- Homeowner Kathryn Kidd painted her Manhattan Beach house bubble-gum pink with two cartoonish emojis.
- Neighbors believe the homeowner did this as an act of revenge after being reported for illegally listing her home on Airbnb and receiving a $4,000 fine.
- Kathryn insists that the emoji house was created to brighten up the neighborhood.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, an emoji painted on a bright pink house was enough to spark a feud in Manhattan Beach, California. It all started when homeowner Kathryn Kidd was fined $4,000 after her neighbors reported her for illegally listing her home on Airbnb. Now, neighbors are claiming that Kathryn purposely hired the artist Z the Art to paint emojis on her house as an act of revenge.
"The emoji house is positive, it is happy, and I think it is great," Kathryn told Inside Edition about her home’s new look.
But her neighbor, Susan Wieland, believes that the wide-eyed emojis with full lashes are meant to look like her. “I feel like I’ve been directly attacked with my eyelash extensions,” Susan told Easy Reader News. “It’s mocking me. It’s heartbreaking…I mean, it’s literally staring right at me.”
Although some neighbors—who live in houses painted a neutral palette— went to the City Council to force the homeowner to paint over the emojis, they were unsuccessful because the paint job is not, in fact, illegal. But the feud doesn’t stop there—the neighbors are now appealing to the city planning board and are ready to sue Kathryn as a last resort.
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