Ad Exec Arrested For Removing Illegal Roadside Advertisements

from the please-explain dept

It's no secret that we live in an age of aggressive (and perhaps excessive) advertising. Advertising is absolutely everywhere -- and apparently one ad exec got fed up. He discovered one of those "street side" signs that advertisers stick into the ground alongside roads on his own property. He removed it and then began removing many more. He called up local authorities who told him that it was illegal to place those signs on private property or on public property, but said they didn't have the resources to go around removing them. That seemed like an opportunity, so he began removing them -- sometimes calling the companies advertised in the signs to offer his services as an ad exec to provide more effective, less annoying, advertisements (not surprisingly, none have taken him up on the offer). However, for some reason, he's now been arrested for theft over the signs. It's not clear if the article is leaving out some sort of detail or what, but it's hard to see how removing an illegal advertising sign should be considered theft.

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    Luci, 28 Aug 2006 @ 10:21am

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    Actually you have missed the point. What Mr Decker did is, in point of fact, illegal, since the signs were not on his property, or the public right of way attatched to his property. The police were not acting as legislator, though enforcer is entirely their job. They are there to enforce the law, which is precisely what they did. If the company placing the signs called and said someone was taking them, then that is theft, even if they are being illegally placed. You do not have to give identifying information when you call in a crime, either, so this could have been done anonymously, like our Cowards.

    The point of this thread is, in fact, that Haywood is one of those people who believes that all cops are just out to get HIM, probably because of some defiiciency or because he actually believes that he should always be in the right no matter what he does, which makes him a pointless little troll who should go bash somewhere else.

    Lucille Fox
    NOT Law Enforcement, just Disaster Relief and Emergency Services

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