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More than 20 healthcare workers' vehicles vandalized at Kamloops long-term care facility

A care aid at Ponderosa Lodge says she's had her vehicle targeted with screws left for her to drive over seven times since the summer.
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February 02, 2021 - 4:40 PM

A care aid at Ponderosa Lodge in Kamloops has found screws under her tires on seven separate occasions since July, and she's not the only one.

Yanina Yaretz is frustrated that during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline healthcare workers were quite literally applauded for their dedication, but she says now they are being targeted at the long-term care facility.

"I spend a lot of time camping and outdoors so I thought it was from off-roading. But when I saw it was screws, I started to think it was because of the construction at the hospital," Yanina Yaretz said.

"Then I noticed them standing up against my tire and I was receiving notes on my vehicle. I took it to management at Ponderosa Lodge and more than 20 employees responded that they've had the same experience at least once."

The notes, according to Yaretz, have been mostly noise complaints towards Ponderosa Lodge employees. But one of the stranger ones read: "Are you going to heaven?"

Now she has to buy a new set of tires after having a tire punctured for the seventh time.

Requests have been made to Interior Health to have security patrol the parking lot in order to deter the vandal or vandals, but so those requests have been denied.

Employees on the day shift at the Ponderosa Lodge use the nearby Ponderosa Place parking lot.

Another employee at the facility submitted dashcam footage to Kamloops RCMP of a man they suspect is the culprit.

Kamloops RCMP have received ongoing reports of vandalism at the parking lot since October, the most recent in late-January.

"The file has remained open and police are still actively working on identifying the individual observed in the footage," Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Const. Crystal Evelyn said in an email to iNFOnews.

Security at the facility is managed by Interior Health, but no one was immediately available for comment.

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