Car prank halts kids’ school holiday outings
A ‘‘mindless prank’’ left a family carless for the recent school holidays.
Karen Flower and her children returned to their car, parked under New World in Porirua, after dinner and a movie on July 21 to find it tipped on its side. Police had already been called by a security company.
The car was towed away to be fingerprinted and was eventually written off.
Ms Flower said their evening had already had enough drama, because it was the night of the big earthquake.
‘‘To see the car like that made me feel sick. I was in shock and the kids were crying,’’ she said.
They were able to retrieve a few personal items before a friend picked them up.
‘‘It was a mindless prank, but a very expensive one,’’ Ms Flower said. ‘‘It ruined our school holiday plans – we were stuck at home every day.
‘‘It would have taken a lot of people to tip the car and while it was a joke, they don’t realise it’s real people they’re hurting.’’
Although fully insured, Ms Flower had to pay an excess and put the cost of a new car on her mortgage. She was disappointed the car park had no security cameras.