One of the many controversial signs Hercules Fence posts. This one was posted during Breast Cancer Awareness month.Inside the Hercules Fence company office, a bulletin board is covered with yellowed newspaper clippings from every time the business has drawn attention — often from out-of-town press.
Other controversial signs at Hercules Fence Co.:
*2005: During Violence Awareness Week: "Take your ex-wife out. One bullet oughta do it."
*2007: "What has four wheels and flies? A dead cripple in a wheelchair." Advocates for the disabled picketed outside the business. The principal at Hillcrest School, which works with disabled students, expressed dismay; the company had done fence work at the school.
The company’s manager, Mike Garza, said the business is eager to get some fresh clippings.
The 58-year-old business’s claim to notoriety has little to do with fences, but rather the messages it posts on a roadside sign at its 4660 SE Maricamp Road location.
Now comes the latest offering. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, while many businesses are awash in pink ribbons and encouraging slogans, Hercules Fence has taken the opposite tack. The company posted on its sign a message to women that a breast inspection site is 20 feet ahead, and encourages them to display their breasts as they pass by.