Monday, July 14, 2014

Crazy, Dancing Pizza Sign Guys

Intersection pandhandlers are bad enough.  Now, we have to deal with roadside adults, dancing to an unheard beat, and waving signs for $5 pizza.  One at Little Caesar's, you could ignore, or at least tolerate. Now that Marco's Pizza upped the ante, I refuse to give in any longer.  Serenity now! This post explores the legality of this marketing foolishness.  

Both establishments are located within the heart of the Reservoir Community District (Overlay), so we look to those ordinances for guidance.  "Sign" is defined within those ordinances as "every device, frame, letter, figure, character, mark, point, design, picture, trademark or reading matter which is used or intended to be used to attract attention or convey information when the same is placed out of doors in view of the general public." There should be little question a gyrating person holding a bright orange sign, whose sole purpose is to attract the attention of unhealthconcious consumers,  falls within this definition.  As a result, the sign regulation portion of said ordinance controls.

Not surprisingly, I find no provision allowing people to hold signs along the roadside advertising for goods. However, included in the Prohibited Signs portion, in Section 2609.05(1) are: "Animated signs:  Any sign, which includes action or motion."  I see no difference between a (badly) dancing human and an inflatable widgit.  As a result, in my opinion, the signs in question are expressly prohibited under the Overlay Ordinances.

The only other provision that comes close to being applicable is the Temporary Sign portion. However, there, the only mention of commercial/retail signs is in Section 2609.04(C), which allows canvas signs, banners, advertising flags, pennants, streamers, garlands and similar devices for 30 days after the initial opening of a business. That provision doesn't appear to be applicable.  

Human beings holding signs along the roadside to attract business (and distract drivers) are prohibited and the appropriate authority -- whether PRVWSD or Rankin County Office of Community Development -- should put a stop to it (or simply scrap the Overlay altogether).  


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh good grief -- the kid has a summer job and seems to be enjoying it. Let him dance!

Anonymous said...

I really don't have a problem with the dancing signs but I do get sick of the people at spillway and hugh ward. It seems like every Saturday morning there is a bunch there creating a traffic problem. I keep waiting for the day I here an accident happens.

Anonymous said...

My kids like the dancing guys... They don't bother us much. I too would LOVE to see an end to the Hugh Ward/Spillway panhandling though.

Anonymous said...

YES! I'm all about getting rid of intersection begging as well! If you want your kid to play in a sport, then YOU pay for it. Can The Rez News tell us how to start a Petition to cease that shenanigans?!

Anonymous said...

We don't mind the pizza guys either - we think they are fun.

I will GLADLY sign a petition to stop intersection begging. I have considered carrying a bucket in the car with a list of kids activities and fees that WE pay for our own children and sticking it out the window.

Anonymous said...

@11:36 - that's a great idea!! Just hand them back a note saying "Here's your Tip" I pay for mine, you pay for yours!!!

Anonymous said...

^^^ THANK YOU!! As a parent that has had to fork out tons of money for my kids to play sports, I get sooo tired of others asking us to pay their way. I am all about donating to charity but over-privileged suburban kids that want to play soccer is NOT A CHARITY!!!

Anonymous said...

Those stalking customers as they go in or out of a store are just as bad as the intersection beggars. They should all be banned. I feel bad for the sweating dancers barely making a buck, but at least they have a job instead of begging like the others.

Anonymous said...

I agree

Julie Powell said...

I agree also. The dancing pizza sign guys are okay. The people begging at Spillway & Hugh Ward need to be stopped. Someone is going to run over there one day. Plus it is so irritating - Every Single Weekend...

Anonymous said...

No ordinance against it. They will just fire the kids. Great outcome. How about an attorney gets concerned with a fireworks stand at that very spot, in violation of existing ordinances ("waivered") sandwiched between a gas station and a daycare (Cherubs). Let's say that again. Between a gas station and a daycare. Great, great code enforcement. Next to McDonalds. Yes, one spark, like they had at Laurel a few weeks ago, and a trailer of explosives, with a blast radius of 100 yards, levels the gas station and the daycare, which has toddlers playing outside. In violation of existing code. Go to http://www.oddee.com/item_98635.aspx Go to this site and look at #4. That's JUST the tent, which is identical to the one on Old Fannin. Maybe you can get an ordinance enforced before it's rush hour, the daycare is occupied, and the gas station and McDonald's are flattened too. We had a home with $5,000 in damage from fireworks just from kids with bottle rockets. Who weren't trying to earn money and harming no one while selling pizza. Meanwhile, fireworks are sold between a daycare and a gas station as well as backed up to a subdivision fence and Sonic. Sheer genius. Bubba needs his fireworks to be a "Patriot", right?? And, this is on Rez property where as state land only fireworks authorized are by govt. Yet, Rez PO deliberately does not enforce either. Wait till there's a death, right? Then we will "crack down" when it's too late. Agree with the posters who point out how dangerous the panhandling in traffic is. Yet, they have "a permit." We could have beautiful 4th of July fireworks like we had. Without the liability, the damage to homes and property, the injuries, and the incessant racket till 2 AM year round from drunk Bubba "celebratin'"

Anonymous said...

Dancing pizza guys are cool!!!

However, the panhandling HAS GOT TO STOP!

What are you parents teaching your kids by doing this????

Have a car wash or something...DO SOMETHING to EARN the money...

Anonymous said...

You kinda expect to see "the dancing bears" in front of pizza shacks, check cashing places, and pawn shops (WE BUY GOLD), but I wondered how bad things must be when you see "the dancing egga-muffin" holding a "Eat Breakfast At B's" sign.

Anonymous said...

The poster at 3:26 p.m. points out the conundrum. The dancing marketers are clearly outlawed in the Overlay Ordinance. Either enforce the rule, or take it off the books. The argument that "it's not harming anybody so let him do it" shouldn't be accepted. Otherwise, you will have dancing people lining Old Fannin Road (rather than just Little Caesar's, B's Cafe, and Marco's). Next up, a bikini clad girl outside of the pawn shop. Luckily, this isn't world peace.