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Fun Police Make Beverly Hills Man Take Down Valentine's Sign

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The City of Beverly Hills is cracking down on one resident who just wanted us to wish us all a happy Valentine's Day. Shawn Far, who works in fashion and real estate, put up a giant red heart on a wall surrounding his home on N. Bedford Dr. near Benedict Canyon Drive and Sunset Boulevard. The 12-foot-tall sign read, "To all Angels, Happy Valentine's!" and glowed at night, KTLA reports. It was a simple wish for each and every Angeleno to have a pleasant day on a whimsical holiday that is difficult for some. What could go wrong?

Oh, something always goes wrong for those who have joy, whether it's a man trying to encourage reading in his neighborhood or a couple tourists trying to get it on in Santa Monica.

The issue with the heart is that only three kinds of signs are allowed in single-family residential areas, like Far's neighborhood. Those signs are: real estate signs, signs that identify a building, signs for security. Oh, and no glowing signs. Signs of love and cheer are not exempt from this rule, so the City ordered that the sign be taken down by today or the BHPD and a love-removal crew would be doing it for him. He had it down by 1 p.m.

This wasn't actually Far's first rodeo with bureaucratic well-wishing signage removal. Far also tussled with the City over a New Year's sign. Sadie Singer, Far's assistant, told KTLA that Far had hoped to at least keep his sign up until February 14, but he was given a firm 'no.'

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