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Controversial tailgate decal removed

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A Texas company that created a realistic tailgate decal on a pickup truck, showing a woman appearing to be tied up, has removed the decal.

Hornet Signs is a Waco, Texas company that created the decal in an attempt to see how lifelike their decals look, KWTX reported.

The company owner, Bob Kolb, said the tailgate decal was removed from the truck Monday afternoon following backlash and threats. Kolb said once the decal was removed, it was burned.

"I wasn't expecting the reactions we got, nor do we condone this by any means," Kolb said last week.

In the past few days, the story went viral. The company's Facebook page has been littered with harsh comments from individuals voicing their opinions about the decal.

Responding to the threats, the company posted on their Facebook page Monday saying, "While the negative publicity we have received is not unwarranted, we would like to respectfully remind the public that, threats and personal attacks on our employees are also a form of abuse that many of our critics have voiced such outrage and concern over."

The company said it has donated $2,500 to the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children in Waco. Kolb says the company has plans to make additional donations to the advocacy center in the near future.

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