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Posted: 04/16/14

FB post for rock causes outcry

      A hoax on a Facebook page about the Romeo Rock caused backlash from residents.
       The message posted April 8 said the Romeo Rock, located on Van Dyke in front of the former Kmart, was now the Sherwin-Williams Rock because the company purchased the rights from Washington Township. The post went on to say that a $20 permit was required from the township to paint the rock, and only Sherwin-Williams paint could be used.
       Around 200 responses were posted, with people expressing anger or disappointment at the township and threatening to boycott Sherwin-Williams.
       Washington Township Supervisor Dan O'Leary said the post was untrue, and questioned the motivations behind it.
       The administrators, who are not identified on the Facebook page, later posted that it was a joke and apologized for "any and all undue unrest this may have caused our quiet community."
       The Romeo Rock is famous for displaying messages painted onto it by residents for occasions like birthdays or remembering a loved one.


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