by Mike Masnick

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 @ 9:03am

    Reply to #46

    yes, they say "To serve and to protect" but there is no reference to whom they are to serve and protect. no tsatp John Q. Public, or TSATP "citizen's name here", or anything.

    it can be argued that tye are protecting the laws of the land. by arresting the viloators, they "prove" the laws exist. otherwise, it'd be just a waste of paper for all the laws.

    they are serving the constitution/laws as well. until a law is broken, they don't have a job. it sucks, but hey, i don't want to be arrested for a crime i didn't commit. but there are laws against planning to commit crimes, and then by default you are arrested for the attempted crime, but not the actual crime. so once again, they are arresting people AFTER laws are broken.

    and like i mentioned, without some qualifier as to who the slogan refers to, it's an abstract saying.

    having a few friends as cops, they all said that their partner/trainers said....the real duty of a cop isn't to enforce the laws, arrest people, chase mudrers and whatnot....it's more simply to "solve problems"

    so.....that's my rantings

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