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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    Stewed, 28 Aug 2006 @ 6:28am

    Sure, Why not.

    Cops are useless. It is set up that the city/county/state makes money by using the police to police certain things. It is in the best budget interests of the police department to give out tickets and harrass the more law abiding citizens. Going after hard core criminals is expensive and slow and difficult. Going after people who didnt signla while changing a lane when no other car is in sight is easy and creates revenue. This guy will get fined and get off. Not cause they dont want to punnish him, but because that is what keeps local government cash happy. If a cop spent all his time going after hard core criminals and did not write a single ticket for 3 months he would get canned. Cops protect the department and other cops. Just another out of control union thing.

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