Santa Barbara Business Upset With 'Chalking' Outside of Shop

Police Say No Crime Was Committed, Call Chalking Freedom of Speech

Joe Buttitta, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Anchor/Reporter, jbuttitta@keyt.com
POSTED: 05:10 PM PST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 12:00 AM PST Dec 13, 2013 
Santa Barbara Business Upset With 'Chalking' Outside of Shop
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

A Santa Barbara business owner is upset about chalk drawings outside of her State Street jewelry store.

Jackie Karp says "Silver And..." was forced to close Wednesday afternoon when a large group of young people started drawing chalk art on the sidewalk near the store front. Karp calls it vandalism.

Employees called Santa Barbara police and authorities responded. SBPD says the chalk artists committed no crime.

"What bothers me the most is that there is a bunch of people who can do this at one time in the middle of the day and close your business down and do all this and nothing happens," Karp said the next morning.

The chalk art did have profanities written outside the business. Power-washers were called to clean the sidewalk.