The owners of a Thurston County auto repair shop said people were threatening to boycott their business because of a notice board above their building that read “Get Weed”.
The sign sits above Integrity Car Care on Black Lake Boulevard Southwest, but the auto industry has no control over what the billboard says.
Currently, the brand is promoting Bud Commander, a Tumwater cannabis store.
“The promotion and provocation of drugs comes at a price. Yeah, okay, we fix the cars,” said owner Randy Fox.
Owners Randy and Robert Fox read to KIRO 7 an anonymous letter they received in the mail from a self-proclaimed “Black Lake resident” circulating a petition to boycott the business over the notice board.
“I just felt a little threatened,” Robert said.
The author of the post goes on to say that he / she has collected 75 signatures from “disgruntled residents and concerned relatives.”
“I don’t understand why they couldn’t call me, why they couldn’t come in and tell me about it,” Randy said.
Randy and Robert were shocked by the letter. They have been in business in Tumwater for 13 years.
“As far as we know, we have a good reputation in this community. We do a good job, we are honest people,” said Robert.
They rent out the building and have no control over the billboard, including what it says.
“It’s just another billboard, another advertisement,” said resident Amber Kerr.
David Moore owns Bud Commander.
He said he was used to criticism of cannabis. He’s not happy that people bring their concerns to an unaffiliated auto repair shop.
“It’s unfortunate that people pick on anyone who can listen to them,” he said. “I want to be a successful business and to be treated with the respect of all other businesses and, in return, to treat other businesses and the community with respect.”
The billboard above Integrity Car Care is owned by Lamar Advertising. It is changed about once a month.
Moore has said he will move the billboard if it continues to cause problems.
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