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Dominos Pizza Store Thinks They Own Public Property

[Editor's note: The Dominos Pizza location in this article is Store No. 4796  (215) 465-2000 behind the Walgreens Pharmacy in the shopping center at 23rd and Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia]

A volunteer of BanditProject writes in:

I thought that the manager of the new Pizza Hut on 23rd and Passyunk was an ignorant idiot regarding bandit signs, but the owner of the new Dominoes in the Quartermaster Plaza at 23rd and Oregon has him beat. Two days ago I saw a humongous 8' high double-sided dominoes sign attached to a pole on Oregon. I called and asked that it be removed. Manager basically said screw you unless you're a city employee. Yesterday I took the sign down and was cutting it into manageable size pieces when the owner came and confronted me, getting in my face and saying I had no right to take his sign down. I cited the statuteand urged him to call police, which he did. They never came. He then called his cohort and instructed him to use his vehicle to block my truck in and prevent me from leaving. Cohort did so and also called on his cell phone to Officer X ( I have the name) and "ran" my plate. I tired of waiting, hopped the curb, and left. Cohort followed me for 1/2 hour through S.Phila. before I lost him.

Later that afternoon I went to the same shopping center to make a purchase at Home Depot. The owner and cohort spotted me and yelled "We'll see you at XWZ street, naming the street that I live on and therefore indicating that cohort's police friend had given them that info from my plate. I told them that I would be making a complaint against Officer X, to which cohort responded "Go ahead, he's in the XX district." While in H.D., ten polce cars encircled my truck. When I came out, a cop patted me down. Cohort had called in a false "man with a gun" report. The police soon realized that I had no gun and there was no legit basis for the call, yet they did not arrest cohort for making a false report.

Today I will be filing that complaint against Officer X. I am also preparing a lawsuit against Dominoes, the local owner, his cohort, Officer X, and the Phila. Police Dept. Assault, unlawful restraint, improper use of police info., theft (after I took it down, the sign was rightfully mine, yet the owner stole some of the panels from me)





Most folk, especially in a picky East Coast city like ours where we know our pizza, don't make a choice to go Dominos over the local pie stores solely because of a crappy coroplast pole wrap.  However, the operator of this Dominos location must think his cheap coroplast will make or break his sales figures to be willing to call a PPD officer in personally for "back-up" to protect his illegal sign from being taken down.

We think it's laughable that an officer of the PPD was bamboozled into bodyguarding a crappy pizza store owner for his illegal signage, and then hustling our volunteer after the fact.

I hope Dominos Pizza doesn't encourage this type of thuggery at its other store locations and would stop sending coroplast pole wraps to its Philadelphia-area stores since erecting those on utility poles and street lights is illegal.

For the record, the only kind of light poles at 23rd and Oregon Avenue that would be legal to erect the signage would be parking lot lighting that is not owned and paid for by the City of Philadelphia.   Utility poles and streetlighting in the public right of way is banned from advertising signs.   And yes, ANYONE can remove the signs because it is NOT trespassing.   Our volunteer was breaking no law.  

Got that?

I think this store just earned a negative review on Yelp and Google Biz.
Categories: Removals, Hall of Shame
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*Sigh*



Oy vey.

Oh yeah, there's this one, too.
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Antique Bandit Signs

While admiring the work being done to improve Girard Avenue, TBP came across this:


Wow that's an old sign. I mean the one on the pole, not
Tommy's Pizza. 

This sign dates back at least to the mid 1970s when many Philadelphians still dialed one another on the phone with 7 digits, two of which were letters which was the telephone office the company's phone was hooked up to.

I wonder if Marty Bergen (the roofer on the sign) is still around plastering signs all these years later?
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Now Insurance Bandit Signs?

We're already pondering how many more categories to add to the database.   Diabetes test strips is already a hot contender, but do we have to add one now for insurance?


We hope not.


If you see this insurance bandit sign anywhere around town, click here to give us the locations.

The admin has already talked to the sign owner and he said he would let "the kids" know to not put up the signs (or take them down).
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The Street Value of Diabetes Test Strips

One of my favorite signs, a signal of how bad the economy is:



Of course, where do you even have these test strips to sell?
  • Your doctor over-proscribed
  • They were originally paid for with insurance (Medicare usually, but also Medicaid, VA, private, etc.)
  • You have Type II and can "sense" what your glucose level is by how well you feel, so you don't need that much testing, so you wanna take a gamble and sell of what you have except enough for a couple weeks should you have to go back to testing regularly

It's pretty clear from the proliferation of this sign that the price for diabetes test strips far outstrips the cost to produce them, plus the patients are over-ordering test strips at such a rate that they are bulk trading them in a secondary market.

Who buys the test scripts from the secondary market?  We'd like to know that, too.



I wonder how long this can go on before insurers crack down on it.
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Dean Graziosi's Zombies And How They Plaster Philly With Signs

Last night I stumbled across the website for Dean Graziosi, apparently a guru of "real estate warehousing" or as we all know the game by it's easier name: flipping.


He can afford his flawless skin as long as you
keep paying to go to his seminars and buy his books.

The reason why I stumbled across this dude and his broke MLM followers was: "how do I advertise my real estate scams for next to nothing?".


If you have to pony up 5-figures just to buy a house now,
how you gonna get a house with $0 in 2011?

No doubt, if you see anyone near you with this tome, be sure to take it from them when they're not around and burn that book before they turn into the next zombie running around strange neighborhoods at 3AM putting up coroplast everywhere.
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UPDATE - MyPhillyRoofer: SOLVED

MyPhillyRoofer will not stop until their sign is on
every utility pole in Philadelphia

UPDATE:  Edward McGovern is the principal agent behind MyPhillyRoofer.com

So it looks like MyPhillyRoofer.com, which like most roofers in Philly--loves to put their signs up high where it's hard to reach them--has a Facebook page.

I wonder if the address they posted there is accurate.  I might be swinging through Bridesburg soon to find out.

Oh yes, there's also that flyer I've caught them handing out that has a license number on it that I can't trace.   It seems like they lay more plastic and wooden bandit signs down in places than they have roofs to repair.

And of course their website has zero contact information on it other than a g-mail address and their phone.   The Bandit Dossier page will be updated when we have positive ID's of sign owners.  Can't wait to nail down this one.   I'm sick of seeing their crap littering every neighborhood in Philly.
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Work begins anew...



Now that the main site is up and in good enough shape to take reports, it's time to cook up a Droid and a iPhone app to make reporting signs a cinch.   This may take a while since I only have weekends and lunch breaks to work on it.   If you're interested in taking up writing an app for banditProject and have some developer skills, contact us.
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Tacony Civic Meeting - November 9th 7PM

Yours truly will be making an appearance at the Tacony Civic meeting (Disston Rec Center).  I will pass out information on what BP is all about, why it makes sense to report sign complaints to BP vs. 3-1-1 and who presently at the City of Philadelphia is responsible for bandit sign collection.

Included will be a walk-through of how to report a sign, whether to leave signs up or take them down, and what the BP database intends to do in the future.
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