A London auto mechanic shop says it has removed a message on its reader board sign after receiving an onslaught of online criticism.
NAPA AutoPro on Wellington Rd. frequently puts short jokes or puns on its reader board. This week, the sign read “Clown Lives Matter,” in reference to the scary clown craze that has recently swept across North America.
A London resident who did not want to be named spotted the sign, which co-opts the “Black Lives Matter” phrase, while driving on Tuesday.
“Racist incidents are going to happen, they’re going to happen no matter what, there’s no control over that. You cannot make light of it though. When there’s a serious movement or serious issue that’s being brought to light in international news, a movement, you can’t just make fun of that. Especially when people are dying to try and invoke change.”
The resident then called the NAPA 1-800 afterhours number.
“The lady said I can’t pass messages to Napa head office and then I told her what it was and she said ‘I will absolutely pass this message to Napa head office’. She wrote down the incident and said ‘I’ll make sure they get this’.”
The manager of the Wellington Rd. location was not available for comment Wednesday when reached by AM980. A supervisor at the store did confirm that the sign has since been taken down.
Meantime, Western University continues to investigate an incident earlier this month involving several students seen posing in front of a sign that read ‘Western Lives Matter” during Faux-Co celebrations.