Cardiff resident Ian Splivingates (far left) joins Spy employees and others protesting the removal of a billboard. The sign was allegedly removed Thursday morning becuase of its provocative message and replaced with another ad. Photo by Tony Cagala
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Spy protests removal of billboard

ENCINITAS — Employees of Spy Optic, a Carlsbad-based company that provides eye wear for alternative sports athletes gathered for an impromptu protest Thursday following the removal of one of their billboards near S. Coast Highway 101. The billboard, which read, “Happy to sit on your face,” was removed early in the morning Thursday, said Rachel McClellan, a Spy sales employee. She said she didn’t know who had the sign taken down, but when they found out they made up signs in support of the company.

The billboard was promoting their new “Happy” lenses.

Andrew Valentine, a Spy employee, is part of the impromptu protest over the removal of a Spy company billboard. Photo by Tony Cagala

Spy has leased the billboard for a year, according to McClellan. They have had previous ads in the past with no problems.

“The slogan was ‘Happy to sit on your face,’ and our sunglasses sit on your face and people were reading it wrong,” she said.

The sign had gone up last week.

There is no word yet on who had the sign taken down.

“It kind of shines a light a little bit on conservative Encinitas,” said Cardiff resident Ian Splivingates, who came out in support of his friend who works for the company.



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