SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - With just one week before the Springfield casino referendum, many lawn signs for both sides of the casino question have popped up all over Springfield, but one sign in particular caught many people's attention.
22News has a Report-It photo from our viewer. We blacked out the inappropriate word that was in Spanish.
The sign says " If you don't want to see Springfield [an expletive in Spanish], vote No, July 16."
These signs have now been removed.
Springfield residents told 22News the signs were at the intersection of Page Blvd. & Robbins Road and at Parker Street & Boston Road.
One resident, Orlando Ramos, told 22News he saw those signs as recently as a couple days ago. He is glad the signs are now gone. "To look at the sign with that type of language, driving around with my little girl in the car I was outraged. Something like this would not be acceptable English, it's not acceptable in Spanish."
Inappropriate signs were not the only concern some residents had; some people were also wondering why there were lawn signs on public property.
22News found one pro-casino sign and one anti-casino sign on a median on Sumner Avenue.
It is okay to put up a sign if you own the property, such as your home, front yard or business, but for public property, putting up signs is not allowed.
22News has not heard back from Springfield Police about these signs, but we do know that if you're caught placing signs on public property, without a license from the Department of Public Works , you will have to pay a $50 fine.