Savannah, GA – A Facebook post by a Georgia city demanding to know who put googly eyes on a Revolutionary War hero’s statue has gone viral and may spawn more comedic vandalism.
“Who did this?” the city of Savannah asked on its website on Oct. 11 after the Nathanael Greene monument was vandalized.
“It may look funny but harming our historic monuments and public property is no laughing matter, in fact, it’s a crime,” they said.
But the Washington Post wondered if the draconian post by the city won’t backfire. Some online sites are calling the suspect the “googly eye bandit.”
“City officials may have stirred up more than they had intended. In two days, the post has been shared nearly 13,000 times, and attracted comments from far beyond Savannah city limits,” the Washington Post reported. “Most people poked fun at what they called an overreaction and said the result would surely be copycat ‘googly eye bandits.’ ”
“So I’m not a part of this community or anything, but you guys do realize you just dared your entire city to googly eyes all of your monuments right?” a Facebook user named Greg Lamb wrote, according to the Washington Post. “Just pick the eyes off and move on.”
Other Facebook commenters chimed in with puns.
One person wondered who Nathanael Greene was and then wrote, “Never mind. I’ll Googly him.”
The Savannah Morning News reported that police are investigating the crime. Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.
If caught, the fiend would likely be charged with criminal trespass, which includes defacing monuments or memorials, according to the Savannah Morning News. That is a misdemeanor unless the damage is more than $500. In that case, the crime would be a felony.
The police explained that they are taking this seriously to deter copycats.
“If we didn’t do anything this thing could get out of hand,” a Savannah PD spokesperson told Buzzfeed News.
Green was a general for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. He is buried in Savannah near his monument, according to the Savannah Morning News.