MATA tries to clean offensive graffiti on bus stop

MATA tries to clean offensive graffiti on bus stop

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis transportation leaders are trying to clean up offensive graffiti put up overnight at a MATA bus stop.

The design appears to be a swastika on the outside of the MATA shelter at the intersection of Poplar and Cleveland Avenues.

There are lots of businesses in the area and people who pass the busy intersection say the sign needs to go.

"It is offensive. I'm hoping they do something to get, completely get rid of it. We ride this way every day to take my daughter to school, I showed it to her this morning," said Yael Arrington

Arrington isn't the only one who took notice.

Some wonder if the sign is gang affiliated. Stanley Lofton thinks the city should remove the unwelcome art, no matter what its meaning may be.

"It may be something to where they're trying to display some type of message, or something, especially putting it in this kind of business area here I think they really need to get that off of there," Lofton said.

We sent a picture to MATA. A spokesperson tells us responded with the following statement:

"We are appalled by all graffiti. In many cities, it is a big problem for transit agencies, but it is limited here. We have removed as much as possible with cleaning chemicals and a pressure washer, we have extra paint, and our maintenance crew will paint the shelters as soon as the weather clears up. The damage occurred between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., January 11-12."

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