Business owner didn’t intend to offend anybody with sign

A previous sign was hung on the two poles that appear to be totems for many years before this one replaced it

  • Apr. 17, 2015 9:00 a.m.

The man who posted his business sign on what looks like two totems east of town says he didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Another sign advertising the Desiderata Inn had been posted on the poles for many years, carved with a chainsaw by Karl Motz.

“I took that sign down and put my sign up and it wasn’t put up to offend anybody or hurt anybody’s feelings,” said the new owner of the property, who didn’t want to be identified because he has received threats on his answering machine.

The sign, located along a frontage road of Hwy16 in Thornhill east of Terrace advertises Pacific Quality Exteriors Ltd., a roofing business.

Photos were taken and posted on Facebook drew a lot of criticism about it being disrespectful to use totems, real or fake, as sign posts.

“It would’ve been really nice if somebody had come talk to me,” he added, saying he would’ve preferred someone sharing their concerns with him in a reasonable fashion instead of how it’s turned out.

He added that the sign has been up for about a month.

He has contacted the master carvers at Northwest Community College to ask how to proceed with the poles and said he was planning on calling the Kitselas too.

“None of this is meant to hurt anybody’s feelings or take advantage of the fact it’s a carved pole,” he added.

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