East End bank the target of red-paint vandal
A vandal targeted an East Vancouver branch of Canada’s largest bank in the early morning hours Friday.
A person or persons entered the the lobby ATM enclosure of the RBC Royal Bank at 2381 East Hastings Street and threw or sprayed thick red paint over one of two cash-dispensing machines, from the ceiling to the floor.
More paint was splashed on the outside front wall of the branch, which is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Nanaimo Street and East Hastings. Red paint was also visible on the outside front doors as well, and what appeared to be red partial footprints were inside the door and the ATM area.
The RBC branch manager did not respond to messages from the Straight before publication.
Vancouver police spokesperson Const. Brian Montague told the Straight by phone that he wasn’t aware of any messages that might have been left at the scene to indicate whether or not the damage could be intended as a protest. "It doesn’t look like it in the report…It’s speculation at this point," he said.
Montague said no arrests have been made yet and that investigators were still gathering evidence. He noted that police are expecting to receive video evidence from the bank.
RBC, one of the largest companies in Canada and with operations in dozens of other countries, has been criticized in the past for its management of Alberta tarsands investments.
More recently, the bank came under criticism last spring that rippled to the federal level after it became known that more than 40 of its full-time Canadian emplyees would be losing their jobs because of outsourcing to an Indian company.