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Coffee stand cover-up brews fresh controversy

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Vandalized or sanitized?  A community in Hillyard is divided over whether a near nude coffee stand billboard is appropriate for a neighborhood with lots of children. 

Recently though, it appears some "crusaders" have taken it into their own hands to "clean up" the sign. 

The sign used to show a woman wearing next to nothing, but now all the controversial parts have been scratched off and spray painted. 

It's no secret the sign has caused controversy in the neighborhood, but neighbors say this isn't the answer. 

Poll: Does this lingerie espresso advertisement go too far?  

"Thursday night somebody had ripped their butt off and started spray painting it," says Lynn Moore, who lives across the street from 2nd Base coffee stand. 

Moore says she doesn't care one way or another if the sign stays up.

"They're busy, they're making money and that's what it's about," says Moore.  What she does care about is that someone decided to vandalize the sign because they didn't agree with the way 2nd Base was advertising their business. 

"Is that like,if I don't like the color of your house, I'm going to go spray paint your house?"

  Holly Shields also lives in the neighborhood.  She says she can understand how people with kids may have a problem with it, but believes there's a different way to handle it.

"I don't think anybody should vandalize anybody's property at all," says Shields.   

"I think that there's other appropriate ways to take care of things like that," says Moore.  Both women say this act of vandalism makes the neighborhood look bad and say people should look at the bigger picture. 

"They're just trying to do a living and it's better than them standing out here on a street corner with a sign saying 'please feed me'," says Moore.

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