There are fans of Huntington Beach, California. And then there are superfans. Laura Romero is one of them. An HB resident, local business owner and vice president of Kiwanis Club of HB, her concern for the local community prompted her to create a t-shirt representing her pride and charitable spirit. The Monopoly-inspired graphic tee welcomes people to HB, but advises them to behave. There's no "get out of jail free" card in Romero's book when it comes to her hometown.
"My idea was to promote positive vibes toward visitors," Romero tells us, adding, "But, disrespect it, and you're outta here!" Illustrated by her Fountain Valley graphic design studio Apples & Oranges, the design aptly portrays her vision via Officer Edgar Mallory dragging an intoxicated, pilfering Milburn Pennybags "directly to jail." The beginning text reads, "Welcome To Huntington Beach. Enjoy Responsibly."
Shirts retail for $15, and 20 percent of the profits are donated to nonprofit Kiwanis HB. Pick yours up from one of three local spots: Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum (411 Olive Ave), Delilicious (16582 Gothard St) or Pure Water Plus (19099 Beach Blvd).
So far, more than 120 shirts have been sold.
Romero's message is simple and can be chanted or sang: R-E-S-P-E-C-T.