A sign with a homophobic slur outside a Florida auto repair shop has sparked backlash from the local community and social media users.

The sign, which appeared to have been put up over Memorial Day weekend outside Rick’s Tallahassee repair shop, read: «Veterans get queers one day and child molesters get a month, why ?», seemed to refer to Pride Month in June.

A sign outside Rick's repair shop in Tallahassee, Florida.
A sign outside Rick’s repair shop in Tallahassee, Florida.Courtesy of Jackson Peel

Jackson Peel, spokesman for the Florida House Democrats, tweeted a picture of the sign and publicly denounced the message.

“This type of bigotry should have no place in our Tallahassee community,” Peel wrote. «It’s a shame and the people at Rick’s Repair Shop should be ashamed of their silly, hurtful and wrong words.»

The viral post, which was shared on Sunday, has been viewed more than 900,000 times and received hundreds of responses.

Tyler Clark-McLendon, chairman of the board for Tallahassee Pride, shared Peel’s tweet, saying the store «chose to have a hate-filled Memorial Day.»

Jeremy Matlow, Tallahassee City Commissioner also criticized the businesssharing Peel’s tweet and writing: «I’m not sure what a sad and miserable place a person must be in to take the time to post this, but I know that most people in Tallahassee reject this hate and respect the freedom of be who you are, love who you want, and support LGBTQ rights every month of the year.”

The store’s owner, Rick Hughes, is known in the community for sharing controversial messages outside of his store, according to Peel.

Hughes could not be reached for comment.

Since publication, Rick’s Repair Shop has received hundreds of negative ratings and reviews on business review platform Yelp.

Yelp posted a message Tuesday afternoon saying there was temporarily disabled the posting of new reviews on the store page due to «increased public attention, which often means that people visit this page to post their views on the news rather than actual consumer experiences with the business».

Earlier this month, drivers in Orlando, Florida, came across a violent and homophobic message on the highway, where a digital traffic sign that appeared to have been tampered with displayed the message «KILL ALL GAYS.»

Orlando police said the incident is under investigation. Orlando’s NBC affiliate WESH reported.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer denounced the hate message, calling the sign «disgusting» and saying «hate has no place in Orlando.»

«To Orlando’s LGBTQ+ residents and visitors: You are respected and valued here,» Dyer tweeted. «And we will not be deterred in our efforts to ensure our city is inclusive of all.»