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Man upset over tradition of placing paper hearts around city

February 16, 2018 GMT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine man wants Portland’s so-called Valentine’s Day Bandits charged with a crime for taping a paper heart to his car.

The papering of hearts all over Portland has been a Valentine’s Day eve tradition for more than 40 years, but Brian LaVoie says they are touching personal property and “vandalizing.” WGME-TV reports LaVoie says he caught two “bandits” on camera who had taped a paper heart flyer to his car.

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LaVoie says he was upset because tape wouldn’t come off his car due to cold, and he’s annoyed he has to clean his car.

A city spokesperson says the flyers are not technically legal under a city ordinance. The Portland Police Department says people can contact them if their cars have damage from the event.

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Information from: WGME-TV, http://www.wgme.com