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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    Haywood, 28 Aug 2006 @ 1:39pm

    I actually have little contact with cops, I also have little contact with snakes. I attribute that to God knowing and honoring my prefrences. They are tax collectors who do some emergency service, but protect and serve is a joke.

    I do own a gun, I don't expect to be protected or served.
    I have tried with them, but they seem to have a problem with enforcing when it would be to my benefit. I had my car a victim of hit and run in a grocery store parking lot, and had a license number, they located the driver but failed to enforce.
    A good friend had his car hit and run by an out of control street racer in his own carport, again he had information to lead them to the suspect. He was informed that since it happened on private property he was on his own.
    I have other instances but most will get the point; They are useless except at lining the pockets of the government body that employs them

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