A BUNDABERG man feels like he has been kicked in the guts after giving the younger generation a go.
Ross Newmann bought his parent's house as a rental investment property and decided he would lease it those who would usually be overlooked.
The 68-year-old retired Queensland Ambulance Services officer and qualified JP said he had always enjoyed helping wayward teenagers in the past and when the opportunity came to give them somewhere to live, he didn't think twice.
He said he leased the Bargara Rd property through a local agent to a number of "young lads" but before the end of the six-month term was forced to ask them to leave after discovering the house had been damaged.
"There was significant damage to the inside and to a window," Mr Newmann said.
"One of the boys' dads came to repair the house; but we had to ask them to leave."
Now the house has been the target of vandalism, with the words "junkie scum dog" spray painted across the front of the house.
Mr Newmann said it was quite visible from the road and he was not only embarrassed but felt disgusted.
"It's in the hands of the police now," he said.
"A boy was seen riding away with a backpack about 6.30pm Monday night but I'm not sure who it was."
Mr Newmann would like whoever is responsible to own up and help him clean up the mess.
The volunteer rural firefighter said he had received offers of help from his colleagues to remove the graffiti but the incident had scarred him.
"I really just wanted to give young kids a go, but feel like I can't now," he said.
The house was had been in in Mr Newmann's family for more than 40 years and he said they were all upset and disappointed by the willful and disgusting act.
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