A kick in the guts

Greenpeace are plonkers, any sympathy people might have had for their cause was destroyed when they essentially graffiti’d, vandalised and littered Auckland yesterday with their leaflets and posters:

Volunteers who spent several hours yesterday giving Ellerslie’s town centre a spring-clean ahead of the Rugby World Cup say posters put up by Greenpeace overnight is ”like a kick in the guts”.

About 130 people, mainly locals from Ellerslie, joined forces yesterday afternoon, working for four hours tidying up the town centre, including scrapping old posters off poles, in order to prepare the town for the Rugby World Cup celebrations.

This morning those volunteers woke to find that Greenpeace activists have plastered many of those poles which had been scrapped clean with its latest campaign, targeting the fisheries company Sealord over its use of tuna.

That campaign may prove to be a costly public relations disaster for Greenpeace, with angry Ellerslie locals demanding they pay for the clean-up.

One of the organisers of yesterday’s clean-up, Denise Krum of the charity Tableside, said she had been fielding angry calls from volunteers all day.

”Overnight, our good friends from Greenpeace have plastered the town.”

Krum said the joint clean-up was an initiative with the Ellerslie business association, the Auckland Council and Tableside and had attracted a number of families who spent their afternoon cleaning.

Krum said one mother who had spent yesterday cleaning up told her she was ”fuming” at Greenpeace for undoing all their hard work.

Krum said seeing the posters appear ”overnight was a kick in the guts”.

”We worked damn hard for four hours and the very next morning they have plastered the very services that people had been scrubbing. We had been taking off old adhesive off old posters, so they had a clean slate [to stick posters on].”

Ellerslie Business Association manager, Sally Eustace, said she was disgusted with Greenpeace’s actions

”It’s tantamount to vandalism.”

They should be charged with vandalism, and billed.