SENSELESS and poorly spelled graffiti on a Gladstone home stirred up a hornet's nest on Facebook during the past few days.
The $5500 worth of damage, which included swear words, "whoer" and rude symbols, garnered shock and disgust on The Observer's key social media site.
Resident Kristie Harris said she was appalled by the brazen attack on the Javelin St, Toolooa, Department of Housing and Public Works property.
"Such a waste of taxpayers' dollars," Ms Harris said.
"If only the illiterate offender were compassionate enough to understand what $5500 could have meant to a family starting from scratch and requiring assistance or how many trolleys full of groceries it could have bought the needy."
Yvette Luckock had a hard-hitting message for the spray-can vandals.
"I don't find this humorous at all," she said. "Please spare a thought for the person who lived there.
"Vandalism is abhorrent and the vandals should be made to clean up a similar mess, repay the costs and be named and shamed for their actions not their spelling."
Gabrielle Burke said punishment should match the crime.
"It shouldn't be taxpayers it should be them, if they can't afford it make them work for nothing, make them go out and paint it and scrub it," she said.
Lauren Salisbury said she felt sorry for the victims of the attack.
"I live around the corner and it was terrible to see," she said. "Imagine how scared the kids that live there would be.
"My thoughts are with the family."
James Romire Wragg was offended by the bad spelling.
"Some bad spelling there, should stay in school," he said.