Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Not Thankful for Sign Spammers

Post and photos by the Hawthorne Hawkman.

We don't take too kindly to sign spammers here in NoMi, and today was no exception.  Somebody thought they'd get at least a long weekend of free advertising by putting their signs up at Farview Park.  Not when I'm around, they don't.  But be thankful, illegal sign spammer, your signs are still on park property.


  1. Don't you love how shady stuff like this happens so much on or around holidays? (Not to say that it doesn't happen other times, but it's particularly prevalent during holidays.)

    Mr. Slummy and his Easter Sunday bobcat come to mind...

  2. Here's a link so you can see some of the green wooden signs, wrapped in shrink wrap, which have plagued the poles lately. Keep up the good work, Hawthorne Hawkman.

  3. Park property is ALL our property, even the sign spammer.

  4. Anon 9:52, I think that is the stupidest comment anyone has ever left on this blog.

  5. @Anon952:

    Excellent. In that case, I think I'll go drill a well on the parkway or maybe dig a garbage dump.

  6. In regard to "ALL our property, even the sign spammer."

    Following that logic, I should be able to go to the park and cut firewood or haul off picnic tables for my own use.

    Of course, if I gather up sign spam in the park, I guess I would kinda get my firewood that way, huh?

  7. John, these particular signs were of the infamous corrugated plastic variety. You wouldn't want to burn them. Cardboard, paper, or wooden signs are fine, at least as far as I'm concerned.

  8. The Minneapolis Park Board has a specific ordinance against posting signs in parks. You should leave the sign alone and call the Park Police. They are known to issue a citation to the sign poster.
    Several years ago someone went a little overboard in an election years and posted campaign signs on the trees along a parkway. They gave the campaign 24 hours to remove all the signs of get tagged for them.
    The Park Police also take those "for sale/open house" signs realtors post along parkways. You can often see piles of them at MPRB service centers.

  9. Anon 5:30, under most other circumstances, I'd have done exactly that. But I weighed the response time against the fact that I noticed the signs in the afternoon before what for many people was a four-day weekend. Figuring that it would take the park board at least until Monday to respond, I decided it was ultimately better to take the signs down so the spammer didn't get extended free advertising. If I'd come across the signs on a normal Wednesday afternoon, I'd have called them in so that a record would be established about this particular entity.


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