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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    CA Cop, 28 Aug 2006 @ 5:27am

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    Good dialogue Mr. Coward, you win the special Gold Star.

    One should look at the positive aspects that this case will entail. It brings to light a problem the City or County officials have ignored and is raising awareness. The community will bring this issue to the front burner and cause official action against the people that are placing these signs in the first place. That's the way the process works. Now, official action may be enacted.

    Mr. Decker will probably end up with the least possible fine, pending Judges discretion, which will most likely be paid by his supporters.

    As to why he was arrested despite his arrangements for surrender. The local PD may have believed it would be in the public interest to bring him in before the rally was held that could have led to an unruly gathering.

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