A sign on a lamppost at the bottom of the Winooski Circle displayed the words "Yield For Sneakers Bacon" as part of "Operation Bloom, a city program put in place to keep flower beds beautiful." But Friday morning, it was taken down after a woman who identified herself as a Muslim posted in an online community forum that she was personally offended by the sign, according to a WPTZ News report, which wrote:
The owners of Sneakers restaurant spoke to WPTZ. They said they reached out to the individual who made the post and that they had taken the sign down. They also said they regret any harm caused by the sign, and that their goal was never to cause stress or bad feelings.
If businesses do some gardening they can post an advertisement where they do it, which is why the word "bacon" appeared on the Sneakers Bistro sign.
"It's nice that they were respectful enough to take it down," said Caleb Wiley an area resident, "but I also think they shouldn't have, or had to at any right."
Other Winooski residents joined the conversation, and online too. One post reads the word "bacon" is not offensive. It's something that describes food.
Winooski's city manager spoke on behalf of the city. She said:
The cool part of living in a diverse community is that it's not always comfortable. It's a fascinating place with lots of opportunities for conversation. The City has to pay attention to a lot of factors while acting within what we can regulate, said Katherine "Deac" Decarreau.
Others recognize it's a complicated issue, too.
I respect her religion and her right to believe what she wants but I'm pretty sure the first amendment extends to bacon and the selling of it.
The diner simply took a cue from the thick-cuts, Canadian-style and even turkey bacon listed on their breakfast and lunch menu for the sign’s inspiration.
There has been a huge backlash to the removal over the sign, leading the restaurant to takedown of its Facebook page and for it to receive complaints via its Yelp reviews.