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It’s the holiday season, so it’s always good to hear a story of giving—especially when people step to help someone down on their luck. After an Arkansas man found his covered in graffiti with racial slurs, a local Kia dealer replaced his car for free.

According to THV11, Reshod Johnson of Jacksonville, Arkansas was the victim of vandals after they spray painted is 2006 Nissan Sentra with various racial slurs and insults. While stopping by his job for a few minutes to pick up chairs for his son’s birthday party, the vandals stole items from inside his car and covered it in graffiti. Johnson, a full-time student, told THV11 that he and a friend spotted two white men with a pickup near the vehicle and that when he approached them, they ran away.


Johnson, also a veteran, told THV11 he couldn’t figure out why anyone would want to target his car and that he was embarrassed to drive the Nissan around with his 3-year-old son in it. A police report was filed, but Johnson said he wanted to bring greater attention to the incident. From THV11:

“We’re supposed to have advanced past this and to serve the country and to serve for everyone and to fight for rights and freedom for everyone and for this to happen, it’s like a slap in the face and makes you wonder for what,” Johnson said.

After a Facebook post caused the story to rapidly spread, reports that Steve Landers Kia in Little Rock, Arkansas took it upon themselves to help Johnson out and replace his car. They said it was the least they could do for a veteran.

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