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Glass won’t be replaced at bus stops if vandalism continues

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The municipality is tired of picking up the glass from broken windows at certain bus shelters every weekend, and with the support of the Whistler and Valley Express (WAVE) they have elected not to replace the glass if things continue.

The most commonly vandalized shelter, by Nesters and The Boot Pub, won’t have glass again until winter, and then only as long as the vandalism stops.

"That would be the only option," said WAVE manager Scott Pass.

The glass is already tempered and can’t be broken by fists or feet unless you’re wearing steel toed boots.

"You pretty much have to throw a rock at them to get them to break," he said.

While they have had to replace glass at various shelters almost every weekend, Pass says it is actually less expensive than replacing plastic windows. They are more costly and history has shown that they will likely be scratched up with knives and keys.

"Then you have the choice of replacing it or leaving a swear word out there," said Pass.

The best option of course would be to get people to stop. New windows are costing the municipality money, essentially taking taxpayer money that could be spent in better ways. If the municipality stops replacing broken glass, he says a few vandals will end up leaving a lot of people in the cold this winter.

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