Some gay rights advocates are trying to win hearts and minds through vandalism, as a Chick Fil A in Frederick, Maryland makes the third restaurant this month to be targeted by vandals. Late Saturday night, gay marriage messages, and gay pride flags were glued to the windows of the restaurant.
The Frederick News Post reported:
Cpl. Gregory Santangelo said the items glued to the store’s windows included marriage equality stickers and an image with the American and gay pride flags combined. There were also several homemade signs, he said.
The store hired a cleaner to remove the items early in the day, Santangelo said.
Physical evidence and video surveillance of the suspect were collected at the scene, according to police.
The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.
That makes the third Chick Fil A restaurant to have been vandalized.
In Torrance, CA, the first Chick Fil A was vandalized with the graffiti message: “Tastes Like Hate” on August 3. The proud graffiti artist has since been arrested.
Castro took credit for the graffiti in an interview with the Huffington Post.“Everybody is entitled to free speech, but it seems like for the gay tribe, this is more of an issue of equal rights — human rights,” he said. “I’m against what these people stand for, what this company stands for. They’re trying to take away what little rights we already have.”
Investigators were aware of Castro’s comments and worked to independent identify him as their suspect, Jenkinson said. Using “numerous items of evidence” discovered at the scene as well as information gathered during their investigation, detectives consulted with the Los Angeles district attorney’s office before arresting Castro.
A day before he was taken into custody, Castro made another statement to the Huffington Post, telling his critics the act was “meant to further a discussion about tolerance and acceptance.”
“I didn’t use violence. I used paint. Artists for centuries have expressed their opinions through this medium and I am no different,” he said. “I am happy to pay for the costs of repainting the wall, but I am not — nor will I ever be — happy to sit quietly at the back of the bus.”
He can sit quietly in the back of the jail, instead.
A second Chick Fil A was vandalized, in Des Peres, MO, August 3.