Highway Worker Arrested For Painting Pro-Trump Sign On City Snow Plow

Holly Matkin

Robert Hupkowicz said he painted the sign on wooden boards that were being thrown away.

Cheektowaga, NY – A municipal highway employee was arrested on misdemeanor charges after he painted one of the department’s snow plows with a pro-Trump slogan.

Cheektowaga Highway Department employee Robert Hupkowicz, 46, was tasked with preparing the snow plow for the winter weather season, Highway Superintendent Mark Wegner told The Buffalo News.

“He was supposed to scrape the rust off, clean it up,” Wegner explained.

But when he got to work on Friday, the superintendent learned that someone had painted the words “Trump 2020” in black and white spray paint on the plow and parked it in the corner of the department’s garage.

Wegner was unimpressed, but was quick to note that the plow “never made it on the street,” The Buffalo News reported.

Hupkowicz was arrested on charges of making graffiti and criminal mischief, and was subsequently released from jail on his own recognizance.

He was also suspended without pay for a period of 30 days.

Hupkowicz told WGRZ that the sign was meant to be a joke for his fellow workers, and noted that he painted the pro-Trump message on old wooden side boards that were being thrown away.

"This was meant this as a joke only for the guys in the garage. I never would’ve taken that truck out on the street,” he said. “I was just goofing around, and I never expected my boss to call the police and have me thrown in jail.”

A GoFundMe page established to show support for Hupkowicz has raised $342 so far.

“Thank you to everyone that is supporting me over my support of OUR president @realDonaldTrump god bless him,” he tweeted on Saturday.

The plow will be repainted Monday morning, according to The Buffalo News.

“We are obviously disappointed by the alleged actions of this town worker,” Wegner told WGRZ. “And we are thankful someone noticed this before the truck was driven out of the garage and onto the public streets.”

Comments (70)
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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Poor judgment, a simple “ you can’t do this “ probably would have worked.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Mark Wegner, the Superintendent that suspended Hupkowicz, ran as a Democrat, and was elected with 77% of the vote.

Hi-estComonDeNomn
Hi-estComonDeNomn

Democratic Party power play , go figure

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

🤣🤣🤣 it's always a joke when you people say something and it doesn't go over how you thought it would.

At least he has a month to think about his actions.

Frank R
Frank R

his boss is a real snowflake douchebag.

Hi-estComonDeNomn
Hi-estComonDeNomn

😂😂

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

wait, so were the boards being thrown away, or were they part of the snowplow? politics aside, he shouldn't be writing anything on the city owned plow.

Pro2A
Pro2A

Typical hate-fueled prog. Vicious: getting the driver arrested and charged instead of telling him to paint it over. Pompous: "...thankfully someone noticed this before the truck was driven out of the garage and onto the public streets". Then a vindictive suspension.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#partisanpolicing

cops-kid
cops-kid

Now, he gets 30 days off to think how he'll get even with the dipshit that had him arrested over a joke... It would have been funny if the snowflake made him come in on a day off to fix it, then plastered his car with Hillary stickers. But that's Cheektavegas for you.... no sense of originality

Trefflek
Trefflek

Arrested... I guess painting trump 2020 wasn’t on the liberals exclusion list of things to be arrested for.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

It is new york..who is surprised? Not me

DocRyder
DocRyder

So they repainted a piece of old wooden side board which was to be thrown away? Yankees are crazy.

finaljustice
finaljustice

What is the statute or crime in this ? Is it vandalism? It's nothing and should be forgotten. The boss is a scumbag.

Forbidden
Forbidden

thats is stupid to paint that on city property

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Charged with making graffiti and criminal mischief. Graffiti: A rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls. So since some folks find Trump to be rude writing his name meets the description of making graffiti? You might get the vandalism if you can show the wood was the property of the city of Shitsville but other than that you have High Mopery in a Low Mopery Zone. Mopery: Slang. A violation of a minor or imaginary law or rule.


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