A McDonald’s in Huntington Beach, California is reeling after their beloved beachside mural was destroyed by vegan vandals.
According to HuffPo, the restaurant was undergoing renovations when workers discovered the graffiti in October. The mural formerly depicted well-known Mickey D’s characters Ronald McDonald, Grimace, the Hamburgler and more.
But someone looking to spread a message to the fast food chain painted over the characters in black, block writing with the word, “VEGAN.”
The restaurant attempted to remove the tag and restore the mural, but their efforts were unsuccessful. The entire wall has now been painted over, and restaurant manager John Patterson is heartsick at the loss.
“We were heartbroken when we came in the next morning and saw this,” he said. “In 20 years, we had never had any graffiti vandals touch the mural.”
The mural was painted in 1987 by Iranian-born artist Saeed Danosian, who worked at the restaurant while developing his art career. Danosian passed away in 2008, and Patterson plans to recreate the mural in the artist’s honor.
Meanwhile, news of the vandalism has stirred up some in the veg community, and probably not the way the vandals intended. One commenter on Reddit wrote, “I dislike McDonalds and am myself a vegetarian, but that’s some serious bullsh*t. You don’t vandalize historic art. I hope the people who did this get caught and are forced to pay the cost of restoration and have the book thrown at them.”
However, other comments point out that there’s no proof vegans actually committed the crime. “While I too think this is an absolute shame (I remember it fondly from my childhood as well) it’s worth noting that this isn’t necessarily done by vegans and maybe just someone trying to make a controversial ‘statement,'” said one reply.
What do you think? Is this a powerful message that furthers the vegan agenda? Or a silly crime that sheds negative light on plant-based living? Hit up the comments!