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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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Aug 2006 @ 11:36am

    to #79

    laws are eliminated if we think cops should not enforce them?

    how about this....in PA, if you are driving a car, and come across a horse and carrage, you must completely pull your car off the lane and let the hosre pass. if the horse gets spooked, you must disassemble your car and hide it behinde the nearest shrub.

    i don't think that law has been enforced in quite some time, yet it's still on the books.

    what about those other laws saying you can't walk donw the street with an icecream cone in your left hand on sundays, or other "stupid" laws. they aren't enforced, yet they are still "laws" i thought you said those laws are eliminated.

    since they have been on the books for years, an no ATTEMPT to eliminat them, your argument is quite flawed

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