A statue found near the Burlington Gulf Station is being investigated as a possible hate crime because it could represent a stereotype.

Statue left a Burlington County Gas Station
The 3-foot statue found in bushes near a gas station on Route 130 Friday night. (Courtesy Burlington City Police)

Some say the statue is a reference to Middle Eastern people groups, as it appears to be wearing a burqa while holding an assault rifle. I think it resembles a military style babushka doll.

A listener suggested the statue may be a variation of the "combat gnome" trend, where people dress up their lawn ornaments like those pictured below.

Combat Lawns Gnomes
Listener shows us what combat gnomes look like.

What do you think? Are people overreacting, or is this statue part of a hate crime? Let us know what you think in the poll below.

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