Posted By Eric Ethington on February 3, 2011
Update 2/4/11: Just heard back from the BYU police. Apparently there’s no security cameras in the area so there’s nothing they can do. There goes another $300 I didn’t have to spend….sigh.
Provo UT – I spent the evening on the BYU campus after I heard that there was a group of students meeting to discuss the non-discrimination ordinances (that story coming tomorrow). But after I left, I realized both of my front tires had been slashed.
It was actually an amazing experience at BYU tonight and I met a group of absolute heroes who had me in tears by the end of it. But that story will have to wait until tomorrow when I’m in a better mood.
I was parked in the visitor parking lot just north of the student center for 4 hours. My car has nothing on it that would identify me personally, but I do have both an HRC equality sticker and a Utah ACLU sticker on my back bumper.
When I got back to my car, I noticed that my front left tire was flat. Wasn’t overly concerned about it as that tire is a year old, so I changed it out for the spare in my trunk.
However the moment I got onto the freeway the car almost spun out of control as my front right tire went completely flat as well. I spent 30 minutes on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. Upon closer inspection, I realized both tires had been slashed.
Now it’s entirely possible that someone on the BYU campus picked my car at random to vandalize, but it seems odd that it just happened to be the one car in the parking lot identifiable as belong to someone in the LGBT community or an ally.
The car is now sitting in a parking lot in Lehi and I’m going to have to drive back down at 7am tomorrow to get it to a tire shop and fixed.
Totally filing a report with BYU police.