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LAS VEGAS - Police say a mannequin dangling from a hangman's noose on a Las Vegas billboard with the words "Dying for Work" was a publicity stunt.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott says 911 calls started coming in early Wednesday from drivers worried the dummy along Interstate 15 near Bonanza Road was a real person.

The black billboard featured the words "Dying for Work" in white lettering, with a hanging, dark-suited mannequin.

A woman who answered the phone at Lamar Advertising Co. says the sign was not authorized and was being removed. She did not provide her name.

Elliott says it's not clear who's responsible.

At least one similar billboard was reported in Las Vegas. That sign read "Hope You're Happy Wall St." and featured another dummy.

The sign caused a lot of shock for drivers on their morning commute and actually created a dangerous situation on the freeway, with drivers slamming on their brakes and calling for emergency services.




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      • 2 Years Ago
      I dont agree with the way this was pulled off. However, I understand that in todays society it is somewhat of a frustrating thing when you want to be heard by your peers but arent. Times are hard, lets face it, i dont have money to pay for ad space to get a message out to the community. BUT I OFFER A SOLUTION! Street art. Graffiti. What ever name you have for it. Basically the act of going out literally into the streets of YOUR own community and conveying your message (could be artistic, political, or just to make people happy). I believe it is not respected as an art form, and i assure you it very much is, and because it isnt respected by most communities, the artists have no choice but to disrespect certain places of business within their own community in order to express themselves in a way that works for them. I have seen places where the street art was allowed, and that gave artists real time to work and produce something beautiful for their communities, free of charge (^-^) This includes political messages too, now i know this sounds crazy, but hear me out. I feel like in order to really get a grasp on the opinions of those in your community, we need some interaction on a human level, what better way than an anonymous, visual, non argumentative (meaning you see the message but no one is ramming the idea down your throats) And im not saying just let people run will all over town or put paint on any houses or schools or churches or anything, but section off a considerably busy (still have businesses in that area), considerably large piece of city, and maybe should include local or state government centers, so the politicians and get a clear view of the local communities. Its a true public forum, we may not always agree with whats on it, way may so things that bring pain to some, but we should be able to face the real negatives in the community head on as neighbors. And who knows maybe this could evolve into something even better down the line. But the way i see it the world has been in decline for the last hundred years or so, i think its time to let the young people use some of their ideas, this is home for all of us, we need to be open to new ideas, at least give them thought before you toss them out. always with love.
        • 2 Years Ago
        So you vandalize someone else's property? Oh, that's very nice. And a very good and mature way of expressing your views, to be sure. I think it's time for us young people to get it together and stop acting like children, but hell, what do I know?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some of you people on here are just straight up idiots. 1.) Don't like America or our government? Leave. 2.) Of course people (smart people) are going to call police. It's just instinct. You see what looks to be a body dangling and you call police. Simple as that. 3.) Hell no those billboards shouldn't be aloud. Freedom of speech is nice but when it comes down to being a distraction on a busy highway, where it can endanger people's lives (or children's lives for that matter) then it's unacceptable. You people need to grow some brains.
        dan
        • 2 Years Ago
        i agree with everything except #1 don't like our government, vote to change it.
        Maria
        • 2 Years Ago
        Um, I agree with you. However, it's "allowed", not "aloud". ^_^;
      Nicole S
      • 2 Years Ago
      Disturbing. With our history of lynch mobs too. God help us. We are a sick world!
      Darryl
      • 2 Years Ago
      The need to find the idiots doin' this and charge them as harshly as possible. Someone could get killed lookin' at that kind of thing while driving.
      kimdadogcatcher
      • 2 Years Ago
      Billboards Gone Wrong!!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      My son died by suicide. This 'publicity stunt' is really really upsetting.
      LL
      • 2 Years Ago
      We were hit with a $500 insurance increase for my wife's Honda. Both of us have a perfect driving record with no claims ever. Shocked by this increase I went online to get some quotes for her car. The two sites I first visited were actually more expensive than our new rate, but then I found ( http://bit.ly/SaveonInsurance ) I got a quote within minutes and ended up saving over $300 on our car insurance!
        Charlene
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LL
        Oh, great. You're back. Now I can ask you AGAIN what does saving on your insurance have to do with this billboard??? FOCUS!
        jarvchr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LL
        To bad your new found wealth includes wasting other peoples time
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LL
        I guess it saved you a lot of pennies, huh?
      nklswrth
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another marketing degree down the tubes........
      • 2 Years Ago
      +++++++++mabee let us all only good made in american good a we would all be better off !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whoever the briniac was that did this should be prosecuted to the FULLEST extent of the law. Then they'd be "dying for forgiveness".
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Buckingham's
        I bet it was one of Obama’s 16 year olds brought over agents their will… oh thats right we can't do anything to them,,,,,,
      white41990
      • 2 Years Ago
      The person probably had bad luck visiting Vegas, now looking for a second or third job to makeup for their losses, although I find it sort of hillarious to advertise that way.
      Burton Simpson
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have freedom of speech in this country. And when you consider what some of the flag burnners, Wall Street Protestors and others have engaged in this is pretty tame stuff. I saw the humor in it. However, there should have been another line that said, "Do you hear me Obama!"
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Burton Simpson
        Flag burners? I have never, not even once, seen anyone burn a flag and I bet you haven't either. Seeing it on TV or the Internet doesn't count, that could be faked.
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