By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
A sign posted on his chimney started as an act of frustration on the part of one Keizer man, but it’s become a line in the sand and a curiosity for passersby.
Police were summoned to the home of Alex White in the 5000 block 8th Avenue Northeast at 10:35 a.m. Sunday, April 24, responding to a call from a neighbor who reported overhearing an argument.
“I have a child in the home with a behavioral disorder and we had an incident at church that morning. When we got home I went out on the back porch and my wife and I were having a heated discussion through the door about how we were going to put his intervention plan into place for the rest of the day,” White said.
He hoped whoever had made the call would come and apologize, but when that didn’t happen he put together a double-sided sign reading, “To the nieghbor (sic) on Easter (expletive) yourself.” White does not own the home.
“More than anything, it was that they did it on Easter. I only intended it to be up for an hour, but now that the story’s gotten out, I want a public, published apology. People have driven by and taken pictures and now my name is being dragged through the mud,” he said. White said the misspelling was intentional in hopes of frustrating the individuals he suspects made the phone call.
Amid the online detractors, White said passersby have also come up to his door and offered their support and encouragement.
“We weren’t intentionally trying to disrupt anyone’s day, we were trying to remove ourselves from the presence of the child and have a discussion about what we were going to do to handle the situation for the rest of the day,” White said.
Police have been summoned to the address four times prior to the Easter Sunday incident, one was for the an investigation into a private business transaction and the other three involved the behavioral issues with the stepson, said Capt. Jeff Kuhs, of the Keizer Police Department.
While the police have no authority to respond to the sign or its contents, the city is sending White a letter stating that the sign runs afoul of Keizer sign codes.
“For cases like this, the sign can’t be above the roof line and it can’t be larger than six square feet, but we can’t censor content,” said Nate Brown, Keizer community development director.
Once White receives the letter, Brown said, he will have a week to bring it into code or be subject to a citation.