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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    Lester Crowe, 28 Aug 2006 @ 5:50am

    I do not get it

    Those signs can be annoying, however small businesses are fighting an uphill battle to compete in most markets. Guerrilla marketing efforts are sometimes the only answer for highly competitive environments. Legalities aside, can you blame a company for attempting to make money?

    p.s. CA Cop seems to be getting bashed, however he only stated facts.....guess all cops are the same - they know the law. Guess all you flamers are also the same.

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