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04/01/2014 12:49 am ET

Hawaiian Rent-All's Clever Sign Causes Outrage In Hawaii

Every town needs its witty sign king. For Honolulu, Hawaii, apparently, that king is Hawaiian Rent-All, an equipment rental company with a penchant for puns.

First, some backstory: the Honolulu Police Department recently garnered national attention when it lobbied against a bill that would make it illegal for officers to have sex with prostitutes. The HPD, not surprisingly, lost the battle, and Hawaiian Rent-All saw an opportunity to console the police officers.

"Don't worry HPD," the marquee sign in Honolulu read. "Still OK to rent hoes from us."

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The sign quickly went viral in the Aloha state, but some, including IMUAlliance, a Hawaii-based political action group, aren't laughing.

Faced with complaints that their sign demeans women and trivializes sex-trafficking victims, Hawaiian Rent-All explained itself the only way they knew how:

"As an Equipment rental company, Hawaiian Rent-All carries lawn & garden equipment. Tools that are available for rent include garden hoes, concrete hoes, mortar hoes and back hoes. Hawaiian Rent-All is unaware of any other meanings or uses for these tools."

Sticking to its guns, Hawaiian Rent-All does not plan to take down the sign until Thursday when, according to KITV, it is scheduled to be changed.

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