A Georgia city is on the hunt for a so-called criminal who put googly eyes on a public monument.
The statue of Nathanael Greene in Johnson Square, once a commemoration of ‘The Saviour of the South’, major general of the Continental Army, is now a laughing stock thanks to the addition of two props.
‘Who did this?! Someone placed googly eyes on our historic #NathanaelGreene statue in #JohnsonSquare,’ City of Savannah government wrote on Facebook.
‘It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it’s a crime’ the post continued.
Their Facebook page concluded:
We are hoping to find the person responsible! If you have information, please call Savannah Police Department.
Arrested for banter? I’m not so sure. Yeah, defacing war heroes isn’t the greatest way to let a city know you’re here for a good time not a long one, but can’t the googly eyes be removed?
While never having dabbled in the practise of vandalising statues, I imagine they’re made of sterner stuff than a bit of blue-tac?
Social media opinion was split, with one person writing:
So about a month ago I watched some dudes skateboarding on top of the Haitian Soldiers monument in Franklin square.
I watched not one, but two cops drive by, and an ambulance with a driver was literally parked right next to it (that was kind of funny because I was waiting for the kid to land on the fence).
Y’all weren’t worried about that though. But googly eyes on old Nathaniel?!? [sic]
Another joker said:
As a manufacturer of Acme Googly Eyes LLC, I can tell you that I’m shocked and chagrined to see our fine products being used in such a callous and demeaning manner.
We here at Googly want to let you know, we are doing everything we can to secure our product and make sure the manner they are used in will only be for serious matters here and forthwith.
Another person, not joking at all, fumed:
How about the fact that some of the parking meters are still having issues reading cards, but y’all have no issues handing out parking tickets and booting vehicles? [sic]
How about last night when I drove down Broughton Street and saw dozens of homeless people sleeping in wind and rain?
The gang violence, drugs being dealt left and right as cops drive right on by? Many people knowing there’s a huge coke and spice issue here in this city?
These should be no laughing matter, not some plastic googly eyes that can be easily removed. Take your jobs more seriously.
Sorry to end on a sour note there guys. Why not scroll back up and take another look at how funny that monument looks with googly eyes?
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