Alright, so I saw this clip from my hometown news station, FOX 2 from Detroit. Watch the video and I’ll talk about it below:
Alright, so you have Salvatore’s Pizzeria (Warren, Michigan) who’s offering free pizza to people who bring in yard signs. Diana Franzoni, the owner claims that she just wants people to turn in their signs since McCain left the state. OK, people aren’t going to do that. Honestly though, if I worked for the Republican party, I’d be doing that as a means to get food for my campaign headquarters. The state party would save so much money doing that that they could’ve cut down rent for the McCain stuff that’s still in Michigan. If I were in the McCain campaign – I’d give my volunteers a set of 1,000 signs, which would be $1,000-$2,000, but it’d absolutely kill Salvatore’s.
Although I think the restaurant is encouraging people to steal signs, I don’t think they can or should be prosecuted. They’ve done nothing wrong. If they were saying, “Go steal signs,” I’d say we should prosecute them.
Who should be prosecuted are the people who steal the signs, like the teenager they talked about. I don’t care WHO you are. If you steal a yard sign, that is a federal crime, and you need to be prosecuted. And I’m talking to you people who steal Obama signs too – you’re committing a federal crime, and you deserve to be punished just as much as the kid who stole the McCain sign. If I ever catch somebody stealing one of my signs, you can be sure he/she’ll be prosecuted.
EDIT: I just had a friend bring up this possibility: Charge the restaurant with possessison of stolen property and knowingly accepting stolen property, but proving that they knew it was stolen would be impossible unless it was a set-up. Having a McCain person do a little sting operation would be pretty clever though.
Even the Obama supporters I’ve talked to about this have said that they think she’s doing it so that people will steal them.
I think it’s a shame that this kind of crap is happening, but there’s nothing illegal with what the restaurant is doing. I think it’s dishonest, and I think their motives are to have people steal signs, but obviously they won’t say that.
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