Car prank halts kids’ school hol­i­day out­ings

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Other un­touched.

‘‘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.

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