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Fight brewing over emoji home in Southern California

Posted at 10:42 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 13:49:59-04

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — At first glance, a home in Manhattan Beach in Southern California might bring a smile to your face. You might even want to snap a few selfies with it. But for those living nearby, it might be considered an eyesore.

Kathryn Kidd owns this home and when she first bought it she decided to make some money off it. So she started renting it out as a short term rental. But she found out the hard way that renting it out was illegal. Her neighbors reported her and she was fined $4,000.

Not soon after she was reported she painted the home pink with huge emojis on it. But neighbors weren't too happy.

"We are all affected by somebody so blatantly violating just common decency," said neighbor Dina Doll. "I think right off the bat this is an illegal sign she should've had that permitted. Two it's a public nuisance."

But Kidd says she contacted the city and was told that there are no rules against painting something creative on the sides of their homes.

"It may not fit in the neighborhood but it's to everybody's liking. Some people may like it. Some people don't like it," said Kidd.

Some neighbors say they're not done with Kidd and will continue to fight to get the emojis removed.