Couple Forced To Take Down 'Honk If You Hate That B***h Carole Baskin Sign'
A Tiger King fan who erected a huge 'Honk if you hate that b***h Carole Baskin' sign outside her house was surprised when police told her she had to take it down.
Administrator Jazmin Page, 30, became a massive fan of the addictive Netflix docu-series after binge-watching her way through it, following the show's release last month.
She suggested to husband Liam, 29, that they make a sign about the show, which follows eccentric zookeeper Joe Exotic and his many rivals, in order to 'put a smile on people's faces'.
When their two kids were tucked up in bed on Wednesday night, the two parents put up a large waterproof sign encouraging people to beep their horns if they hated Carole Baskin, an animal rights activist who has become a viral meme sensation as Joe Exotic's nemesis.
Over the course of two days, the couple were amazed when 'about 100 cars' beeped as they passed their home, with one woman even causing traffic problems as she slowed down to shout support.
However, on Saturday night they were shocked by an unexpected visit from police, who not only said they had received complaints, but also claimed it was a section five public order offence, which bans displaying signs that are threatening or abusive.
Jazmin, from Gloucester, Gloucestershire, said: "We literally did it to put a smile on people's faces and it worked for a while, but someone obviously wasn't too happy.
"We watched Tiger King and found it hilarious that there are people in the world like that - with their guns and everything.
"I don't know how I got the idea. I just said to my husband, 'Wouldn't it be funny if we put a sign up outside our house?'
"We decided to do it to make people laugh as they drove past. People beeped their horns loads of time - about 100 times in two days.
"My eight-year-old kept asking, 'Who's Carole Baskin?' I just replied, 'Don't you worry.'"
To create the sign, Jazmin had printed off a huge placard as Liam nailed together a wooden frame to mount it on, before sellotaping the sign to waterproof it - extra points for that, I say.
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Jazmin said: "My husband is usually asleep on the sofa by 10pm, but he stayed up until 2am watching the whole series. It gets you gripped.
"Every time we watched an episode I was like, 'Oh my god, I need to know what happens next.' You have to watch more. It's completely unbelievable.
"So on Wednesday night we printed off the [sign] and I had a big bit of cardboard, so we stuck it to that and sellotaped over it to make it waterproof.
"We couldn't make it stay up though, so initially we nailed two pieces of wood together, but every time we tried to hammer it in the ground it fell apart. In the end we had to stick it to a pallet."
After putting the sign up, the couple went back into their home and started listening as passers-by showed their mutual appreciation for the sentiment.
Some drivers beeped or even slowed down to show support, while some pedestrians used their daily exercise allocation to visit the home and take pictures.
However, it was only a matter of time before it attracted the attention of officials, meaning the creative couple got a visit from the cops.
Jazmin said: "We were outside on Friday and a white van went past beeping continuously. They wound the window down and just shouted, 'F**k that b***h Carole Baskin'.
"We then had someone go past who actually stopped her car and the traffic built up, so people had to go round her.
"She was beeping and she shouted something but we have quite a long driveway, so I couldn't hear what she was saying.
"I don't know if the sign was offensive to somebody or whether it was the beeping that annoyed people, but someone reported us and the police came.
"I was so scared. I didn't go outside - I sent Liam out.
"They said they'd had a couple of phone calls from people saying they found it offensive, and under section five of the Public Order Act, we had to take it down.
"We still get people beeping though. We've had two today and we had four or five yesterday, even though we've taken the sign down."
Gloucestershire Police have been contacted for comment.
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