Family washroom at Burlington park destroyed, mayor believes TikTok challenge to blame
Published October 6, 2021 at 9:24 am
A washroom at a Burlington park was vandalized in the late evening on Friday, Oct. 1.
Mayor Marianne Meed Ward first tweeted about destruction of the family bathroom at the pavilion at Orchard Park, located at Sutton Dr. and Blue Spruce Ave., yesterday afternoon.
A sink at the facility was torn off the wall and broken and a toilet was dislodged from the drain.
Meed Ward believes the vandals may have been inspired by a viral stunt on the social media platform TikTok.
“The recent destruction of a public washroom in The Orchard, possibly in response to a viral TikTok challenge, is illegal & absolutely unacceptable,” she posted on her Twitter account.
According to Nadia Blackburn, the city’s manager, Parks Operations, city staff came across the vandalism during their normal work Friday.
“The family washroom was the only one vandalized,” she said.
“The male and female washrooms were untouched.”
Blackburn said police are investigating and total damage to the facility is about $2,000.
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The recent destruction of a public washroom in The Orchard, possibly in response to a viral TikTok challenge, is illegal & absolutely unacceptable. Police have been notified. I suggest a new challenge: volunteer, fundraise for charity, contribute – don’t destroy our community. ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/7HdnGdhpfV
— Marianne Meed Ward (@MariannMeedWard) October 5, 2021