MANHATTAN BEACH — This Southern California seaside community is in an uproar after a home was given a new paint job featuring two huge emoji on a bright pink background.
Manhattan Beach residents railed against the makeover during a City Council meeting Tuesday night, with some saying the colorful home has become a tourist attraction.
“We have a lot of pedestrian traffic, car traffic, bikes, people sitting in our driveways, people filming, people FaceTiming,” a person at the meeting, according to KABC-TV .
One speaker called the paint job graffiti and another said it was an attack on neighbors.
Both bright yellow emoji are cross-eyed and have distinctly big eyelashes. One has a goofy expression with its tongue hanging out. The other has its mouth zippered shut.
The new paint job appeared after neighbors reported the home was being used for short-term rentals and the homeowner was fined $4,000.
Owner Kathryn Kidd earlier told KABC she didn’t realize short-term rentals weren’t allowed in Manhattan Beach. She also denied the redecoration is retaliation for neighbors reporting her.