, local officials have
begun using the legal nuisance, robocalls, to fight back against the illegal
nuisance, snipe signs. According to this story by Robbie Brown in The New York
Times, “some coastal communities have begun aggressive campaigns against the
signs — by robocalling the advertisers’ phone numbers.” Hollywood,
“It’s the only crime I know of where a person deliberately leaves their phone number behind,” said Mayor Peter Bober of
Hollywood, which uses computer software to
call the phone numbers, up to 20 times per day, until offenders pay a $75 fine.
“They want us to call. So let’s call. And keep calling.”
It appears to work. In
snipe signs have dropped 80%.