A man in Buffalo, New York became the victim of a hate crime when his truck was spray painted with slur words and racist graffiti. Fortunately, a local auto repair shop saw this injustice and decided to step in, offering to remove the spray painted racist graffiti from the man’s truck free of charge. The South Buffalo man graciously accepted the offer.
Good Guy Auto Repair Shop Owner
On the side of the man’s truck, the vandal spray painted racist graffiti and slurs that are best left unspoken. The graffiti was sprayed painted in orange multiple times all over the truck. The victim and the employees of Collision Masters, the auto repair shop that offered to remove the paint, said that they were shocked by the hate crime, having immediately filed a report with the local police station. Since the victim filed the report, the Buffalo Police have been conducting an investigation to try and the individual or individuals responsible for the hate crime.
Henry King brought the truck to Collision Masters, located on Pearl Street in Buffalo, to have the spray paint removed. Shop owner, Frank Todaro, said, “As soon as he pulled it in, literally the shop completely came to a halt. I looked at it and shook my head looked right at him and I said you are not leaving until I get rid of that for you.”
Eight of the employees at Collision Masters immediately got started on removing the orange spray paint from King’s truck. Michael Nash, lead painter at Collision Masters, said, “My initial reaction was complete shock. I was concerned about the image of Buffalo itself, I don’t think there’s any place for that, my main concern was taking care of the guy, making sure he’s OK.”
Fortunately, removing the orange spray paint wasn’t too difficult for the Collision Masters. After about 30 minutes, the orange spray paint was completely removed. Normally, the job would cost about $700 but this good guy auto repair shop owner provided the service at no cost. According to Todaro, King was incredibly grateful. Afterwards, Todaro turned to Facebook to assert that Buffalo would not allow for racism and prejudice stating, “We’re all brothers and sisters and we all need to get along. We are the city of good neighbors.”
Despite an otherwise-negative situation, it’s always good to see communities come together and good prevail from a caring gesture.