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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    Joshua, 28 Aug 2006 @ 1:23pm

    Cops losing rights and privledges...

    Someone mentioned that as a cop they have to give up some rights so that they can protect and serve. This is just not true. At least not directly. Cops do indeed voluntarily give up certain rights, but they do so to gain a different set of rights.

    For instance, I don't have the right to arrest someone if they don't let me into their house (even if later it is found to be an illegal search, at the time, the person is hindering the police in the execution of their 'duty'). I don't even have the right to stop an assault on my person if the officer says he is arresting me. Police lose some rights but they gain the right to be above normal citizens where the law is concerned. If you become a police officer you lose rights and gain power. It's a fair trade. Stop treating it like some burden you carry.

    I also dislike the myth that the police enforce the laws of the land. They don't. It is not possible for them to know all of the law (not even just the criminal code). That's why people who's job it is to actually *know* the law (like lawyers and judges) still need to keep stacks of books containing laws and interpretations of them.

    The fact that there are laws that are on the books that are never enforced just goes to prove that police officers do not 'enforce the law regardless of whether it is bad or not' (note: that is not a direct quote). They enforce the ones that they feel like enforcing that day. They didn't feel like taking the signs down and fining the people who put them up, but did feel like arresting the guy who did their job for them. My guess is that they didn't pick up the signs because it would be tedious and time consuming, but they arrested the guy who removed them because it's just one guy (and not many many signs) and he made them look bad.

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