Overhype

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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    jaygerwolf, 28 Aug 2006 @ 4:52am

    Good Samaritan

    Since he did call "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" he took it upon himself to act is that not what a good samaritan does. As a matter of fact if you look up the definitions of good samaritan on the Web you find it is listed as ‘a person who voluntarily offers to help.’ Now all the other stuff about offering his service was not such a good idea, but at least he was taking a pro active approach to the problem of “street spam”.

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