This Home Depot Banner Upsets Customers For Some Reason

What do you think of when you think of Home Depot? Planes from a nearby airport crashing into the building, of course, which is obviously why this Home Depot in Farmingdale, NY put up such a creative felt banner. The person who shot the photo and posted it to NYCAviation last Friday says that when he asked to see a manager the sales associate responded, “What kind of manager?” You know, the store manager or the incendiary felt banner manager, because there’s both.

The website ANIMAL says that after receiving lots of complaints, the store has since removed the banner.

“Tasteless Banner in Home Depot Farmingdale” [NYCAviation] (Thanks to Bucky!)


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  1. fosterb says:


    • Griking says:

      It looks like something that kids designed. Perhaps there was a local school contest. I doubt that Home Depot designed that themselves.

      • c!tizen says:

        I don’t know, have you seen cabinets installed by HD? This very well could be one of their designes.

        • Griking says:

          Oh, I get it, that was a joke.

          I keep forgetting, all corporations automatically suck and do shoddy work regardless of who works for them.

          • c!tizen says:

            Yeah, either that or this corporation did a shoddy job installing my cabinets.

            • EdnaLegume says:

              don’t they subcontract work like cabinets?

              • c!tizen says:

                The 3 guys they sent to my house were wearing Home Depot ID tags and driving a Home Depot truck so I assumed they actually worked for HD. Although none of them seemed to know how to use a level and I suppose that may be an indicator that they don’t work in a hardware store.

                I went in the back yard to talk with my girlfriend and when I came back in they had 2 cabinets up on the wall, getting ready to hang a third, and that’s when I noticed a gap between the two that were hanging that was about 2 or 3 cm at the top, but a good inch on the bottom. I asked the supervisor why the gap was there and he tried to tell me it was the way the wall was shaped. I had to bust out with an old school level to show them that one (turns out both) of the cabinets was way off level, then I had to get a laser level to prove that the wall wasn’t deformed, and even if it was they shouldn’t be using the wall as a guide, they should be using a level.

                They finally fixed it, but had to borrow my level because they didn’t feel that hanging cabinets required such an amateurish device. I was pissed, but nice about it. After that I jumped online and saw other horror stories about Home Depot installations and thus was no longer surprised, but grateful I was home to catch it so I didn’t have to reschedule them to come back out, which was taking months for some people.

                But hey, what do I know, my personal experience doesn’t count as far as Griking up there is concerned, I’m just a jaded consumer that thinks all companies suck.

  2. craptastico says:

    so we can’t have any more pictures of planes near a building now? some people need to get a life and stop lookng for stuff to complain about.

    • GMFish says:

      so we can’t have any more pictures of planes near a building now

      Actually, it’s not exactly a plane near a building. It’s a plane on fire about to crash into a building. But I agree, we have bigger things to worry about than felt banners.

      • craptastico says:

        i don’t think t’s on fire, i thinkt it has an orange tail, which is HD’s color. the plane could be going into the building, or it could be circling around to land at the airport. either way, it is a pretty lame banner, but i can’t imagine anyone caring enough to complain about it.

        • erinpac says:

          It looks like there’s fire on the building too, above the door on the right.

          Just odd… did they expect customers to like the banner?

        • Random Guy on the Internet says:

          No, the other article also stated the plane’s tail was on fire…just the kind of thing that upsets people when they’re looking for a new gas grill and they see a felt banner with a flaming plane swooping in to blow them all up. I’m sure they’re go with the charcoal grill now though.

        • whogots is "not computer knowledgeable" says:

          Please look again. Look at the shape, not the color. That is not a tail, it’s a burst of flame.

    • the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

      Yeah. I think too many people still have their panties in a twist.

      1. Terrorism happens everyday. America is not a special case.
      2. If you censor everything that offends you, there’s not going to be much left to look at.
      3. The terrorists pretty much won. We’ve changed everything since then, we live in fear and terror, which is the goal of terrorism.

    • filet o. fish says:

      It has nothing to do with 9/11 or terrorism. A plane crashing into a building is always tasteless and is irrelevant to Home Depot.

    • LastError says:

      I work near a major airport. Planes either take off or land over my building every day. Hundreds a day. Typically they are about 90 feet over us when they pass by. It might be less, I dunno. You can see faces in the windows. And if you are landing, you can read the car license plates in our parking lot. Anyway the planes are low.

      We had a visitor to the building last week who came inside in an absolute panic. A 737 had just gone over on its way to land. The visitor was a basket case about the plane that was so close, etc etc etc. Babbling about 9/11 and other BS, wanted us to call the police, FBI, DHS, CBP, TV news, whatever.

      Hell no. The planes belong exactly where they are. This is an AIRPORT. That’s what they DO at airports. Land, take off, fly. Get over it.

      Anyway I told her, the RJs, MD-88s and 737s are nothing. You need to see a 747 go over. That’s a nice sight.

  3. El_Fez says:


  4. blinky says:

    Everybody knows a plane can’t get enough speed when taking off uphill. Would somebody actually be bothered by this, or is somebody just being petty?

  5. firemunkie says:

    whats the big deal. i dont get why people get offend so easily. it happened, it was a tagedy. its in the past get over it.

    homedepot could have removed the flaming plane instead of the whole banner but whatever

  6. NarcolepticGirl says:

    hahaha, oh man. That’s pretty bad.

  7. E. Zachary Knight says:

    Wow. Are people really that desperate for something to complain about? Its a flipping felt banner.

    • Morte42 says:

      Since when do they let you out of GamePolitics?

    • Doubts42 says:

      what does the medium have to do with it? If i made a felt banner with SS lightning bolts and a swastika on it and hung it outside a synagogue would it be OK because it is only a flipping felt banner?

      That being said, it is a tasteless and crude banner but it is not actually hurting anyone and the HD took it down after getting the complaints.

  8. Hoss says:

    Home Depot now uses 12 year olds in the art department? That’s nice (I think)

    • Captain Walker says:

      Probably a bill collector made the banner.

    • oloranya says:

      No, they just use whatever random employee happens to be free to make signs like this. That kind of thing (obviously) doesn’t come from corporate, it’s a manager going, “hey, you don’t look busy, make me a cool sign!”

  9. HoJu says:

    WHY is the plane on fire???

    • bhr says:

      The Tail is orange.

      • Random Guy on the Internet says:
        • tungstencoil says:

          If you read the article, it’s not the guy who made the banner, it’s someone who took a picture.

          It *still* looks to me like a poor choice of color, and not that the tail is on fire. Bad art, agree one shouldn’t have to look that hard, etc. but it – seriously – doesn’t actually look like someone made a burning plane going into Home Depot. It looks like someone made a banner using Home Depot orange and didn’t quite realize what it looked like.

          I totally get why it looks that way – it looked that way to me. I just don’t think that’s what it is. Big difference (and much ado about nothing, IMO). It’s like seeing Jesus in a cloud or a grilled cheese. You might see that, but that doesn’t mean it’s Jesus – it’s still just a cloud or a grilled cheese.

    • tungstencoil says:

      Yeah, look closely – it’s not on fire, it’s taking off. I actually thought the building was on fire, but it’s just an unfortunate use of the equally unfortunate corporate orange.

      • Doubts42 says:

        looking closely (which i shouldn’t have to do) it still looks like it is on fire.
        Rule of thumb, if you have to look closely to see that the ad is not tasteless and inflammatory then you have a bad banner.

      • coren says:

        But it’s flying downward, and at an angle opposite that of the runway.

  10. mopar_man says:

    Somebody should find out who took that picture and punch them in the face. People need to find something better to do with their time than complain about petty shit like this.

    • npage148 says:

      Like 2 ounces of soda from BJ’s?

    • seeUserName says:

      The only thing more pathetic than complaining about a banner is complaining about someone else who is complaining about a banner. Get a life… wait a minute. Did just complain about a guy complaining about a guy complaining about a banner? Yes. Yes I did.

  11. ilikemoney says:

    Well, it’s not like it was a very good banner, anyway. Just saying.

    • Riroon13 says:

      Exactly. So many people who swear they have talent, when they don’t.

      “Hmm, we need planes. Let’s make some with the color of fire for their tails. And let’s aim one at the HD building. Oh yeah, can’t fit the TWIN runways any other way, so let’s tilt them and attach some of the flame-colored planes for effect, just so no one accidentally thinks it’s a 9/11 reference.”

  12. HalOfBorg says:

    The burning/crashing plane would be OK on a “We’ll Remember” type banner, or maybe a “History of the area” thing, but on a store banner?

    Take off the plane, leave the banner.

  13. Link_Shinigami says:

    It doesn’t look like flames, it looks like some color added to the tail of the plane.

    • Cache22 says:

      That was my thinking … they found someone with no artistic skill resulting in:
      1) Poor use of perspective, the plane may have intended to be simply flying *over* the store. Based on the runway this is not far fetched.
      2) Whoever drew it must think all the engines are in the back and put in orange fire to represent the engines, again not far fetched considering the lack of skill for the rest of the picture.

      Now the bigger question is, who approved this to go up? More than the original “artist’s” set of eyes should have seen this before it was hung, and it should have never made it that far.

  14. Liam Kinkaid says:

    At least it’s not a woman breastfeeding in public.

  15. PSUSkier says:

    Here’s a novel idea: people really should to stop being so worked up about the small stuff (or in this case, insignificant… it’s a store banner) and just enjoy life for a change. Most would be amazed at how much better they feel.

    /lighten up Francis.

  16. JuanHunt says:

    I think its funny. Everyone knows that when in proximity to an airport, its jut a matter of time before a plane crashes into your home or workplace.

  17. Nighthawke says:

    The banner got pulled due to a phone call from regional. Regional also thought it was in poor taste. I wonder why the store didn’t think so….

  18. MDSasquatch says:

    Maybe it is a depiction of an afterburner?

  19. Cyniconvention says:

    It took me a while to see what this person was complaining about–Because of the admittedly poor design, I thought they were complaining about the ‘taxiway’ that looked like two buildings falling down with planes riding on them.

    • ScarletsWalk says:

      That’s what caught my eye. It seemed to tell the story of two black buildings on the right falling due to plans and another plane about to plow into the Home Depot.

  20. GamestopInsider says:

    Well, being from the area, I know that this Home Depot is actually located right next to an airport, so they have a good reason in putting it up.

    • Kissyboots says:

      Copiague via Babylon here. This Home Depot is like five minutes from my house. Suffolk high five!

      • GamestopInsider says:

        If people only really knew how close Home Depot was to the airport, they would know the runways start really close to Home Depot. Plus, all they have to do is change the direction of the plane and people would stop complaining.

  21. Liam Kinkaid says:

    I just wanted to tell you both good luck. We’re all counting on you.

  22. KlausKinsky says:

    All they would have had to do was change the orientation of the plane so it didn’t look like it was about to crash into the Home Despot.

  23. Sandtigrr says:

    Isn’t the coloring of that plane Southwest?

  24. NarcolepticGirl says:

    Oh guys, come on.
    I’m 30 years old and love the “kid design”. I’m a kid-at-heart (note my avatar) and when I make crafts or draw, I always make it simple and colorful.
    So anything that looks like it’s made by 10 year olds usually gets my vote!

  25. runswithscissors says:

    Offensive? No.

    Hilariously stupid? Yes.

  26. excaza says:

    People are way to high strung.

  27. femiwhat says:

    I really don’t understand what’s offensive here. Did a plane crash after taking off from this airport? It just looks like an airplane flying near a Home Depot to me. I guess I can see giggling because it looks like the plane is nose-diving, but I’d interpret that as shitty art, not malicious humor. Is there actually some reason why people would be extra-sensitive about a picture of an airplane?

    • pantheonoutcast says:

      Because that particular Home Depot is on Long Island within 20 miles of NYC, and people who live and shop there are still “mildly” sensitive about the events which transpired on 9/11.

      If it was a Home Depot in the middle of Bum Lick, Iowa, no one would blink.

  28. PsiCop says:

    Really? People are actually worked up about this? WTF?

    It’s a sign, people. Just a sign. Come on. Let’s all grow up, fercryinoutloud, and stop looking for crap to get outraged over. OK?

  29. startertan says:

    My only complaint is that those are the worst depictions of runways I have ever seen.

  30. smo0 says:

    It’s an art-perspective fail… it’s weird regardless.

  31. teke367 says:

    As I was scrolling down, I thought the air tower was a middle finger. Then I kept looking, and yeah, that’s pretty dumb. I don’t know if I’d be offended, but why tilt the plane that way. Its visually unappealing, the plane shouldn’t make such a sharp left turn after getting off the runway.

  32. pantheonoutcast says:

    I wonder how many people who said “Oh, it’s no big deal” about this banner will fight to the death about the word “unlimited” on a coupon, the number of aliens in a movie trailer, the length of time it takes for someone to check your receipt, or the size of Amazon’s shipping box.

  33. unimus says:

    Obviously the plane had to swerve to avoid hitting the “7” in the sky.

  34. whogots is "not computer knowledgeable" says:

    I don’t understand why so many people are saying the tail is HD orange. It is RED and YELLOW, and it is a burst shape, not a triangle. If there was no other orange on the banner I could understand a little confusion, but there is orange all over the place and the tail is not nearly the same color.

    Also, people? It isn’t taking off. That ideally happens in an upward sort of direction. If the plane is taking off, its nose should be pointed away from the Home Depot (which I think we can assume is on or near the ground.)

    I’d suggest that all of you orange takeoff people go sit near your local airport a while to see how these things work, but that’d probably get you arrested these days.

    Next argument: That’s not a plane, it’s an artistic felt rendering of a dragonfly, referring to HD’s garden center!

  35. Kenneth P says:

    I think some of you guys are missing the point. Republic Airport which is located right next to that Home Depot has had mishaps just like any other airport that have seriously injured and killed people. Also a lot of people who post on that forum work in that area or visit that Home Depot or the surrounding stores in that shopping center, and the thought of a burning plane coming down killing the 1,000’s of shoppers isn’t even remotely funny. As others suggested in that thread if they removed the flames from that aircraft there would be nothing wrong with that banner and I agree with them 100%. I think it was in poor taste and possibly poor judgment that the Home Depot employee’s that made that banner added flames to that aircraft.

    And why is the title of this article: “This Home Depot Banner Upsets Customers For Some Reason”? Does Chris Walters find no problem with a plane crashing into a building or am I missing something?

  36. Teki says:

    perspective fail

  37. XTC46 says:

    Took me a few seconds to figure out what the big deal was. I mean, its an ugly sign, with crap looking planes taking off from a runway…I suppose it kind of looks like buildings in that the runways are rectangles and there are two of them, but not my first thought at all

  38. Emily says:

    One-minute fix. Remove the felt plane and glue it back on in a horizontal position.

  39. majortom1981 says:

    Please keep in mind this home depot is pretty much at the END of republic airports runway so this banner is pretty bad.

    ps i live in this area.

  40. HomeDepotInfo says:

    This is Sarah from The Home Depot. This banner was brought to our attention last Friday on our Facebook page. Jen on our team spoke to the store Friday evening, and learned that they had created this banner to recognize the nearby airport, which is a big part of the Farmingdale community. I can see how the banner’s meaning might be misinterpreted, hey we never claimed to be any good at felt art. However, the store offered to remove the banner, and we appreciate your feedback on things like this.

    Sarah, Home Depot Communications
    Twitter: @homedepot

  41. FREAKHEAD says:

    Seriously, you guys actually think its a plane on fire crashing into a building… Someone cut out crummy little felt planes and glued them on a banner to depict a plane crashing into their store?
    Did you notice the runways are slanted and pointed to the “SKY”? Someone just made a banner and its being misinterpreted. I don’t believe for one sec that the banner depicts what you all think it does, and I don’t even like home depot. I think the poor artistry is to blame.

  42. rossodianima says:

    It has been VERY hot on Long Island… maybe the picture taker was seriously grumpy. I’m trying to give him the benefit of the doubt because otherwise, this is just silly.

  43. Kibit says:

    Considering the banner is in a store in the state of New York, I can see why people would be offended. Between the planes that crashed in to the Twin Towers on 9/11, the fiery plane crash in Buffalo and the plane crash in the Hudson River. I can see why people wouldn’t be so thrilled to see a plane crashing in to the Home Depot that they are shopping in.

    And saying that people should deal with/ get over these events it so much easier said then done and isn’t for you to decide. PTSD can linger for years and even though it is a felt banner the destruction from those events is still very real for some people.

  44. HammRadio says:

    I look for Maddox to skewer the kids who made this and other store banners

  45. HD_MEA says:

    Home Depot #1267 is the Airport Plaza store with Republic Airport right next door. It can actually appear that planes are flying into the Home Depot from a distance because the runways are so close.

    Is it a poorly designed poster? Yes. Should be be in an uproar over this? No.

  46. jurupa says:

    I am glad people are getting offend over this. Because we have become so dam political correct its not even funny anymore. We have to be sooo careful not to offend some group it has become ridiculous. People need to grow a thicker skin and stop being so dam politically correct all the time.

  47. Verdant Pine Trees says:


    Creator should have saved it for his ironic, underemployed hipster bedroom, in the basement of his parents’ house.

  48. pf3 says:

    We’re all idiots. it’s official.

  49. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    I want to know when it was decided that something actually has to be huge deal before you say anything. We’re not allowed to say anything to anybody unless we’re bleeding to death or something? Really?

    It bothered people so they said something. Home Depot didn’t want to upset their customers so they took it down.

    There wasn’t a lawsuit and as far as I know there wasn’t a protest. Just complaints.

  50. Sollus says:

    Ugh, I cannot stand over sensitive cry babies. Nation of whiners, folks.

  51. dwb says:

    I understand why everyone is upset. All the felt letter A’s are backwards.

  52. stock2mal says:

    Don’t worry, only a few more years until making jokes about 9/11 is funny.

  53. Endgame says:

    Those are Runways, although at first glance I thought they were the Twin Towers.

    Once you realize what they are , Shut UP!!!