Barber's windows smashed in second related incident

Ryan Ross
Published on January 11, 2013
Johnny Thompson looks through one of the broken windows at his barbershop after vandals smashed seven of eight of them on the storefront.

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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.