Woman Disturbed by Anti Obama Bumper Sticker Left On Her Car

A bumper sticker that reads I (heart) Comrade Obama was placed on a woman's car in a Creve Coeur shopping center parking lot Monday.

Local photograher Yana Hotter got a little more than she bargained for when she went shopping at the Dierbergs in the West Oak Shopping Center Monday. After a half hour or so inside, the woman who recently put a magnet in support of President Obama's re-election on her car, said she returned to her car after shopping and found something else: a bumper sticker that reads: "I 'heart' Comrade Obama."

Republicans have mocked Obama administration health care reform as "socialized medicine." To Hotter, an immigrant from Ukraine who lived under communist rule, it was no laughing matter. In an interview Tuesday afternoon, Hotter called it childish, disturbing, and was also concerned about what else could happen.

"Someone came to my private property and violated it," she said. "It's really disturbing and it's really scary, because if they feel that they can do that to a car, an inanimate object, what is next?" 

She's trying to keep things in perspective, realizing that it isn't as though a much more serious crime was committed. Still, she seemed concerned about what was lost in the incident.

"I want to feel safe, and I don’t feel safe in Creve Coeur. And that’s ridiculous. I’m not in East St. Louis, I’m in Creve Coeur for godsakes, it’s not…it shouldn’t be a place where you’re afraid."

Hotter has been in contact with Creve Coeur Police. She also said she checked the Dierbergs parking lot and saw no other cars with the same sticker.

Scott Simon October 24, 2012 at 11:47 AM
"I’m not in East St. Louis, I’m in Creve Coeur for godsakes, it’s not…it shouldn’t be a place where you’re afraid." I wonder if any liberals or Obama supporters will chastise her for this comment. Had it been made by a Republican or Romney supporter, it might be national news.
Jim Palmer October 24, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Mr. Simon, your remark is an example of precisely the same kind of parsing, wordplay, and smokescreen verbal deceit that (presumably) your candidate attempted to use against the President with the whole "when did he say act of terror" nonsense. It's a fact that East St. Louis is less safe than Creve Coeur. It's also a fact that this lady's car was vandalized by someone on (again, presumably) your team. Casting desperately about in an attempt to characterize the victim as the aggressor--which is a typical Republican strategy--doesn't change that fact. Nor does it change how (admittedly inadvertently) offensive it was to smear someone who came to this country to escape Communism as, herself, a Communist. Start policing your own party, sir, like those members of it who flipped me off on 270 because of my Obama sticker and called me a n-----r-lover, or like the one who yelled at my wife and small son in the parking lot of a grocery store the other day because of her Obama-sticker. Stop trying to paint Ms. Hotter as a racist or bigot because she used a legitimate comparison. You ought to be ashamed of yourself. Tragically, shame is a commodity sadly lacking in your party these days, from its presidential candidate all the way down to people like you. I guess that's what you mean by "trickle down."
Molly M. Collier October 24, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Guerrilla marketing is extremely common - and that is all this was. I think it is ... let's just say, a little more than DRAMATIC to say you are afraid in Creve Ceour because someone put a sicker on your car while you were in the grocery store. Seriously. For the record, I am a full Obama supporter - so I am not bias due to the content of the sticker. I literally just think its ridiculous. Get pissed about someone putting a sticker on your car? .... ok. But to make a public statement about how "its really scary." "What's next?" "I want to feel safe, and I don’t feel safe in Creve Coeur..." Put on your big girl pants and grow up, lol. This is not a slippery slope to the end of times for Creve Ceour. Its a sticker.
flyoverland October 24, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I saw two old ladies about duke it out over the election at the checkout at Dierberg's the other day. The best line was the sixty five year old woman yelling that she didn't want Romney taking away her right to have an abortion. I am sure this was a joke. If her Obama sign had been stolen or defaced, that would have been one thing. And, in Scott's defense, there are way too many examples to count of people using perfectly rational and true events to label conservatives racists. If you can't see that you are not looking hard enough.
Scott Simon October 24, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Sorry but it's your party that's cornered the market for decades who's a racist and who isn't. Look in your own glass house first.
Scott Simon October 24, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Isn't eavesdropping at Dierberg's in West County great? The late Art Linketter would have a boatload of new material for a show, "People Say The Darndest Things!"
Scott Simon October 24, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Glad to know your party is clean as a whistle. http://tpnn.com/with-obama-in-trouble-chris-matthews-throws-race-card/
LaDonna Appelbaum October 24, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Thank you Jim Palmer. I too have been harassed driving on Highway 40. A Guy tried to run me off the road, rolled his window down and gave me the finger. I have not heard any complaints from people who have Romney stickers are on their car. Stay classy right wing stay classy.! Stay safe Obama supporters !
flyoverland October 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM
In '08, I was kneeling down putting up my McCain sign and a guy with a pickup truck covered with union stickers pulled off the road and threatened me with physical harm unless I took it down. When I stood up, all 225 pounds of me holding a hammer, I think he decided he wasn't in the carpenter's union. I knew he was full of crap. I didn't even bother calling the cops. He was just a blowhard.
mary dee October 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I don't think this was put on a car by a person to be afraid of, but a person who lives in west st louis county with romney signs in their front yard. I don't have and Obana signs anywhere but I'm voting straight democrat. I never used to do this but the way republicans acts today I will never vote again for them unless they grow up. the speaker of the house is the worst. he's an sob.
Scott Simon October 31, 2012 at 02:12 PM
LaDonna, you wrote you hadn't heard from people who have Romney stickers. How about hearing from someone who filed a police report seeing two people "key" a car with a Romney sticker? If you don't think it happens, guess again.


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