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Help Me Hayley: Graffiti taggers strike at Minnehaha Park

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A senior Spokane woman was heartbroken after seeing racist graffiti in her favorite park. She said she called the city to report it, but after three weeks, nothing had been done. That's when she said "Help Me Hayley."

"This is a nice neighborhood, everyone is friendly," she said.  "A lot of people use this park because it's so pretty."

Minnehaha Park was this woman's happy place, where she connected with nature and its beauty. But about a month ago, that all changed when she saw the N word spray painted on some rocks.

"I'm 71 years old," she said. "I've seen it and heard it plenty of times. It made me sad more than anything else because I don't think that's the way Spokane is."

This time the taggers had gone too far and into some painful territory. Due to the racist nature of what they wrote, the woman didn't want to be identified.

"I don't know why anyone would do that," she said. "That really offends me."

This is her message for those responsible for the hate:

"Why are you going to spend all your time and effort doing something like that? What is that supposed to accomplish?"

Determined to fight back, she called the City of Spokane's graffiti hotline.

"Whoever I talked to said they'd put in an order to have it removed," she claimed. "It's been two and a half or three weeks. I told them what was there, because it wasn't just ordinary. I just kept waiting and waiting."

So she contacted Hayley Guenthner. Hayley Came out to the park, scoped out the vulgarity and immediately called the City of Spokane herself. Within hours, there was an improvement, and officials said they'd be back.

"I so appreciate it," she said. "I can go on the trail again."

City officials weren't sure what the hold up was for this specific situation, but they did say it's crucial when reporting graffiti to include as much detail as possible. They advise, if possible, that reporting parties include photos and even a drop pin from their cell phone.

They aim to address every graffiti report within two business days. 

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