A business owner is leaving Lawrence, Kansas, but not before telling the residents how he feels about them and their city.
“There's things that you can’t say that are really harmless words. They’re just words,” Bob Fyfe, former owner of Payless Furniture, told WDAF (video below).
The once-proud Kansas State Wildcats fan decorated his red truck with numerous anti-Lawrence phrases that have captured the attention of his fellow citizens — some in support, and others, not so much.
“Lawrence sucks, ranked #1 city in the US to be a homeless bum, and brainwashed Marxist zombies,” reads one of the signs on Fyfe’s truck. Another reads, “Lawrence: Commie and Candy Ass Capitol (sic) of Kansas. Goodbye Obamaville.”
Fyfe is not a fan of President Barack Obama either. According to the Daily Mail, Fyfe called Obama a “liar, lawbreaker, hardcore Marxist dictator, pro-Muslim, anti-Jew, anti-Christian race divider.”
He went on to characterize the children of the town as “sheeplike spoiled and lazy urban candy asses” and “dumbdowner (sic) slaves.”
“They don’t call it Snobville for nothing,” Fyfe said. “You get a lot of kids here from Johnson County (Kansas), you know rich kids.”
Fyfe’s messages were met with protests by some residents who felt his signs were in poor taste.
“I don’t want people to be stopping and putting this kind of thing on Facebook and blowing it up to be a big thing,” protester Adam Dorssom told WDAF, as he showed off his own sign. “The sign says, ‘pay no mind to worthless bigots, just don’t give them attention.'”
Dorssom said he was particularly disturbed by one of the signs on the back Fyfe’s truck.
“The sign there, ‘even retards want to be free,’ Wow! That’s horrible.”
While some protesters used picket signs, others took a more creative approach.
A flash mob of protesters congregated outside of Fyfe’s store on May 11. They waved goodbye to the disgruntled business owner while dancing and hula hooping, the Daily Mail reported.
When asked why he would send such messages to a community he had been serving since 1978, Fyfe told the Lawrence Journal-World: “I appreciate the business they gave me. It is not everybody, but it is a majority in Lawrence. It is not the young people’s fault. They are just so brainwashed.”
Fyfe did not say where he was moving to next. He told WDAF he wishes to “be around people that are freer” and that “love their country” and “believe in work.”
Still, Dorssom said he has no hard feelings towards Fyfe.
“Good luck wherever you’re moving to, I have no ill-will towards you,” Dorssom said.