When a gang of hooligans posing as protesters got to the Glen Park BART station Thursday night, destruction and economic ruin seemed more on their minds than actually affecting whatever change it was they imagined they might be creating.
They used hammers to smash all the ticket readers into the station except the one for bicycles and wheelchairs, and then turned their sights on the flower stall of Joanne, the woman who’s been selling flowers at BART for years. They pulled down and smashed some of her lights, at an unknown cost to this small business owner.
They also cost taxpayers whatever it took to pay five BART staffers for the full day it took them to replace the destroyed ticket machines.
In a perfect world, those responsible would compensate Joanne for her losses. In the real world, it’s likely up to us as neighbors to stop buy and pick up some flowers today ‘just because’ and help her out.