A stuffed mannequin is seen hanging by a noose from a tree outside a home at the corner of Cavendish Drive and High House Road. The Halloween decoration has its hands tied behind its back with rope.
Earlier in the day, it was wearing black socks, but they have since been switched to white ones.
A neighbor told ABC11 she saw the display and stopped her car to get another look.
"I am shocked to see this in Cary of all places. It's so diverse here," Cary resident Ira Thompson said.
Thompson is outraged by the lawn ornament and calls it racially offensive.
"Nobody should have to look at that, or just being around that. Why?" Thompson said
The woman who made the display said she spoke with neighbors before she hung the mannequin because she was worried little kids might get scared seeing a man hanging.
"I tried to make sure all of my neighbors were okay with it. I talked to them," Jodi said.
She added that she didn't mean to offend anyone.
"I'm having a Halloween party. It supposed to be spooky," Jodi said.
Still, concerned neighbors are not convinced the decoration is appropriate for the holiday.
"A person hanging by a noose, with their hands behind their back, tied behind their back, in a hoodie very the less, what does that have to do with Halloween?" Thompson said.