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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    Lay Person, 28 Aug 2006 @ 9:49am

    Re: Every once in a while


    O.K. people. See the arrogance of this guy? I don't know if he's a real cop but he sure defends them as one.

    Later on he calls a coworker "brother" as though he belongs to an exclusive family, an organization, insiders and outsiders. He's inside, we're on the outside.

    His own use of language creates a division between us and them. Then they wonder why their jobs are so tough and that they get no respect.

    The police force needs to higher people with diplomatic skills. I think their screening system is poor. How else do these Yosemite Sams get to be cops? Cops work for society and not for the government. Sure they want us to believe that they are the government by hiding behind clauses, forms, and procedures. In reality, they are elected by citizens to protect citizens. Somehow this is all lost in procedure. Since the cops can't realize anything beyond procedure, they lose the fact as to who are their real employers.

    Anyway, if this guy is a cop, he's a poor example of one.

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