#Occupy Vegas Goons Dangle Mannequins From Billboards
Another day… Another under-reported act of violence by the #occupy goons.
This image provided by KVVU-TV shows a billboard with a mannequin dangling from a hangman’s noose near The Strip in Las Vegas. Authorities said calls began coming in early Wednesday Aug. 8, 2012, from drivers worried the dummy along Interstate 15 near was a real person. A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman said the sign is a publicity stunt done in bad taste. A woman who answered the phone at Lamar Advertising Co. says the sign was not authorized and was being removed. (AP/KVVU, Peter Dawson)
Authorities believe the mannequins dangling from Las Vegas billboards are linked to the violent #Occupy group.
The AP reported:
Even by Las Vegas standards, it was a shocking billboard: A mannequin dangling on a hangman’s noose below a black sign with the ominous words “Dying for Work.”
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott says the 911 calls started coming in as the sun came up early Wednesday, with drivers worried the stiff, black-suited dummy swaying at the end of a rope along Interstate 15 near Bonanza Road was a real person.
“It’s a publicity stunt, obviously done in bad taste,” said Elliott, adding that officials were focused on getting it down quickly to avoid distracting drivers during the morning commute.
The graphic display along the interstate was one of at least two unauthorized signs spotted Wednesday morning in the Las Vegas area. Another found on Highland Avenue and Desert Inn Road was white with black lettering that read, “Hope You’re Happy Wall St.,” and a similar mannequin hanging off the edge…
…While nobody has publicly claimed responsibility for the signs, the Occupy Las Vegas group, which is affiliated with the larger Occupy Wall Street movement, posted photos of the displays on its website. Its caption says the Nevada governor’s budget has slashed social programs and aid to suicidal adults.
Sebring Frehner, an Occupy supporter who posted the photos, told The Associated Press he didn’t know who put the hangmen up, but applauded the message behind it.
“People saying it’s in bad taste are living sheltered lives and don’t pay attention to what affects the working class,” he said.