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Billboards with hanging dummies endanger Las Vegas motorists

GasBuddy Blog -- Sometimes ignorance is downright frightening. In Las Vegas Wednesday, vandals painted graffiti on billboards and left mannequins dressed in suits hanging from them in mid-air.

Think about that for a moment. You're driving along in any American city and you are suddenly shocked by what appears to be a dead man dangling from a hangman's noose.

According to Kyle Potter of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Nevada Highway Patrol said 911 calls started coming in at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday from drivers worried that the dummy they saw along Interstate 15 was a real person.

Police said the sign was a publicity stunt and a clear act of vandalism. Not only that, the same scenario appeared at two other billboards on public...


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Submitted Aug 10, 2012 By: PD
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 11:05:39 PM

too many billboards obliterate road safety, no matter what the billboard has on it.
Martinman
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:53:46 PM

"Gets your attention, but a huge distraction!"

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The purpose of any ad is...?

Anything that takes your eyes off the road - any billboard along the road - isn't a distraction?

Do you pull over, stop, *then* read the ad, before pulling back onto the road and driving on...?

It is a form of civil protest. Anyone remember the Boston Tea Party - the one were the 'protestors' trespassed onto private property (boarded privately owned merchant vessels) and destroyed private property (dumped unsold tea into Boston Harbor)? That was an act of protest against the [then British] government.

If you saw the video footage of the billboards, in at least one of (three?), the 'dummy' is well above ground:

DYING FOR WORK

View from inside vehicle

Outside of the fact it would be very difficult to raise a human body that high above the ground (top image), if it were a real hanging, why would you waste the additional time (raising it that high) and increase the risk of getting caught?

HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY WALL ST.

Who ever did this, knew what they're doing, in the above image, the top line of text is pretty high up, relative to standing height on the access plank.

And what if it was the billboard company owner?

SkooterG
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:42:15 PM

Gotta love Vegas, baby!

People (idiots) actually thought they were real? Come on! It's Las Vegas for crying out loud. Anything goes there.
TXryder
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 12:53:41 PM

If it had been in a Mexico border town, they would have been real bodies.
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 10:31:34 AM

Nice.
EMoe57
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:32:38 AM

good message - poor execution
chemist74
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:10:58 AM

Highly irresponsible. The distraction could have caused accidents.
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:10:37 AM

These acts of vandalism should not have been visible for long due to the threat of accidents. Lamar should have diverted resources to remedy the situations ASAP to protect the public and their own business reputation.
tomok
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:05:55 AM

It would be very unpleasant to see this on the way to work OR the casino and think someone had hung themselves from a billboard!!! But, it does drive a point about the lack of jobs in this country and the government seemingly not doing anything about it. And, Wall Street and Big Oil sucking the money out of what economy we have. Is this *Occupy Wall Street at work? They got their point across with TV news attention and this web site, so let's move on.
Barry's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, the good paying jobs are Not there. Barry's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continues to be down – no matter how smoooooth talking Barry spins those numbers and he can spin them very well! People will still drive and buy fuel no matter what but it sure helps to have a job too!
Is this 'Billboards for Hanging Dummies' by Dirty Hairy Reed?
It happened in Vegas, It stays in Vegas!
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12/22/2012!
NatureBoyKY
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:05:27 AM

Yesterday's news. Take it off, now!
Wierbe
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:04:35 AM

World's dumbest idiots.
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:04:33 AM

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas
w4kh
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:03:13 AM

Only people around Vegas who might even for a moment think the hanging figure might be a person would be a tourist from out of town... "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas..."
speedraider
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 7:01:59 AM

idiots
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:58:25 AM

Friggin' idiots!
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:58:25 AM

Still old news,
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:58:21 AM

"Stupid is as stupid does."
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:57:44 AM

more old news
brittne2012
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:57:32 AM

wow,this the world we live in.
krzysiek_ck
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:57:23 AM

OK
Gearitis
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:56:51 AM

Lovit freedomsailer!!!
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:56:39 AM

I agree with freedomsailor.
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:55:23 AM

amen freedomsailor
MadEJ
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:55:00 AM

Freedomsailor hit the nail on the head
freedomsailor
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:54:03 AM

Instead of hanging dummies, we should hang politicians and their big oil buddies.
rtw777
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:53:08 AM

That's a lot of effort for something very stupid.
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:52:27 AM

ok
Harry813
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:52:05 AM

"sydb7". Ya got that right !
The3rd
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:52:04 AM

old
ooohgas
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:50:25 AM

Stupid
MarAzul
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:50:16 AM

ok.
Jizme
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:50:01 AM

Bla, bla, bla, whatever.
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:49:25 AM

Ooooh dear!
TANGOTANGO
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:48:57 AM

Dumb as a rock!
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:48:49 AM

ok
MBAcura
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:48:40 AM

Shocking, yet dangerous.
RamboOn66
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:48:35 AM

FAR OUT!
NJColt
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:47:16 AM

That is just plain DUMB.
Edpap
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:46:56 AM

we can do better with gas prices again on the rise
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:43:42 AM

ZZZZZZZZ
Zuman
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:42:10 AM

Give me a break.
Felix2009
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:42:04 AM

Too many driver distractions,
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:41:17 AM

ok
sydb7
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:40:10 AM

Only the 1% would be shocked! The 99% understand and empathize with the unemployed!
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:39:59 AM

Ok
racerdj
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:39:39 AM

A stupid stunt!
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:38:40 AM

odd
Ziggy1962
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:38:11 AM

Old news.
BartBuzz
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:37:35 AM

old and dumb
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:37:07 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Aug 11, 2012 6:37:02 AM

k
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