Julie Whittaker has been left with the bill after vandals damaged her car.
Julie Whittaker has been left with the bill after vandals damaged her car. Felicia Kosegi

Vandals damage pensioner's car

A TWEED Heads pensioner will be paying off the damage malicious vandals did to her car for six months.

Julie Whittaker said she is now hesitant to park her car at Centro Tweed shopping centre after it was vandalised on Thursday.

“I was there for one hour and when I came out my car was scratched right along both sides,” said Ms Whittaker.

“I was so upset last night I couldn’t even sleep.”

“It looks like someone has used a pocket knife; it’s gone right through to the metal.”

Ms Whittaker, 75, is on an aged pension and said she will struggle to finance the repairs.

“I got a quote and they said it would be $1800,” she said.

“I’m insured but my excess is $400.

“I’m going to have to go to Centrelink and get an advance on my pension which will take six months to pay off.”

Ms Whittaker said she only receives a little over $200 a week from Centrelink to live on.

“I can’t believe someone would do that.

“I’m really upset about it because I don’t have this sort of money.

“How could someone be so vindictive?

“I’m a bit dubious about parking there again.”

Although Centro Tweed has video surveillance in their undercover car parks, Ms Whittaker was parked out front.

Evelyn Lockhart from Centro Tweed said they only have one camera covering that car park.

“Unfortunately we can’t do much about it because we’ve got security but they can’t be everywhere,” Mrs Lockhart said.

“It’s a shame we can’t have security cameras on every spot.”

Mrs Lockhart said security were aware of the incident and were going to be more vigilant.

“We have people with little scratches on their cars because of trolleys and things but this one wasn’t like that,” she said.

“I don’t want to blame anyone but it’s something I would say a young teenager would do.

“There are a lot of schoolchildren and teenagers hanging around.”

This is the first time in more than 12 months they have received a damage complaint of this sort.

“I’ve had my car done a couple of times in the past,” Mrs Lockhart said.

“It’s very unfortunate it had to happen.

“They’re just nasty people.

“I felt so sorry for this poor lady.”



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