The Huffington Post | By David Moye Posted: 12/12/2013 3:42 pm EST | Updated: 12/12/2013 3:42 pm EST
Sarah Childs’ holiday display has become something of a tradition in her neighborhood — much to the chagrin of her neighbors.
For the second year in a row, Childs has placed holiday lights on the rooftop of her home in Denham Springs, La., in the unmistakeable shape of a hand flipping the bird.
This year, she is doubling the impact of her holiday by putting two “birds” up on the house-top, sending a message that is making more than reindeer pause.
Childs reinstalled the first middle finger on Monday and quickly received calls from angry neighbors. Shortly thereafter, some Scrooge cut up her lights and extension cords into tiny pieces and put the remnants on her lawn.
“They went on my roof, cut them all up, cut everything up,” Childs told TheAdvocate.com. “They did the firing shot. It’s on.”
She has replaced the first finger and added a second one to emphasize her cheerful holiday message of goodwill and peace on Earth.
Actually, scratch that: She’s actually trying to get revenge on a neighbor named Kayla Weldon, whom she has battled with in the past.
“You know lots of people just resort to violence,” Childs told WWL.com. “Look at road rage, people flip each other off all the time. I really don’t see what the big deal is.”
Weldon believes Childs is pushing buttons with the middle finger-shaped lights in order to get fame.
“She’s crazy! She thinks she’s going to get famous from all of this crap,” Weldon told the station.
Last Christmas, Childs enlisted the ACLU to battle city officials over the right to flip off her neighbors with brightly-colored lights. Officials thought the lights should be considered “fighting words,” not “free speech,” but a judge granted a restraining order to Childs preventing the city from removing the lights.
The city reached a settlement with Childs in January that allowed her to continue the digital display, even though she doesn’t actually live in the house anymore.
Childs’ house has been empty since she and her husband divorced, which makes her lighting display even more offensive to neighbors like Todd Traylor.
“She doesn’t live there,” he said, according to TheInd.com. “I don’t even know why she’s back.”