Hoping To Help Heal, One Hermon Business Cleans Racist Graffiti Off Victim’s Car
They might just have to change their name to Lightside Detailing now, because they are definitely representing those who use the force for good.
Earlier this week, we brought you a story about a Bangor man who had his vehicle spray painted with racial slurs. Tahmoor Khan, who is of Pakistani descent and lives in the area with his family, reported the crime to the Bangor Police Department, and two juvenile girls have been charged with allegedly damaging the car with hate speech.
While the perpetrators have been caught, Khan's car was still covered in offensive graffiti.
Dustin Woods, owner of Darkside Mobile Auto Detailing in Hermon, saw the story of what happened to Khan online and decided to step up and help.
"We had heard about it through a friend on Facebook, we reached out to them as well as him personally to have him contact us so we could help."
He cleaned and removed the spray-painted messages off Khan's Toyota... for free.
"I was very heartbroken to see that happen to someone. I knew we had the equipment to help take care of it and if it was me I would want any help I could get to take care of it."
"Thankfully we had the chemicals and equipment on hand to take care of the vehicle properly, once all the paint was removed we did a full exterior detailing. I was very happy to be able to help him take care of it."
What Woods did, quietly and without fanfare...just reaching out to offer help to a neighbor in need, is exactly what each one of us can and should do when we see situations like this take place. Being light for people when they go through dark times is how we can help the healing process.
"He was very excited that we were able to remove the graffiti."
Tahmoor Khan was emotional when interviewed by local media outlets as he described just how much this act of kindness meant to him and to his family. On the Darkside Mobile Auto Detailing Facebook Page, he had this to say: