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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A newly-opened Mexican restaurant in North Carolina is facing some backlash after a group of customers are offended by two of their statues.

WBTV reported that the Hot Taco in Charlotte currently has two statues outside their front door which seem to show a Latino man napping.

A petition has recently been started asking the restaurant to remove the statues. About 150 people have signed it.

“You know I didn’t expect to see it in 2015,” said Amalia Deloney, who started the petition, according to WBTV. “I didn’t expect to see it in front of a restaurant so prominently displayed.”

People who have signed the petition claim the statues represent a negative stereotype about Latinos. Deloney called the statues “shocking” and “disturbing.”

WBTV talked to other customers who didn’t seem to be bothered by the statues. One said the statues will not stop him from eating there. Another said they are “just two people sleeping.”

The TV station reached out to the restaurant, but has not gotten a statement about the issue as of Monday night.