- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (AP) - Orange County Fire Authority officials have yanked fundraising T-shirts that featured caricatures of firefighters in baggy gangster-style clothing and a chicken atop a fire engine outfitted with low-rider rims.

The Orange County Register reports (https://bit.ly/1kfq3wy) firefighters at Rancho Santa Margarita’s Station 45 produced the shirts to raise money for the family of a deceased colleague.

The design also pictured a vendor with a fire helmet and a droopy mustache hawking tamales, while a pit bull stares menacingly.

The shirt reads: “There goes the neighborhood.”

Santa Ana Councilwoman Michelle Martinez complained and Fire Chief Keith Richter called the shirts “ethnically insulting.”

The station no longer sells the shirts and firefighters there said they meant no offense.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com


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