Homeowners say swastikas painted on cars in South Austin
South Austin homeowners say they woke up to swastika symbols spray painted on their cars.
One homeowner on Kinney Avenue in South Austin says she woke up on Tuesday morning, went out to her car to go to work and found a pink swastika on her car door.
“It was really unbelievable,” homeowner Carolyn Soling said.
She says at first it was shocking and then she cried.
“We see hate crimes every day on TV but it’s not as personal, so to have it personally happen to you is scary,” Soling said.
Another homeowner down the same street said his roommate had a swastika spray painted on his car as well. Other residents on a neighborhood social media site said a third car was hit as well.
Soling called police and they came out, took pictures and are investigating.
Soling went to work with the swastika still on her car, but left early.
“I didn’t want to be on MoPac stuck in four o clock traffic with a pink swastika on my car,” she said.
When she got home, she took her car to an auto shop and they took it off for free.
“They said anytime anyone ever does puts any hateful things on my car they will be glad to remove them for nothing,” Soling said.
Soling said she thinks this happened by someone in the neighborhood and it may have been politically motivated. She says her anti-Trump posters in front of her home may have led to the vandalism.
However, the self-described hippie doesn’t hold any grudges. She says if she sees the person responsible she’d give them a hug.
“I’m sorry that they feel that way and I’ll hope and pray for them because I believe in love and peace,” Soling said.