“But Brunswick Heads has changed,” Mr Reid said after a heavy table and chair set was stolen from the front of his Tweed Street shop a week ago.
Mr Reid said he had just given the bench set a ‘lick of paint and tightened the nuts and bolts’, possibly making it more attractive to thieves.
“It would have taken three men to lift it,” Mr Reid said.
“They would have needed a ute or a small truck to carry it away.”
Mr Reid, who has lived in Brunswick for nine years and has run thetakeaway shop for three, said this was the second bench set stolen from the shop this year.
“Elderly locals tell us these benches have been parked, unsecured, at the front of our shop for at least 15 years without incident,” Mr Reid said.
“I think it’s a sign that Brunswick has changed. People just aren’t taking responsibility for their actions.
“What upsets me most is that our shop is an unofficial bus stop for local school kids, and more importantly a bus stop for some of our disabled residents.”
“Now thanks to the low-lifes who stole the bench our disabled friends will have to stand and wait for the bus. The school kids will have to sit on the ground.”
There were disabled residents and children waiting for the bus outside his shop every morning Mr Reid said, and the table and chairs served as their “unofficial” bus stop, as well as being a convenience for his customers.
Mr Reid said in order to get council permission to bolt-down a table and chair set he would have to pay footpath dining fees – so instead he is temporarily placing plastic chairs outside the shop for the disabled to use as they wait for their bus.
Mr Reid called for the thieves to return the table set.
“We’d just like to get them back,” he said.
“Just return them, no questions asked.
“It’s not the financial value of them. It’s the principle of it.
“It’s more what they symbolise to Brunswick.”