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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    r0cksinp0ckets, 28 Aug 2006 @ 6:31pm

    How many of you voted.... for this law? for this?

    A man is punished for removing illegally placed advertising??? SAD!

    First he Improves the environment we all share..
    Then he offers his services as an altertenative to recurrence. - Proactive Prevention.

    His intent...His actions.. are for the betterment of our environment.. positive contribution to society without immediate monetary reward

    The placement of the sign is illegal. Pay a fee.. then it becomes illegal to remove the sign.. Police then nab the guy so "the government" can collect more money..

    It's ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!

    Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
    Albert Einstein

    The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. Albert Einstein

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