An image of the flier, said to be posted on Instagram, went viral on social media Friday. It supposedly posted in an elevator in the Toscana Apartments, 35 Via Lucca, but apartment managers have found no trace of it, according to Marty McKenna, a spokesman for Chicago-based Equity Residential.
"The flier is fake,'' McKenna told City News Service. "It was not created or posted by any employee of Equity Residential. We are outraged by its content and we're investigating the matter.''
The flier admonishes tenants to keep it down at night with a bold-faced section directed at "African-American residents."
"We also would like to remind our African-American residents to keep conversation volume down and reduce music levels between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.,'' an image of the flier read. "Multiple complaints have been made regarding this issue.''
@lenubienne Equity did not create or post this flyer. We are outraged by its content and are actively investigating its source.— Equity Residential (@EquityRes) May 29, 2015
McKenna said a "concerned citizen'' emailed him Friday morning about the flier. A search of the property about 7:30 a.m. failed to locate the flier, McKenna said.
UC Irvine also posted a statement on Twitter, stating the school is not affiliated with Toscana and does not condone the flyer's message.
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**Toscana Apartments are not affiliated w/ UC Irvine & we do not condone the flyer's message. UCI is addressing this w/ apt. mgt & the city.— UC Irvine (@UCIrvine) May 29, 2015