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Controversial billboards removed after hundreds sign petition

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Billboards in San Antonio advertising software jobs have been removed after a local petition was started.

The online petition titled, "take that billboard down!" has gained hundreds of signature. It calls for the removal of 'code-up' billboards that many people say are discriminatory and offensive.

"It's not right. Don't put a negative thing on an industry and that's how I took the billboard, as being negative," said Terri Rehkopf.

One billboard depicts a woman who's title was 'hair dresser.' There is a line crossing out her job title out and it is replaced by 'software developer.' Another billboard is similar showing a coffee barista.

"They had these occupations crossed out as if these occupations don't matter anymore and we all know how important, no matter how small these jobs may be, they are honest jobs, they are jobs we need everyday," said Walter Perry, creator of the online petition.

Terri Rehkopf, owner of Ippo Daro salon, has been a hair dresser for 8 years. She feels the billboards attacked her profession.

"It's not right. Don't put a negative thing on an industry and that's how I took the billboard, as being negative," said Rehkoph.

A representative from Code-Up says when they learned of the petition and that the billboard upset or offended people, they decided to remove them. They say it was not intended to shame other job professionals but to encourage people of all career backgrounds to explore jobs in the software development field.

For more on Code-Up's response, click here.

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