Location Vandalism

In spring of 2022, I learned that my name was being written on the walls of abandoned properties. To the random person, it might seem like I’m responsible for these acts of mischief.

I’m NOT in any way responsible for this. If I were to vandalize properties, I’d be ostracizing myself from the exploration community. This is not the kind of attention I want, or the type of followers I want. I’ve met over 100 explorers over my 22 years of exploring, and NONE of them have known me to damage properties. It’s also highly unlikely that someone would leave their pseudonym AND real name on a wall. Explorers tend to leave only their pseudonyms (mine is “TWP”) on chaulkboards.

This began after I shared some addresses of properties on my social media. I surmise that it’s someone who’s upset with this practice. By using my name, it could create negative attention towards me and possibly deter people from wanting to share addresses with me.

Q: Has anyone contacted you regarding this?

A: I’ve reached out to the owner of the Mold Mansion (Ms. Y. Yan) but have not heard back. If a property owner should contact me, I’ll help them repaint the damage. In most of the known cases, the damage is being done to houses that are set for demolition. I obviously don’t know how many properties are affected.

The sheer amount of tags in the one particular house seems to be rage motivated, and so I don’t feel it’s the work of youths but rather someone with a vendetta. I’m confident that I know who this person is.

Q: Who is responsible for this?

A: Maybe my posting the address caused the vandalism, maybe it didn’t. Before you cast the first stone consider this: I’m not responsible for the actions of other people any more than you sharing an address with your friends. Period. 

The vandalism benefits me in absolutely no way. I don’t want followers who are graffiti suporters. If I wanted to leave my mark on a location, it could be accomplished using a small decal. The fact of the matter is, I’ve never felt the need to deface a property with my name. The exception of course being chaulk or writing in the dust.

I  have a pretty good idea of who is responsible for this, a particular YouTube explorer with a demonstrated history of stealing items from abandoned houses. This explorer in my opinion would definitely do something like this, given he’s stolen several items already from houses and taken keys from houses so only he could access them. I won’t name the YouTuber but the wise will be able to figure it out.

This YouTuber’s mother also wrote to me telling me that she raised her son not to steal from places, and taught him to be a respectful explorer. She accused me of sounding jealous, which is what people say when they don’t want to accept the truth.

So Mommy, something apparently went wrong with the upbringing because three people were there and saw your son walk out of the Mold Mansion in Markham with stolen items. There’s even a video showing him wearing the binoculars from the girl’s bedroom. Ignorance is bliss.

This person has been known to get emotional to the point of crying over houses being demolished, and it would not surprise me in the slightest that he would go to this length to protect “his” houses.

Sadly, there are several people in this hobby who enjoy spreading rumours that are untrue. It never ends.

Just to clear some of those rumours up : I don’t vandalize, I have a clean criminal record, I don’t sell locations (never have). Most importantly, I don’t put warm ketchup on my fries. I keep it in the fridge. 🙂

In closing… If you really want something, go out and buy it… if you really cherish something, don’t spray paint over it.

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