Posted by Jim Kennedy - Houston, TX on December 14, 1999 at 18:25:22:
In Houston, the city does indeed have an ordinance that prohibits such signs. But they don?t seem to levy fines in order to enforce the ordinance. One can see the ?bandit signs? all over the place.
About a year ago, I was driving through an intersection where I saw a truck with a city emblem on the front door. On the side of the truck was a big, red circle with a diagonal slash through it like a ?no smoking? sign but it indicated ?no signs? instead. Above that in large print it said ?Sign Busters? ala Ghost Busters. Sure enough, there was a city employee pulling down all the ?bandit sign? nailed to the telephone pole. I got a pretty good chuckle over ?Sign Busters?.
About three months after seeing that truck in the intersection, I pulled into the parking lot of a fast food joint in a completely different part of town. Low and behold, there was that same truck; or one exactly like it. I found the driver and struck up a conversation. Turns out the City of Houston (fourth largest city in the country) has only two trucks to cover the entire city of over 500 square miles. Explains why some of the signs stay up so long.
Best of Success!!