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 @ 9:24am

    Speaking of CA, my father did the same thing and went about removing and disposing of illegaly placed signs. He even contacted the city attorney to check if this action was permissible, which it was. However he is the mayor, and therefor an agent of the city, so not sure if this gives him certian privelages over the ordinary citizen. Regardless the point still stand that the actions of the companies are illegal. The only problem is that these companies know they almost never see any legal ramifications for their actions, as the cost of going to court outweighs the convience of doing so. Anyway just my 2c if you see these signs, or get a flyer or whatever, call up the company get the name of the owner, and if they're stupid enoug they've listed themselves in the phone book. Go to their private residence and flood their yard with an equaly aggitating amass of crap. Or just toilet paper, because it's still vandilisim no matter how astheticly appleaing your POS sign might be.

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