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Most of us have seen an episode of "Law & Order" or "CSI." Bad things happen in this world, kids. That said [cue harp music]...imagine with me:
You're running late for work. You have a bagel with shmear in one hand, a cell phone on your shoulder and trying to rush through traffic. Something that looks a friggin' huge bird is on the horizon in the distance. You just can't get your eyes off it. At times, it's just hovering in the same spot blocking the sun everytime a good stiff wind blows.
Then, it sways side to side. You creep up on this image and there it is. A man hanging from a billboard! You nail the breaks, start a four-car pile-up and spill that shmear all over your black business suit. You call the cops, but too late as you are told that you are number 1,567 on the list.
Well, that happened in Las Vegas recently, according to Yahoo! News. There are two billboards directed to Wall Street reading either "Hope You're Happy Wall St." and slightly more irreverent, "Dying for Work."
Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott says that the 911 calls started coming in as the sun came up early Wednesday, with drivers worried about 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.
Many in Vegas claims this smacks of the local 'Occupy Las Vegas' movement. (Remember that?) While no one from the fragmented group is claiming this (slightly genius) stunt, one person was quoted as saying, "People saying it's in bad taste are living sheltered lives and don't pay attention to what affects the working class."
So how did this happen? Easy. How many billboards have you bought lately? Better yet, how many have you seen still touting a Christmas sale? Some pioneering soul with an ax to grind didn't see a blank billboard, he or she saw a blank canvass. It's sad when you think about it - someone risked their life to make a point.
No hope in calling a Congressman. No hope in writing the President. However, all hail social media. No word yet from President Obama or some voted official in Las Vegas, but it's clear: all that "change" preached four years ago is probably the only thing this mystery guy has in his pocket.