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Apr 1, 2014 1:22 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Business Smothered in Spray Paint

CORPUS CHRISTI - A local business owner is fed-up with people vandalizing her shop. Rosa Ramos says taggers are expanding their targets. Part of the building at Nueces Monuments, was ruined with graffiti overnight and Ramos says it isn't the first time.

"It's been vandalized before and it's just getting ridiculous for us having to fix it over and over," she said.

The business, known for providing headstones to grieving families has been at the corner of S.P.I.D and Ayers for a year and a half. It's been tagged six times, since first opening it's doors.

"They just need to stop it's costing business owners time and money and if they're not going to do anything productive, then just don't do anything at all," Ramos said.

Ramos says cameras catch some activity on site but unfortunately, they don't cover this side of the building.

"It just shows the front but we are considering perhaps putting and installing some cameras on the side as well," she added.

Plus, lights that line the wall aren't enough to scare off spray painters, who vandalized the freeway too. Ramos says she filed a report with the city but that removal process can take up to 30 days. She says for her customers, it's faster to fix it herself.

"We don't want to wait that long, we just end up painting it ourselves or removing it ourselves," Ramos said.

Ramos says it's upsetting, vandals are creating graffiti on her business, while she continues to create everlasting memories for those who've lost loved ones. She says installing another 5-hundred dollar camera is probably her best bet. She just wants other business owners in the area to be aware of the problem.

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