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5561 clicks; posted to Main » on 14 Feb 2006 at 8:43 AM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-02-14 05:48:46 AM  
Actually, using precidence, this COULD end up making hopscotch illegal. Quick, stop your kids before they upgrade from hopscotch to running thru fire hydrants!
2006-02-14 08:36:28 AM  
Vandalism? What the hey? Chalk washes off!
2006-02-14 08:45:45 AM  
He was ticketed for advertising without a license, not for vandalism.

Anything that works to destroy that ridiculous "urban chic" method of advertising that corporations are increasingly turning to in order to appear cool and edgy is perfectly fine with me.
2006-02-14 08:49:22 AM  
Finally! Such a nuisance.
2006-02-14 08:49:50 AM  
They banned chalking for a while when I was an undergrad because the local KKK students chalked a bunch of homophobic and racist things all over the sidewalks. Either way, stupid people vote for stupid reps, who in turn make stupid laws.
2006-02-14 08:51:04 AM  
People, think of the children. Hopscotch leads to gambling. Gambling leads to racketeering. Racketeering leads to claiming HBO stole your life story.
2006-02-14 08:52:59 AM  
I can't imagine a person feeling so worked up over chalk on a sidewalk that they would actually take time to complain. Don't people have better shiat to do with their time?
2006-02-14 08:57:15 AM  
When they came for the sidewalk chalk, I didn't say anything....
2006-02-14 08:59:10 AM  
outdoor play is evil, now go home and play GTA.
2006-02-14 09:00:44 AM  
A more appropriate tag would have been
2006-02-14 09:01:15 AM  
"mar, deface, or damage"?


/if a kid stepped on a line
//might break his father's spine!
2006-02-14 09:03:45 AM  
that's nothing

my brother and his friends were prosecuted by the city when they were kids for playing hockey in a small residential quiet street
2006-02-14 09:03:52 AM  
Sounds reasonable to me, after RingTFA.

The sidewalks are not for art galleries to advertise on, any more than telephone poles are for Herbalife to advertise on. This is about a business parasitically using public property for its private advertising.

It has nothing to do with kids and hopscotch; though the gallery owner, whining about being caught, does try to make the link.
2006-02-14 09:07:20 AM  
Hopscotch hating cops? They probably like kicking puppies too! I hate to think what they do with candy bearing babies!
2006-02-14 09:12:47 AM  
Personally I think the 'pair' in the article is gay and this is a blatent attempt to use the city resources to prejudiciously act against the minority. I mean come on- two guys with an art gallery drawing on the sidewalk with chalk? Then he says "ith like hopscoth".

Obvious to me.

Having said that-- the whole "it's not advertising" thing is probably one of the most blatent lies I've seen in print for a long, long time.
2006-02-14 09:18:23 AM  
From TFA: "Gomez and Lynch said it wasn't advertising and it wasn't vandalism they put on the sidewalk."

How is chalking something on the sidewalks of a town that causes people to want to go to your business NOT advertising?

Does this mean all those signs along I-95 telling me which exit the next McDonalds is at aren't advertising? Do they get to use the billboards for free, since they aren't advertising anything?

Oh, and the article is misleading and submitter's headline is WAAAAY off. The author says the guy was ticketed for something as simple as a hopscotch game, referring to the fact that there's no real difference between chalking directions on a sidewalk and chalking a hopscotch grid. Then at the end, the guy says "Are they going to (ticket) children for hopscotch next?", meaning that if the cops are going to ticket him for chalking directions, it only makes sense that they should start ticketing children for making hopscotch games.

This is really a simple thing. He was advertising on the sidewalks of the town, didn't have a license to do so and was ticketed for it. Perhaps the initial vandalism ticket was a bit much, but that doesn't negate the truth of the matter.
2006-02-14 09:21:07 AM  
Perhaps the initial vandalism ticket was a bit much,

The vandalism ticket was asshattery. The officer who wrote it will probably run for Mayor next.
2006-02-14 09:25:05 AM  
2006-02-14 09:28:36 AM
2006-02-14 09:30:05 AM  
This is great. As soon as we run those little bastards off my yard I can run them off of the sidewalk too... and then into traffic.

/Giggles with maniacal glee
2006-02-14 09:36:43 AM  
SwiftFox: /if a kid stepped on a line
//might break his father's spine!

Step on a crack, break your mammas back..

It was advertising, plain and simple, creative maybe, but advertising. They should suck it up and pay the fine.

But who in the hell gets all pissy over a bit of chalk? Sheesh.
2006-02-14 10:10:00 AM  
2006-02-14 10:10:29 AM  
It was advertising, plain and simple, creative maybe, but advertising. They should suck it up and pay the fine.

2006-02-14 10:15:09 AM  
Thus proving my theory that, contrary to popular belief, the 1950's will not rise again.

/didn't RTFA.
//comment wasn't that funny either.
2006-02-14 10:33:59 AM  
Kids outside playing hopscotch??? There are still kids that are able to walk outside and play?? I thought they were extinct.
2006-02-14 10:38:39 AM  
everyone knows hopscotch is a gateway game to playing in traffic
2006-02-14 10:40:37 AM  
Submitter didn't RTFA.
2006-02-14 11:50:45 AM  
The lords in my apartment complex told my friend and I to stop chalking up the sidewalks. A few months later, some little kids were using chalk, too, and then they stopped. I guess they told the kids the same thing.

2006-02-14 12:02:10 PM  
This has nothing to do with art or advertising or free speech. It's a flagrant attempt to reduce the number of innocent casualties by shootings with illegal firearms and a virtual acknowledgement that the "authorities" are powerless to control said illegal firearms and the crimes they are a part of!

I have a prescription to get refilled. Ta!
2006-02-14 05:52:27 PM  
I saw these on campus. It worked well enough for me to remember them.

The dumb sorority girls chalk up our sidewalk with mindless blather. Why can't they advertise their art show?

But they're looking at it all wrong. $100-$500 fine for some great publicity.
2006-02-15 12:49:46 AM  
This is gonna be great for the illegal floating hopscotch game rings.
2006-02-15 11:25:56 AM  
Pretty soon hopscotch will only be for hardcore criminals.
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