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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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Aug 2006 @ 7:02am

    This guy is no "Good Samaritan"

    1. He took down the signs, then offered his services to the advertisers as an "Ad Executive" to show them how to do things right. How would he feel if while off doing his public service (stealing), someone had dropped by his house, robbed it and left a note offering their services to install a burgular alarm?

    2. Regarding outrage at the police had time to arrest him, but not to find the people who illegally posted the signs, well duh, he called the police and more or less announced his intentions to commit a petty theft. Not exactly the cracking of the Lindbergh kidnapping to arrest him.

    3. regarding all the posters who are spewing venom at the police who are DOING THEIR JOBS, please put the following in your windshield: "Dear Police, yopu all suck, and I don't want or need any help from you, so go away."
    Then drive your car at top speed into the nearest bridge abutment or overpass (so you only hurt yourself) and lay there, refusing the protection of the law to the end, and raise the average IQ of the human race a fraction of a percent.

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