Obscene Graffiti Forces City to Repair Potholes

April 12, 2017 | Updated: 2:07 p.m., April 12, 2017

PLACERVILLE, Calif. -- A vigilante in one California city is using spray paint and phallic symbols to draw attention to problem potholes.

Neighbors in the area say the potholes along the street have gone unrepaired for a long time, but the graffiti just recently appeared.

"The potholes has been here for a long time, but the penis, that was just put there last night," neighbor Virginia Gabac told FOX40.

One spot had the phrase "what are taxes for."

Resident Geof Peabody said he knows the guy who did it, and said the guy did it out of frustration.

"Watched the kid who lives around here, he got a ticket because his front license plate fell off going through here, so they gave him a ticket for not having a front license plate," Peabody said.

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Resident Lucas Aspenleiter said he doesn't think the city will do anything because it is a low-income neighborhood.

"Penalizing me for being poor, now I got to fix my car driving on this road, and I don't have enough money to do all that," he told FOX40.

City of Placerville work crews were in the neighborhood Tuesday to remove the graffiti. The potholes were still there.

The city manager's office would not comment on the potholes or graffiti.