Political leaflets cause car damage

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Political leaflets cause car damage thumbnailRemnants of the flyers on the carís bonnet.

THE practice of putting promotional leaflets on car windscreens needs to be revised.

That is the view of a Rathfriland woman whose car was damaged after political flyers were placed under her wiper blade.

The mum-of-one says groups and individuals should hand out leaflets letting people have the choice of accepting the literature or not, rather than placing them on car windscreens.

She made the remarks after the local branch of the SDLP placed a number of flyers under wiper blades in and around Rathfriland town centre on Friday, 15 September.

The woman did not know flyers had been placed on her car as she was at work.

When she left work, she noted that it had been raining and the rain had made the leaflet "mushy" which resulted in the leaflets "sticking to the windscreen and bonnet".

Despite several attempts to remove the remnants of the page, the woman had no joy.

"The flyers stuck to my car and although a guy got it scraped off the windscreen for me, the remains were stuck to the bonnet and needed professionally removed." The woman contacted the SDLP after she noticed that the leaflet was from the political party.

According to the woman, the party has offered to send a professional valet service to her home to clean the bonnet but she has yet to receive an apology.

"I'm happy that they have suggested someone to come round to repair the bonnet but it is too little, too late.

"It took various phone calls and emails back and forward to get someone to accept that damage had been done to the vehicle. Never once did they lift the phone to ring me, it was always done via email and as yet they never once apologised for it all.

"If the shoe was on the other foot and I had damaged anyone else's property accidentally and this was brought to my attention, the first thing I would have the decency to do would be to phone and offer an apology.

"The flyers being left on the cars is a form of littering in my opinion. By all means, go out and canvass but perhaps hand the people the leaflet and let them have the choice of accepting it.

"I hope that this will highlight the impact these flyers can have on people's personal property." The SDLP was asked by The Outlook if they would rethink placing flyers on cars, however, they failed to respond to that question. A spokesman would only say that "the SDLP has been made aware of the allegation and is awaiting further information from the constituent".


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