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Controversial bumper sticker in OB sparks street protests

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By News 8's Richard Allyn

(CBS 8) - A controversial bumper sticker reading "Welcome to Ocean Beach/Please don't feed our bums" has sparked protests in the street by those calling for a boycott of the local head shop selling them.

The Black began selling bumper stickers and t-shirts with the message last week. Dozens of opponents of the campaign, protesting in front of the shop on Newport Avenue Wednesday afternoon, are encouraging the public not to patronize the business.

Opponents of the sticker say that it paints all homeless people with a broad brush, and spreads a message of hate and intolerance in a community known for being open-minded and inclusive.

Several counter-protestors, who support the bumper sticker, say that the campaign is directed at young, able-bodied transients who aggressively  panhandle, urinate on the streets and sidewalks, and threaten residents who do not give them money.

Employees at the Black say they have sold out of the sticker, but are ordering more and will continue to sell them.

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