A Manhattan Beach, CA homeowner is proving to be %100 percent THAT emoji-loving bitch by painting her house bright pink with two giant emojis on it after a neighbor snitched on her for using her house for short-term rentals. It used to be that snitches get stitches, now it’s a “shut up emoji” painted on your house to lessen your neighbor’s property value.
According to The Los Angeles Times:
A neighbor reported the home’s owner, Kathryn Kidd, to the city for using the property for short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, which is illegal in Manhattan Beach. Now the property is painted bright pink with yellow emojis.
The mocking nature of the paint job, neighbors say, is in the emojis. An emoji on the duplex’s top floor shows one smiling face with its tongue sticking out and eyes looking in different directions crowned by long, bold eyelashes. Another on the lower level shares the same eyes and lashes but has a zipper across the mouth, representing the “shut up” emoji. Susan Wieland, the neighbor who reported Kidd, told Easy Reader News that she was wearing eyelash extensions when she once met Kidd.
Emoji homeowner, Kathryn Kidd is claiming that emojis are simply artistic expression and she didn’t mean to offend anyone. (Winking Emoji). Or maybe she’s just a super fan of the cinematic masterpiece, “The Emoji Movie” and wanted her neighbors to appreciate the art.
“I’m trying not to offend anybody,” Kidd said. “I did it for the purpose of being happy, being positive, and I think it’s cute and quirky and kind of funny, and certainly was a time for the emoji.”
Either way it’s proving to be a sad emoji face situation because the neighbors can’t get the city to make her take it down.
In a video of the July 10 meeting, City Atty. Mike Estrada explained to commission members that the city had “very little, if any” jurisdiction over murals painted on private property with no public funding or public involvement.
“We plan on speaking about it [on Tuesday] because the sense I’ve gotten from speaking with council people since then is that they’re a little bit reluctant to take action,” Doll said ahead of the meeting . “I think the city is afraid of [Kidd] coming after them.”
I spent my high school years in a New England town that wouldn’t let people put colored lights up (only white lights) on Main Street, so I can’t imagine the WASPy riots that would happen if someone painted emojis on their house. And it sounds like it’s going to be an uphill battle to get this emoji mural down. Maybe the neighbors will think twice about snitching! I mean, this lady didn’t even use a poop or eggplant emoji. Missed opportunity.
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