Beginning next month, a new graffiti ordinance will take effect in Smyrna .A lot of laws are passed at all levels of government. No matter how much an issue is studied, a side effect of laws raises it's head pretty regularly. This is called the Law of unintended consequences. The government sees problem A and feel solution A will fix it. The problem is that solution A creates problem B and C.
Anyone with graffiti on their property will have to clean it up or pay a fine.
A good example.
Michael Jenkins works in downtown SmyrnaThis person will now take home less pay, but since the town looks prettier, then that just jim-dandy with some. This is an unintended consequence.
“It hurts my paycheck at the end of the year ‘maam. I get a bonus at the end of the year. My bonus is strictly based on profits so that’s coming outta my profits,” Jenks told News 2.
I like this line.
City leaders said they consider cleaning or covering graffiti just another part of property maintenance, just like mowing the lawn.But if I don't do maintenance on my car, it will not fine me money, it simply breaks and loses value. You end up punishing yourself.