Couple feels like giving up

DISHEARTENING: Amanda Kristapsons is upset about a break-in at her Three Squids Cafe at Coolum Park Shopping Centre.
DISHEARTENING: Amanda Kristapsons is upset about a break-in at her Three Squids Cafe at Coolum Park Shopping Centre. Mike Garry

WHEN would-be thieves broke into Three Squids Cafe at the Coolum Park Shopping Centre last Tuesday night, it was almost the last straw for owners Craig and Amanda Kristapsons.

It was their second break-in experience in less than a year, and for a few hours they felt like packing up and going back to Melbourne.

"We've been here 10 months and we've had intruders in the home and we've also had the cafe broken into," Amanda said.

Amanda and Craig were woken up at their home in the early hours of Wednesday by police, who had noticed one of the large glass door panels at the cafe was shattered.

Amanda was grateful nothing was stolen and no other damage done to the cafe.

"They haven't trashed the place ... but obviously it's a big, oversized glass door so we've got to replace that. They went for the till but we don't keep any money in the cafe so that's good," she said.

The couple has been working hard to establish the business - Craig does more than 70 hours a week and Amanda combines looking after their three children with shifts at the cafe.

"We're doing our best," Amanda said.

"It's enough to tip us over and call it quits really.

"It's not that everything was taken, it's just the tidying up and the lack of sleep when you're already deprived from starting up a business. It's just disheartening."



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