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Small group protests Asheville jeweler's billboard

About 15 demonstrators picketed with signs outside Spicer-Greene jewelers on Patton Avenue downtown. They're upset about a new billboard near the Jeff Bowen Bridge that says, "Sometimes it's OK to throw rocks at girls,"and shows seven gemstones. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

There was a small protest Sunday over an Asheville jewelry store billboard that created a big stir online.

About 15 demonstrators picketed with signs outside Spicer-Greene jewelers on Patton Avenue downtown.

They're upset about a new billboard near the Jeff Bowen Bridge that says, "Sometimes it's OK to throw rocks at girls,"and shows seven gemstones.

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Protestors say they don't believe the company's intended message was to promote violence, but that it still sends the wrong message.

"The thought that it is ever OK to throw rocks at girls, which we are offended by in and of itself, is something that we cannot agree with," said Nancy Larkin of Stronger Together.

"Jewelry is meant to be given in love, and that's how we meant it," said Eva-Michelel Spicer, co-owner of the jeweler. "We meant it like, when you love someone, you should shower them with gifts."

Spicer-Greene says a summer design and message of the bridge billboard was already in the works, and a request has been put in to move up the installation date for its seasonal change-over.

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