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#1
One of my friends here in my dorm went to her hometown this weekend (she's a freshman) and took a stop sign from an empty parking lot. She says she thinks the parking lot was a public (state-owned?) parking lot, but she's not sure.

Parked in the lot was a truck full of orange traffic cones, and laying next to the truck were a few street signs - a couple of stop signs, maybe a work zone sign, maybe a do not enter sign, something along those lines. It wasn't roped off or anything, just all sitting in the corner of the parking lot.

So, she took a stop sign, and drove off back to her college dorm in Greensboro. But before we start planting this stop sign in people's rooms... what sort of trouble can you get in for possession/stealing of this sign?

Is it really stealing if it's just sitting there in a parking lot? Can you get in trouble for simply possession of a sign? I've heard everything from "it's no big deal, no one really cares" to "it's a felony", but at any rate our RA is pretty uptight and she's pretty scared of having something that could seriously screw her over.

Thanks!
#2
Varies from state to state probably. Had you lived in Georgia you would've gotten the chair.
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#3


If it's got a sticker, it's state owned.

Also, it's a nice little tip for people that like to run stop signs. If you get pulled over, check the sign for a sticker

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#5
....it has a sticker.
So what's the penalty for THAT?

Note: She didn't take it off an actual STREET, per se, or detach it from anything. It was simply laying there, in a parking lot, next to a bunch of other construction/street signage/etc.
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1. check for sticker
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#7
It's still theft. And if I'm thinking right, stealing street signs is a felony.

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#8
if its a felony in one state, its a felony everywhere because its a federal offense. Honestly as long as no one gets hurt I doubt they would do anything unless she was caught stealing it. Tell her to destroy the markings on the back though or else they will be able to track where its from.
#9
somebody prolly forgot about it. but you should return it. and maybe delete the thread to be safe . as soon as you get you answer


EDIT:

stealin ( especially state property) is a felony.


burglary..... take it back before someone notices.
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#10
Its a felony. Any stop/street sign counts as theft of gov't property.
Not to mention you run the risk of a car accident because a stop sign was stolen.
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#11
Say you bought it at a flea market if it comes down to it, i doubt they've got any more than half of their forensics department working on the missing stop sign though.
#13
Honestly it doesn't matter, no one's going to be tracking down what happened to that stop sign, especially since it wasn't even at an intersection
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#14
Depends on the state. Check your local laws.
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Why is nobody finding it the least bit weird that someone stole a stop sign?


Because it's not that weird? Go to college.

But yeah, the majority of answers here are correct. It's illegal, it's a felony but I've never heard of someone getting legitimately charged for it. But for real, remove the sticker.
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It's still theft. And if I'm thinking right, stealing street signs is a felony.

DUN DUN DUUUNNNNN.


This, you're friend is an idiot. Will anyone care that it's in her room, prolly not, but if a cop sees the sticker on the back of the sign, in her possession, then yeah, trouble here we come.

Highly unlikely that she will get in trouble though, everyone will assume it's a replica sign, unless she opens her mouth and tells everyone she stole it.
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#18
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Is it still stealing if it's on the ground??


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#19
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Because it's not that weird? Go to college.


This must be some foreign custom because trust me, I've never heard of this one.
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1. check for sticker
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4. profit



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Because it's not that weird? Go to college.

But yeah, the majority of answers here are correct. It's illegal, it's a felony but I've never heard of someone getting legitimately charged for it. But for real, remove the sticker.

Ya I've only seen major repercussions when the theft caused an accident, like the one in Tampa Florida in the late 90's.
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#22
It varies from state to state. So tell your "friend" to read up on that.
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#26
Just a stop sign? That's nothing.

On a trip back from the pub (half a mile walking) me and two mates liberated 4 large construction cones, 3 sandbags, 2 men at work signs, 2 construction barriers and 1 Set of roadworks traffic lights.

We took the traffic lights back because it felt like we'd gone a little too far. That and the fact that we left all these in my mates front yard which was a 5 minute walk up the road from where we nicked them.

This was about 9 months ago now, and last I checked they were all still there.
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If it's got a sticker, it's state owned.

Also, it's a nice little tip for people that like to run stop signs. If you get pulled over, check the sign for a sticker

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#28
Seriously... No-one CARES! It's a friggin' sign! They are made by the thousands, you are not hurting anyone by stealing, no-one is going to bust you. The police is busy solving real crimes, like murder, or trolling on internet forum.

It matters so little, that if you would saw down a sign, and no-one caught you, there is zero risk of getting punished, they'll just replace it, these are replaceable merchandise, it's not like they are made of unicorn tears, rainbows, and a childs laughter. It's just a piece of metal!
#29
Your friend stole a stop sign... why are you friends with this person?
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#30
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Your friend stole a stop sign... why are you friends with this person?


Oh god, it's just a stop sign!
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Your friend stole a stop sign... why are you friends with this person?

I guess he didn't know... when to stop...


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Seriously... No-one CARES! It's a friggin' sign! They are made by the thousands, you are not hurting anyone by stealing, no-one is going to bust you. The police is busy solving real crimes, like murder, or trolling on internet forum.

It matters so little, that if you would saw down a sign, and no-one caught you, there is zero risk of getting punished, they'll just replace it, these are replaceable merchandise, it's not like they are made of unicorn tears, rainbows, and a childs laughter. It's just a piece of metal!


That we all paid for with our tax dollars.
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Is it? I'm honestly asking, not because I plan on running stop signs, but you never know when a nugget of knowledge like this may come in handy.
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That we all paid for with our tax dollars.


I didn't

But seriously, it's all about proportion, that sign probably cost you 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001$
#35
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Oh god, it's just a stop sign!

So?


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Is it? I'm honestly asking, not because I plan on running stop signs, but you never know when a nugget of knowledge like this may come in handy.

Tell ya what you do. Stop after the sign and check for stickers. Lemme know how it works out for you.
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So?


Tell ya what you do. Stop after the sign and check for stickers. Lemme know how it works out for you.


Please see above post about proportions, concentrate on things that actually matters
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#38
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I didn't

But seriously, it's all about proportion, that sign probably cost you 0.000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001$


Maybe...but add up all the idiots stealing signs, and government waste, and my ever increasing taxes, but the government continually racking up debt...and it adds up quick.
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Maybe...but add up all the idiots stealing signs, and government waste, and my ever increasing taxes, but the government continually racking up debt...and it adds up quick.

Yes, people stealing stop signs and the like are the reason for all of that, not that massive amount of wasted money on the millitary every year.
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