Anti-Wealthy Graffiti Hits Atherton

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Matt Montagne

One of America's wealthiest cities is a victim of street crime and blight most urban.

Graffiti is in Atherton -- and it's aimed squarely in the face of wealth.

A gang of "vandals" spray painted slogans like "Kill People" and "F--- the 1%" on "perimeter walls, fences, garage doors, a gate and a car" in the neighborhood of Lindenwood, according to the Palo Alto Daily News.

In response, the Atherton Police Department has removed the kid gloves.

They've called the FBI to help, the newspaper reported.

"They're [vandals] talking about the 1 percent, that's happening beyond our local reach," a police spokesperson told the newspaper.

The vandals struck between 6 and 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 16, the newspaper reported. None of it was caught on video surveillance cameras posted around town.

The median income in Atherton is $228,393, the newspaper reported. The neighborhood where the graffiti artists struck is where Meg Whitman, the Hewlett-Packard CEO and former candidate for governor, has her home.

Town manager George Rodericks said that he's not yet sure if the culprit is "an organized group or a couple of teenagers," he told the paper.

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