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Park signs gone after some claim they were insensitive

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Harris County removes several signs at a public park near Champion Forest after complaints the signs were insensitive.

"No Piñatas Allowed On Park Grounds" is what the signs said at Meyer Park. And adding insult to injury, some of them had the tilde on top of the "i" instead over the "n" where it belongs.

"This is such a culturally specific sign," said Tony Diaz. "And I'm sorry but a synonym for ‘No Littering' is not ‘No Piñatas.' That's actually a synonym for ‘No Latinos Welcome' to me, in my book."

It's not quite that sinister to others who use Meyer Park, although a few agree the sign was insensitive.

"I'm more than sure they were just trying to make sure that the area's clean and everything's picked up," said David Thomas, a jogger who happens to be African-American. "But you have to think before you put up signs."

Tony Diaz talked about the signs with a reporter from the Houston Chronicle, which ran an opinion piece over the weekend saying the signs needed to go. And by Monday afternoon, they were gone.

After hours on Monday evening, FOX 26 News tried to contact the Precinct 4 county commissioner whose office is responsible for the parks but there was no answer.

Diaz, however, is impressed by the speed with which the county acted.

"This does say that we do have a say in how the parks are organized."

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