Photo of penis-shaped light next to grab of its owner Shelby Gash
Shelby Gash erected a giant penis-shaped light on the roof of her house in Lenexa, Kansas, to mark the festive season – but her neighbors failed to see the funny side (Picture: Q97X/WTVR)

A homeowner has infuriated her neighbors by erecting a giant, penis-shaped illumination on the roof of her house for Christmas.

Shelby Gash, 24, admits the light is supposed to look like a man’s genitalia, and says she decided to display it because her neighbors are ‘kind of uptight’ and have an ‘ornery’ vibe.’

Marcelo Vergara, who lives near Gash in the Whispering Hills neighborhood of Lenexa, Kansas, is among those who have failed to see the funny side:

He said: ‘Well it’s certainly a statement.

‘I don’t know to what but probably not appropriate for the neighborhood..

‘It’s a joke that wears out pretty quick.’

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His wife Christi added: ‘Yeah, and I don’t think it’s appropriate for little kids.’

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Christi had originally claimed that the display would have made her ‘wreck her car laughing’ if she’d first spotted it while driving, but quickly soured on the vulgar display.

Explaining her decoration further, Gash said: ‘People think it’s hilarious.

‘People are stopping in the middle of the night taking photos and laughing.

Grab of neighbors Marcelo and Christi Vergara
Neighbors Marcelo and Christi Vergara were among those upset by the decoration

‘People think it’s so much fun.

‘I think there’s a lot more laughter than it’s bringing out anything uncomfortable.’

Gash eventually relented after hearing how the light had upset neighbors with young children.

She removed it after four days, but told WTVR that she wished neighbors who had an issue were able to contact her – instead of moaning to a TV station.

Marcelo Vergara said he was happy about its removal, and added: ‘I think that (the light is) probably not in the Christmas spirit.

‘Now, we got it. Let’s move on.’

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