Etobicoke resident receives hate mail after painting mural on garage door

South Etobicoke resident Sapna Shah said she’s feeling “angry, hurt and scared” after recently receiving two anonymous letters, one of which had clear racial undertones, in her mailbox.

It all began about three weeks ago when the mother of two hired a local artist to paint a unique mural on the garage door of her townhome.

Two days later, Shah said she received a note written in red marker addressed “To the owner of the house” that said “You do not live in a house! This is a community! …”

“I couldn’t believe someone wrote this to me. That’s not how you treat a member of the community by leaving an anonymous note of this nature,” she said Wednesday morning.

Shah, who has lived in her home near Royal York Road and The Queensway for about a year and a half, shared the upsetting incident on a local Facebook group.

“Everybody was so supportive,” she said, adding the vast majority of those who commented couldn’t believe someone would do that.

Just over a week ago, Shah said she received a second letter, which this time was typed in all caps and placed in an envelope with a stamp.

Addressed to “GHETTO GARAGE DOOR,” the note’s author charges Shah “devalued all of the homes in this area with that hideous graffiti at the front of your house.”

“It has made the entire neighbourhood look like a low income ghetto,” they went on to say, adding Shah has “no consideration for anyone but (her) tasteless self” and erecting this mural is a “total…

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