A Utah restaurant has sparked outrage from local residents, who are unhappy with the new sign placed outside of the restaurant.
“It looks terrible,” Hurricane City, Utah, resident Denise Mackelprang said. “I could see the bull, but not the details of the sex. It’s R-rated to me, especially with young school kids seeing it and talking about it.”
The sign, which is outside of Baristas Restaurant and features a bull with extra-large reproductive organs, is located across the street from Hurricane High School and has many residents infuriated over the overdone genitalia.
“The giant bull is awesome,” Hurricane City resident Angel Janell said. “The giant, weird testicles and penis are not even anatomically correct … that is my issue.”
Some residents expressed their opinions about the sign on Facebook, including Lindsey Knapp, who wrote:
“Holy cow!! Sure kids will see bulls on ranches, but not suspended from 25 feet in the air to make everything that much more visible and noticeable that otherwise wouldn’t really be seen! Don’t know about you, but my kids don’t lie down beneath bulls or any other animals to have that kind of vantage point that this particular piece of 'art' gives when looking at it from below.”
(via St George Utah)
The owner of the restaurant, Stephen Ward, feels that the residents simply have an issue with him and not the sign.
“If I put Pinocchio up there, its nose would be too big,” Ward said. “It’s me. It’s me. It’s not the bull. It’s not the restaurant. They don’t like me. But you know what, where does it say in the world, in the Constitution, that they can prevent me having the right to do legal commerce in the United States? That is my God-given right.”
Ward went through all of the necessary legal steps to have the sign approved by the city prior to installing it outside of his restaurant. The sign was confirmed and approved by Hurricane City Planning Director Toni Foran prior to the installation as well.
“We saw a depiction on a piece of paper probably about 3 inches tall that, you know, may not have had exactly the same proportions,” Foran said.
The city council and attorneys are looking into whether there are legal grounds to remove the sign, as reported by St George News. Residents have even gathered over 500 signatures on a petition to refuse Baristas Restaurant’s business license renewal.
“The business is licensed as a restaurant with what’s called the ‘limited liquor’ through the state of Utah,” Foran said. “The license was just renewed in January and I have not heard anybody that is intending to do anything else about it.”
“They’ve picked a fight with the wrong guy,” stated the restaurant owner. “‘Cause I’ve had it with their freakin’ abuse and violating my amendment rights.”
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