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Chick-Fil-A Graffiti

Tastes Like Freedom ...

No Jail for Artist

11/10/2012 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1109-chick-fil-a-twitterTastes like freedom for an L.A. artist who spray-painted the side of a Chik-fil-A restaurant with the words, "Tastes Like Hate" ... 'cause he just scored a major legal victory, avoiding any jail time.

Manual "Manny" Castro Jr. inked the Redondo Beach locale back in August ... after a Chik-fil-A honcho made comments against same-sex marriage. Manny owned up to the artwork in an interview and was promptly arrested. He faced up to a year in jail.

Manny struck the deal Friday, with the help of his lawyer Blair Berk, pleading no contest to misdemeanor vandalism.

He was placed on 3 years probation and had to cough up $400 in fines. He has to do 100 hours of community service.

Oh, and he's also banned from Chick-fil-A.

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31.

Lindy    

It is not hate to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman..something that has been normal and has produced children for thousands of years!

710 days ago
32.

KnuckleDragger    

51 posts so far...and no one noticed that the "graffiti" was not spray-painted...it was done with a roller?


Obviously we have art critics here...but no actual artists.

710 days ago
33.

nursinggal30    

FY I: The vandalisim occured at the Torrance location, not in Redondo Beach

710 days ago
34.

msdawndawn    

Now kiddies....this concludes our lesson on our first amendment rights. See....everyone has a right to disagree & only the left has the right do damage private property in protest and get away with it. If you don't like the moral or lack of moral stance any company takes, then don't buy their product....period. Graffiti'n private property is not going to change anyone's mind.

710 days ago
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OBAMA CLAUS     

Personally , i myself have never tasted 'HATE" to know what it tastes like, the perp. has ,had "Hate" on special occasions alledgely, so he is telling us that Chick_Fillet tastes like 'HATE' , i conclude that 'HATE" must be DAMN tasty , i wonder if he owns a OBAMA PHONE......


OBAMA CLAUS IS COMIN TO TOWN

710 days ago
36.

Eric     

Actually Chick-fil-a shows everybody that walks into their store respect. Just because they have a different opinion doesn't mean they hate.

710 days ago
37.

Grace    

Good. I'm glad he's banned from Chick-Fil-A. His hate is not wanted.

710 days ago
38.

Los Pepes    

((How ironic
The real hater is the fool who did this
Some people take stupidity to another level

710 days ago
39.

Skar    

Gay people are hypocrites.

710 days ago
40.

R34    

As a "leftie" I would like to apologise for the actions of this man. if a place promotes hate them just don't go there. Vandalising the building just brings you down to their level.

Besides, each store is owned by different people that more then likely don't share the same outdated views as the CEO.

710 days ago
41.

Spicy mag    

Dumbest business move ever. Curious how much money they've been losing since owner made the comments.

710 days ago
42.

Beth    

Slanted sentences again. Its the subject matter that depends. He may have no jail time but he still pleaded no contest. Do it again and he will probably see some stripes next time. Those who spout the word hate are usually the haters.

710 days ago
43.

Me    

Because you are supposed to go to jail for a rather limited vandalism with black paint? Lol. if yes then it is a scary nation.

710 days ago
44.

G    

You people at TMZ are chronically ignorant. You think he scored a major legal victory? He now has an arrest record which he will have to disclose for the rest of his life every time he applies for a job or applies for credit or buys a house or fills out just about any other kind of application. THIS IS REALLY ABOUT THE PEOPLE AT TMZ APPROVING OF THE MESSAGE AND COMPLETELY IGNORING THE FACT THAT HE COMMITTED A CRIME. Aren't you proud? Idiots!

709 days ago
45.

Eli    

People have a right to believe what they want ***gots.

709 days ago
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