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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    claire rand, 28 Aug 2006 @ 7:32am

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    heard of one guy who did something similar with a wheel clamp.

    aparently if you cut them off they get you for criminal damage, and if you just disapear they get you for theft. so he removed it without damaging it, and turned it in as 'lost property'

    apparently he got away with it.

    i would have thought if this guy pulled up all the signs he could find and turned them in along the lines of 'I found all these in my garden, what do i do with them?' then its up to the ad company to *prove* he pulled them up. it mearly being obvious ain't enough, its 'beyond reasonable doubt'.

    as for the cops enforcing it.. wellll yes its technically their job, and lets face it its an *advert* finding out who its an ad for should not be hard, but frankly I can think of a lot of other stuff I'd rather the cops were actually doing.

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