PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –When someone painted a swastika on a city trash can along a busy stretch of Spruce Street near 3rd Street, the graffiti did not stop there.
“That was pretty offensive and I was pretty surprised to see that in my neighborhood,” said neighbor Stuart Malcolm, who lives right across from where the trash can was tagged.READ MORE: At Least 2 People Shot, Killed In Violent Thursday Night In Philadelphia
Malcolm said another person apparently came by and crossed out the swastika in yet red, and yet a third person used white paint to scribble an obscenity and the words “Nazi Punks.”
“We have a fair number of Jewish people who live in the neighborhood,” Malcolm said “So I can understand why they’d be incredibly offended by it. We also have synagogue just around the corner, so yeah it’s a pretty offensive thing to see.”READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: 'There Really Are Problems Everywhere,' Even For Small Companies
At this time of year a lot of people traffic the area where the swastika was painted. Many walk or drive along Spruce to get to and from Harbor Park for fireworks.
CBS 3 called police about the Nazi vandalism, and the department sent out two officers. They said there are no other signs of hate speech sprayed in the area.MORE NEWS: Bensalem Officials Receiving Grant Money To Combat Crime Along Route 1 Hotel Corridor
About two hours later, a city clean-up worker scrubbed away the offensive graffiti.