For the past several weeks, Coast Highway 101’s Coastal Animal Hospital, has created a brouhaha over its comedic signage. Currently, Dr. Brian Evans’s 4´ x 8´ highway frontage sign reads, “In Leucadia, stinky hippies are cool, stinky dogs are not.”
“We’ve received anonymous e-mails that said, ‘If you think of us that way, then go away,’” Evans reported on July 1. One of his staff members said most people think it’s funny and a lot have stopped to take pictures.
Not so, said business owner Laura, two doors down at Stone Steps Haircuts. She doesn’t think it’s funny associating hippies with Leucadia; and referring to them as “stinky” is rude.
Numerous Facebook postings, supposedly from Leucadia “locals,” have blasted the sign. According to another local Hwy. 101 businessperson, the outcry seems to be coming from those who can be described as ex-hippies — people who were in the scene during the ’60s and ’70s.
Considering it’s a town whose slogan has been “Keep Leucadia Funky” for years, Evans laughs at the situation. “I haven’t hated on anybody. We’re all Leucadia locals.”
Evans said he would continue to have fun with his signs…as he did a few months ago when his sign read, “A haven for crazy cats from crazy cat ladies.”
“I actually got angry calls from crazy cat ladies,” he says.