WACO, Texas, (UPI) — A tailgate decal depicting a bound woman lying in the bed of a pickup truck was destroyed by its Waco, Texas, creator after negative publicity.
Brad Kolb, owner of Hornet Signs of Waco, burned his company’s creation, a life-size and realistic decal suggesting a bound woman was lying in the truck Monday, in response to a worldwide condemnation that included threats against the company’s employees, KWTX-TV, Waco, reported.
The company also announced it had donated $2,500 to the local Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children.
The decal, of a female employee of the firm who volunteered to pose, was created to gauge response, Kolb said.
“I wasn’t expecting the reactions we got, nor do we condone this by any means,” he said.
The company’s Facebook page is filled with critical comments and threats from around the country and from the United Kingdom and Australia.
“I was appalled” by the tailgate depiction, said Amy Perkins, the Advocacy Center director, “but the good thing about the publicity is that it’s brought awareness to something that happens in our community.”