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    Sign spinning mannequins: the newest headache for sign code administrators?

    You've probably seen sign spinners before; those obnoxious folks who have turned carrying advertising signs on street corners into performance art.

    Well, I found this on cockeyed.com while searching for the names various temporary attention-getting devices go by.



    Yup. A robotic sign spinner.

    The back end.



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    No I haven't. What they come up with next.
    Street corner sign people here are not into performance art - they usually look bored and tired.
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    If it is a person, they have a right to stand and hold whatever they like.

    If it is a machine, they have to meet our sign code setbacks and signage requirements.

    It is that simple as far as I am concerned. If I could stomp on peoples rights when they take a job to spin a sign on the corner I would - but our legal council says I will lose that battle....
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    That mannequin is hilarious yet slightly creepy.

    Once in a great while you see the folks here in metro Detroit holding signs on street corners (usually advertising store liquidations or condos for sale) but I don't think the trend really caught on here like it did in other areas. Don't get me wrong though, I'm not complaining.
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    We consider them moving signs, which we consider illegal. They are a nuisance where I work. It's an added nuisance telling the 16 yr old holding the sign to pack it up, only to see him out in the same spot the very next day
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    We've been told that as long as the person on the right-of-way is not blocking access to property and not hindering traffic it is freedom of speech for whatever their sign may say and we cannot remove them. We have one girl who was hired just for the purpose of waving the "We Buy Gold" sign, well she has been a fan favorite of motorist along this particular state highway. I will try and get a video of her as she is easy on the eyes and not only walks up and down the sidewalk but has incorporated a dance into her repertoire, makes me wonder what she's listening to on her iPod. Being outside 6-8 hours a day has given this young woman a very nice tan.

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Once in a great while you see the folks here in metro Detroit holding signs on street corners (usually advertising store liquidations or condos for sale) but I don't think the trend really caught on here like it did in other areas. Don't get me wrong though, I'm not complaining.
    I saw a spinner once in Buffalo, but usually it's homeless guys that just hold up signs on streetcorners. Buffalo's suburbs don't remove snipe signs, so even the homeless guys are uncommon; 30 EVERYTHING MUST GO! signs in a row along a major thoroughfare will last weeks.
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