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Purple octopus decision reactions

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WALLA WALLA, Wash.—When you hear ‘purple octopus' almost everyone in the area has a reaction. 

Thursday a judge ruled the ‘Inland Octopus Toy Store' owner, Bob Catsiff, must take down the giant painting.  KNDU went to Walla Walla to get the word on the street, and most people said they are in favor of keeping the mural.

The controversy of the painting has been ongoing since October, and people have developed strong opinions.  One nearby business owner says more than six months is long enough.

"Move on, there's other things that are more important, and there are other buildings that need attention.  Their owners aren't doing anything to them.  He's improved the building.  There was nothing there," says Terry Baker, nearby store owner.

"With a plain white wall they're just going to walk by and not really look," says Connie McIntyre, resident.

Catsiff's attorney has said he plans to appeal the decision.  The mural can remain during the appeal process.  Fines of $100 a day have been adding up.  He's now at about $19,000.

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