Police ad panned for promoting graffiti reward during date

A government ad has been panned on social media for showing a man boasting about dobbing in graffiti vandals during a romantic date.

The community service announcement begins with a boyfriend buying his girlfriend flowers before they stop off for a cup of coffee at a trendy, inner-city cafe.

The romantic date in the Perth suburb of Leederville takes a cringeworthy turn after the woman asks her partner what the special occasion is.

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A man uses the special occasion of a romantic date to boast about dobbing in graffiti vandals

A man uses the special occasion of a romantic date to boast about dobbing in graffiti vandals

An actor wearing a black beanie demonstrates graffiti vandalism at work at a bus shelter

An actor wearing a black beanie demonstrates graffiti vandalism at work at a bus shelter

He replies: 'Well, remember those guys who were tagging the bus stop? I’m sick of them doing it and tagging so I reported them. I didn’t realise that we got a reward.’ 

In a piece of ham acting, the girlfriend is impressed. 

‘That’s awesome. It's a win, win.'

The Western Australian Police Force's efforts to promote rewards for dobbing in graffiti artists had plenty of Facebook critics.

'Saving money on actors to pay rewards, I like it,' one man said.

This Facebook critic was annoyed at his taxes going towards a government ad on graffiti

This Facebook critic was annoyed at his taxes going towards a government ad on graffiti

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