Hi all, so I used to skateboard a lot but at some point maybe about a year ago I started to worry that what we call “street skating” might be immoral since it causes some degree of property damage (among other things, but I’ll just focus on this issue for the time being). The property damage I’m referring to is that when you do what’s called “grinding ledges”, or sliding on the corners of ledges with the steel axle that holds the wheels together on the board (i.e. the trucks), it can erode the ledge. See image- ancientskater.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/wpid-imag07511.jpg (note that the “damage” in this image might not seem problematic since it is behind a shopping complex and thus not a focal point, but skaters will also often grind more visible/ artful ledges) And business owners often get upset that ledges on their property are being so eroded, and will even install what are called “skate stoppers” on them.
Maybe the right thing to do is only to grind ledges where it does not seem that the owners will be upset? Or just keep it at the skatepark? In any case, some advice on the morality of the issue from a Catholic perspective would be helpful. I am open to consider the suggestion that I am being somewhat scrupulous about the issue, as I’m sure most skateboarders would be eager to suggest.