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City of Washington forced to remove Karen-themed Halloween display after resident accused lookalike


The Washington state town is forced to pull its KAREN-themed Halloween exhibit… after a resident was accused of behaving like an alleged scarecrow dressed as “Can I talk to the manager?” t-shirt was based on her

  • Prosser Town Hall had to remove its Karen-themed Halloween exhibit on Oct. 17 after receiving a complaint from a resident
  • Maricela Sanchez claimed the scarecrow wore a ‘Can I speak to the manager’ shirt and had shoulder-length black hair that looked like him
  • She claimed it was part of ongoing ‘retaliation’ [against her] for opposing a proposal for a city bond in the upcoming ballot’
  • Sanchez has actively shared anti-Bonds City Hall posts on his Facebook account and encouraged his friends to vote no
  • “Last weekend, City Hall entered an annual Halloween decorating contest with a gruesome scarecrow dressed to look like me,” she said.
  • The town hall denied it was about her or that it was not about retaliation against a resident
  • He withdrew his posting from the annual competition and said he would run a training course for staff on why the posting was unresponsive

A Washington town hall was forced to remove a Karen-themed Halloween display after a resident claimed the scarecrow was made to look like her.

Prosser’s Maricela Sanchez claimed the scarecrow wore a ‘Can I speak to the manager’ shirt and had shoulder-length black hair that looked like her and was part of the ongoing ‘retaliation’ [against her] for opposing a municipal bond proposal in the upcoming election.

Sanchez actively shared anti-Bonds messages from City Hall on his Facebook account and encouraged friends and followers to vote no on “costly and unnecessary tax spending.”

“Last weekend, City Hall entered an annual Halloween decorating contest with a gruesome scarecrow dressed up to look like me,” she told NBC Right Now. “Prosser City Hall engaged in targeted public harassment of a private citizen of Prosser on public land.”

She said the “grotesque effigy” was intended to “publicly humiliate a townsman”.

Prosser Town Hall had to remove its Karen-themed Halloween exhibit after a resident complained it looked like them

The exhibit, set up by City Hall, featured a small sign saying

The exhibit, set up by City Hall, featured a small sign that read “Karen’s Garden” and the scarecrow was surrounded by bright orange carnations and tiny pumpkins. The scarecrow was also dressed in a fall outfit, complete with jeans, a scarf, and a straw hat. It was dismantled on October 17

City of Washington forced to remove Karen-themed Halloween display after resident accused lookalike

Prosser’s Maricela Sanchez claimed the scarecrow wore a ‘Can I speak to the manager’ shirt and had shoulder-length black hair that looked like her and was part of the ongoing ‘retaliation’ [against her] for opposing a proposal for a city bond in the upcoming ballot’

The exhibit, set up by City Hall, featured a small sign that read “Karen’s Garden” and the scarecrow was surrounded by bright orange carnations and tiny pumpkins. The scarecrow was also dressed in a fall outfit, complete with jeans, a scarf, and a straw hat.

It was dismantled on October 17.

This was outside of the annual downtown fall decorating contest, where two winners receive trophies or best overall display and best theme. This year’s judging runs until October 23 and the winners will be announced on the 28th.

City of Washington forced to remove Karen-themed Halloween display after resident accused lookalike

Sanchez actively shared anti-Bonds messages from City Hall on his Facebook account and encouraged his friends and followers to vote no on “costly and unnecessary tax spending.”

The city apologized for the exposure, saying it was “inconsistent with the spirit of competition”. Although he denies that he has a resemblance to Sanchez or is a retaliation against his opinion on the link.

“It was in no way intended to be a political statement, likeness to any individual or community group,” Prosser City Administrator Thomas Glover told NBC Right Now.

“We investigated the issue internally and found that no one involved in creating the entry had any malicious intent.” These actions were regrettable, but unintentional.

The city will hold a training course for employees to discuss why the signage was insensitive, the outlet reported.

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