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Mall makes benches colorful to cope with loneliness, shoppers threaten to paint them black

Mall makes benches colorful to cope with loneliness, shoppers threaten to paint

They're called Buddy Rainbow and they're designed to relieve the fatigue that walking around the mall causes. Managers of the Longton Exchange Shopping Center in Stoke-on-Trent may have thought the idea interesting, but shoppers did not.

Mall makes benches colorful to cope with loneliness, shoppers threaten to paint

They threaten to paint them black and claim they look cheap, ugly.

The mall's post quickly went viral with positive and negative comments, shares and comments.

Mall makes benches colorful to cope with loneliness, shoppers threaten to paint

Artist Hannah Walton, 25, who painted the benches, said the rainbow has always existed and is also used to represent mental health as well as LGBT people.

Mall makes benches colorful to cope with loneliness, shoppers threaten to paint

Hannah said: 'I understand that they may have been misunderstood and think that this rainbow represents the LGBT because the rainbow represents that community, but also the rainbow has always existed. I think people sometimes jump to conclusions.

Representatives from the shopping center say:

“The idea is that when shoppers sit on a Buddy stool, it shows that they are open to having a conversation with whoever comes to sit next to them. We are proud to be an inclusive shopping center and we think this is a positive way to support all people."