You spray, you pay.

In a bid to slow a graffiti epidemic, San Francisco is testing an innovative legal maneuver and asking courts to treat the city like a property owner and allow it to seek damages for cleanups.

The city has sued a woman that San Francisco officials say is an infamous graffiti vandal. In a complaint, the city alleges Cozy Terry is responsible for 28 acts of vandalism on city buses, as well as other instances of defacing city property.

Deputy City Attorney Jill Cannon tells the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1I325xh ) that cleanup and repairs will total nearly $54,000.

She says the city wants a judgment against the woman to cover the bill.

Evidence being compiled by city attorneys includes social media postings of graffiti.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com