On May 2nd, Oregon’s very own Brett Nelson was enjoying a hike up Turmalo Falls when he noticed a family of vandals carving their names into public property. The man was outraged, going as far as saying that his hike was ‘’spoiled’’.
Nelson, 41, approached the father and his two teenage children (a boy and a girl) and politely asked them to stop destroying the railings beneath the falls. The vandals were indifferent, with the children declaring that they can do what they want and the father being apparently encouraging the behavior, or the very least being ok with it.
Nelson asked the boy in disbelief if he was seriously going to carve his name into the rails, and the boy answered ‘’yes’’.
The well-meaning man than asked the dad for his license plate number so that he could write his name into the hood of the car and give him a taste of his own medicine. The man joyfully answered ‘’go for it’’, informing that the car was a rental.
When asked where they’re from, the family answered California. Irritated, Nelson told them to go back to their home state, sarcastically informing them that ‘’Oregonians take huge pride in our land and in our public land marks’’.
In an attempt to make his community a better place, Nelson asked his hiking companion and friend, Lyle Sweeney to take a photo of the family. They smiled and posed as if they had done nothing wrong. Nelson then took the photo and posted it on Facebook, relating his unpleasant experience.
The post has been shared more than 57,000 times, going viral and shinning a light on the importance the public awards the issue. Nelson’s efforts did not go unnoticed as The Forest Service is actively investigating the incident, mainly thanks to the photographic evidence he provided them with.
Glen Sachet, regional spokesman for The Forest Service, informed that they regularly spend time and money investigating such issues. He called the phenomenon both ugly and impossible to stop.
The Forest Service seems to have found a credible source able to identify the vandals in the photo, though no legal action has been taken as of yet.
Kassidy Kern, spokeswonan for Deschutes national forest, gave a statement saying that vandalism is so common that they would have passed on the investigation without the photo. The carvings of their names might also help officials confirm the identity of the family as an investigator has found them and photographed them.
Nelson recently wrote another Facebook post expressing his gratitude to all the people who showed their support, and all the people who lend a hand with the investigation. He does not want to take action against the children, simply wants ‘’wrongdoing to be admitted’’ and believes parents should serve as better examples for their kids.
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