Fight Vinyl with Vinyl

“Tolerance” sticker aims to whoop ass on Bum sticker, but something’s missing . . . the physical opposition sticker itself.

Since reading and watching TV news reports about Frank Gormlie’s opposition sticker “Together We End Homelessness,” Penny and Buck from iHeartBums.com have been scouring Ocean Beach looking for the tolerance sticker. When the Union-Tribune ran a piece titled “Homeless at heart of O.B. sticker war,” Penny and Buck figured it was time to go out and find the counterpart in this so-called “war.” Yet try as they might, neither Penny nor Buck could find the tolerance sticker. They found several copies of their own sticker, “Welcome to Ocean Beach, Please Don’t Feed Our Bums.”

Even when Penny and Buck found people who’d been interviewed on TV news about the tolerance sticker, these people reported only being showed a “photocopy” of the opposition sticker. Then Penny and Buck discovered the reason neither they nor the people interviewed for the story had seen the actual opposition sticker. They hadn’t seen it, they learned, because the opposition sticker doesn’t exist, only the artwork for the sticker exists. It seems that someone failed to show-up to the sticker war.

Penny said she just couldn’t tolerate the fact that print and TV news would report on a so-called sticker battle, when one of the stickers didn’t even exist. For his part Buck said that he didn’t care, pumping up a mythical sticker was about as hokey as the opposition sticker itself. In fact, said Buck, “I like the way the two figures in the opposition sticker are shaking with their left hands—it’s kinda leftist, get it? The sticker is so lame it’s cool, I can’t wait to get a T-shirt of it myself.”

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About iheartbums

bum- a person who avoids work and sponges on others; loafer; idler.
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