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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    Marty, 28 Aug 2006 @ 6:33am

    Those frikin signs

    I am a sign maker and as such I try my hardest to stear my customers away from those things. Unfortunatly they are the cheapest thing any of us can produce for them and that is all the customer can see. They fail to see the value in other forms of advertising, those coroplast signs have virtually none. They are vastly ignored simply by overuse and not many people are going to stop on a street corner to write down the info.
    In my county they are not lawfull to place just anywhere except on your own private property. We have a little witch in her code enforcement truck that will pick them up whenever she sees them (except of course the ones for the politicians). She will take them in and have citations issued for the companies using them and destroy them. It is not legal for just anyone to remove them as that does constitute theft of private property but a county representative has full authority.
    Any way you look at it, those signs suck and I for one hate making them.

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