A racy front yard Easter display outside a dentist’s office has sparked a veritable holy war in one New Jersey city, with one offended resident destroying the “disgusting” creation — which its owner vowed would be resurrected.
Wayne Gangi, 61, set up five scantily clad female mannequins wearing lingerie, fishnet stockings, bunny ears and holding baskets outside his dental office in Clifton.
But the naughty decorations were apparently too obscene for one neighbor, who dismantled them in a move that was caught on video and posted to Twitter by a PIX11 reporter.
“It’s disgusting. I live across the street,” Desiree Mozek said as she used scissors to take down the mannequins Tuesday, according to the clip.
The mortified woman said she had no regrets about trashing the display.
“I think I did something right,” Mozek told NBC New York. “I get that point that it’s his property, but come on, what the hell already … that’s disgusting already.”
Mozek said she “did what I had to do.”
According to Mozek, she even admitted her actions to police when they contacted her about the matter, NBC New York reported.
Gangi said the damage to his Grove Street display will cost him between $500 and $1,000 — and he is seeking a restraining order against the woman, according to NorthJersey.com.
The decorations, which Gangi called a “spoof,” will be put back up as soon as possible, he said.
Gangi said he knew his Easter spectacle was controversial to some but he did not expect it to be vandalized, according to NorthJersey.com.
Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi commented to NJ.com on Gangi’s Easter set-up, saying: “It’s certainly not the Easter display that maybe I would put up.”
“For some people, who are more attuned to the religious portion of the holiday, it’s offensive,” Anzaldi said, adding, however, that the situation “is a First Amendment-type thing.”
Not everyone was opposed to the Playboy-esque display.
“I love it. I think it’s great,” neighbor Cheryl Lueddeke told NBC New York. “You know what? People need to get over themselves, they need to lighten up, have a sense of humor.”
Gangi is known in the area to set up decorations for multiple holidays outside his Clifton office. The same mannequins used for the Easter display were once part of his Halloween decorations, NorthJersey.com reported.
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