Mysterious graffiti tag in South End costs businesses hundreds of dollars

- A mysterious graffiti tag popped up in the South End and is costing business hundreds of dollars. It’s also raising questions about what it could mean.

It looks like a hand, holding a pen, writing Arabic letters.

"People that don't have no sense going around putting stuff on buildings," said Alfred Keyes, who works in South End.

Fox 46 Charlotte found the graffiti tag on the side of Prices' Chicken Coop and a nearby apartment complex in South End.

"Young generation today really don't care. They go around and put their names, signs, and gang signs on buildings. It really depreciates the value of the building and the neighborhood," Keyes said.

We're told these businesses haven't received any hate mail or threats. The community police officer says this is more likely graffiti than gang-related.

"I would hope that people would have enough respect to ask a business owner to tag up their building," said Abby Herndon who lives in South End.

As it stands right now, there isn’t place in South End where you can legally put graffiti which makes this a crime. Those who see it more as an art form say that should change.

"From an artist perspective, I like seeing things like that around town. I like seeing people being creative. I feel like people should have a license for something like that," said Avianna Rishebarger who lives in South End.

Finding out what this message says took some time and its meaning is still a bit of a mystery.

"I'd be interested to know what it means," said Herndon and Rishebarger.

Fox 46 Charlotte asked some Arabic-speakers. The closest translation? Something like "burn your teeth" or “burn your chains.” But what does that means? We couldn't find anyone who could answer that question.

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