21:45

    why can't you get video from your video cameras????????? do they "WORK"?????

  • Charlottetown Observer
    January 11, 2013 - 21:43

    How gutless of his past employer to ask him to leave over a smashed window. I hope all the customers from that shop follow him to his new digs and support someone who is being victimized, by someone unknown and someone known. That lack of employer loyalty is sickening.

    • huh
      January 12, 2013 - 13:05

      You say that even after a second vandalism? There seems to be more to the story than "smashed windows". The benefit of hindsight suggests the past employer may have been right.

    • Charlottetown Observer
      January 12, 2013 - 17:58

      @Huh - it wouldn't matter how many times there was vandalism, I would still say the past employer is a useless coward. Following your logic if a person were a victim of any crime the employer would be justified getting rid of that employee. If there were some other reason the employer had then why did he only act when his employee became the target of a criminal act. Here in Canada, we don't blame the victim.

  • chris
    January 11, 2013 - 21:41

    Give the Name of the individual who was the Driver of the truck from the Incedent. John did the right thing when he reported the event, but now this behaviour. totally un-exceptible. Police should be investigating this type of targeted violent acts.

  • LA
    January 11, 2013 - 21:38

    What a sad, intellectually impaired individual the perp must be.

  • Cathy Tizzard
    January 11, 2013 - 21:24

    I moved from the U.S.last year to avoid this type of behavior. Boy, was I kidding myself? I was born and raised in Canada. But left to find work. I thought the U.S. was bad! I'm ready to go back now. PEI, the gentle island, has turned my heart cold! Such a shame, what has happened to us!