Provocative tailgate decal stirs controversy

WACO (KWTX) -- A tailgate decal suggesting that a woman is bound and tied in the back of a truck is raising some eyebrows in the Waco community.

At a glance, the decal is extremely convincing and acts as an optical illusion to make someone think there is an actual woman tied up in the bed of a truck.

But a closer look reveals that the optical illusion is simply a decal, and there is no woman in distress.

The decal is the handy work of Hornet Signs, a marketing and advertising company in Waco.

According to Brad Kolb, the owner of the company, the sticker was put on an employee's truck to gauge how realistic their decals are.

"I wasn't expecting the reactions we got, nor do we condone this by any means," Kolb said.

"It was more or less something we put out there to see who noticed it."

Kolb said an employee volunteered to be tied up and was photographed so the decal could be made.

It was put on the employees truck about a month ago, Kolb says, and has been catching many eyes throughout the Waco community.

However, reactions have been pretty one sided.

Some viewers told News 10 they called police when they saw the decal, but Kolb says he hasn't been approached by a police department yet.

News 10 asked viewers via Facebook what they thought of the decal on Thursday night. A majority of people agreed the decal wasn't a good idea, saying, "Abduction or any violence against women is not funny or cute."

Only a few voiced opinions of support, like," This American business owner has a decal that made the news. Like it or not, it works."

Either way, Kolb says his company has seen an influx in tailgate decal orders since the sticker has hit the streets a month ago.

Which poses the question, "Poor taste, or good business?"


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