The town of Aberdeen, Washington, used to be such a nice little town. But like its most famous native son, Kurt Cobain, the town has a drug problem - and now, a local businessman is fighting back:
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Between painting over the writing and coping with a long spate of thefts, Rainier Lanes owner Rob Shaver was becoming impatient. Last week, "impatient" turned to "fed up," when he discovered that a pair of plastic rain spouts had been stolen from the exterior of the building.
He decided to pen some graffiti of his own, on the hand-lettered reader board that stands outside the bowling alley: "I'm sick of the meth heads and thieves in our town," it said.
The reaction was instant. "Thank you for the courage to put that up on your sign," said one city resident, according to the Aberdeen Daily World. "Finally, somebody is saying what they think about the problem," said another. "We saw your sign and support you."
Rainier Lanes front desk manager Steve Wood said Aberdeen isn't the small-town place it was (and that presumably includes the days when Cobain and Nirvana co-founder Krist Novoselic were skulking around town as teenagers).
"Aberdeen has a real bad meth problem," Wood told The Times. "About 10 years ago, this town used to be real nice, and drugs have just taken it to making it not a good town anymore."