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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11. Greece

Corruption score: 5.1

The country's huge shipping industry and proximity to Asia creates opportunities for smuggling.

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10. France

 Corruption score: 5.1

France ranks worse than other large EU countries like Spain, the UK, and Germany. Its Corsican mafia was once heavily involved in the trafficking of heroin into the US, referred to as "the French Connection."

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9. Israel

Corruption score: 5.1

Israel saw a spike in mafia activity from Russia as it encouraged the immigration from the country after the fall of the Soviet Union. Important figures like Zeev Rosenstein and Itzhak Abergil have been extradited to the US.

(Photo via REUTERS/Ariel Schalit/Pool)

8. Germany

Corruption score: 5.0

Organised crime is becoming more prevalent in Germany. There is also concern that gangs are targeting the country's new influx of migrants, and recruiting young males as drug dealers and runners. 

(Photo credit SEBASTIAN WILLNOW/AFP/Getty Images)

7. South Korea

Corruption score: 4.9

Gangs known as "Kkangpae" operate in South Korea. Like Japan's Yakuza, they also often have tattoos that identify their affiliation.

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6. United States of America

Corruption score: 4.9

Despite its wealth, the US is placed roughly in the middle of the global rankings for organised crime, in 70th place.

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5. Slovak Republic

Corruption score: 4.9

Slovakia is the second-worst ranked country in Europe for organised crime. Three lists of organised-crime associates and groups have been leaked in the country. It ranks at 74th place, exactly halfway down the ranks.

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4. Turkey

Corruption score: 4.8

As a gateway into Europe, Turkey is a predictable route for drug trafficking from the east, which the Turkish mafia takes advantage of. Turkish organised criminals also have a presence in London, and the country takes 77th place.

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2. Italy

Corruption score: 3.5

Italy, the symbolic home of the Mafia, is by far the worst-ranking EU country for organised crime, coming in 122nd place of 138.

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1. Mexico

Corruption score: 2.6

Powerful and violent cartels have brought Mexico to the edge of civil war.Only Honduras, Venezuela, and El Salvador fare worse than the country in the security index.

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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.

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"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.

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