Racist sign bans black teenagers from entering a convenience store

An Australian owner of a milk bar, which is referred to as a convenience store in the U.S., is taking heat after displaying a racially offensive sign banning black teenagers from entering the store.

Social media lit up with complaints after an image of the sign was posted online, with many labelling the act as a "hate crime and "disgusting."

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The local resident, identified as Cam, who posted the photo to his Twitter page, allegedly told 3W Radio he was in disbelief when he first saw the photo.

Twitter image (@funkycarbon)

"I don't think anyone in the Melton community would fancy this," Cam said.

"This is disgusting," one user tweeted, while another felt the sign was "fair enough."

The owner says he displayed the sign in his front window because black youths were "always stealing" from him, Yahoo News reported.

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Local police reportedly said they were made aware of the sign on Twitter.

After, a spokesperson for the police force told news.com.au: "Victoria Police does not support the language of the poster and deems the message as inappropriate."

As of now, no charges have been reported against the store owner.