Auto Shop Removes Racist Graffiti From Man's Truck, Free of Charge

An auto shop in Buffalo, N.Y., cleaned Henry King's vandalized pickup truck for free after racist graffiti was sprayed on.

It was an unnerving sight to the staff of a New York auto repair shop as a vandalized pickup truck was driven into an auto body shop.

Mechanics and other workers at Collision Masters, LLC in Buffalo fell silent as Henry King pulled up last month in his Chevy truck, which was 80 percent covered by orange graffiti bearing racial taunts.

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"I was shocked," Frank Todaro, the owner of Collision Masters, told "I was shaking my head looking at him and said, 'You are not leaving this shop until I get that off.'"

Remarks such as "Go Home N*****" blanketed the driver side, passenger side, and tailgate of the pickup.

Todaro said he often receives cars with graffiti on them, but nothing like this.

“It wasn’t the norm of a standard accident, this is someone [who] intentionally went for his feelings and the community,” he said.

King came to the shop from South Buffalo asking for an estimate, but he left with a spotless car, free of charge.  

When King asked Todaro how much he owed him, Todaro told him “Nothing. You’re not paying me.” Todaro estimated the damage would have cost about $700.

“This one really hit home," Todaro said. "It was directed to the black race and you know what, that’s not what Buffalo stands for. We are the city of good neighbors for a reason and we did our part. That’s it."

Todaro said it took three different chemicals before the fourth option started to remove the writing. Multiple workers in the shop assisted to get King on his way.

“I really didn’t ask anybody to help,” Todaro said. “Everyone got involved, it was very nice.”

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The shop has been getting phone calls and comments on their Facebook page from people expressing their gratitude. They also received checks for $700 from anonymous donors struck by his actions.

Todaro says they will use the money for a good cause and give back to the community.

“We’re all brothers and sisters and we just need to continue that positive vibe and let everyone know we’re not going to stand for it,” he said.

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