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Slafman: I don't use bandit signs anymore

In today's Philadelphia Daily News article is an interesting remark from Al Slafman:

Slafman said bandit signs were effective at first but he no longer uses them.

Really?  He could have fooled us.   It wasn't but 3 months ago that the Fishtown neighborhood was plastered with the 7 seconds" signs, but they've since dropped off after residents quickly removed them.

It's not like these signs are difficult to track, or anything.

Now in Point Breeze we're seeing a cruder design printed on card stock.   The phone number traces back to Al Slafman again, and it matches door flyers that have been seen in various neighborhoods that trace back.   While the door flyers are legal and there's not much that can be done about that, the cardstock bandit signs are no different than Coroplast and are still absolutely 100% illegal.

Al also takes issue that his personal information is posted here on BanditProject for all to see.   Well Al, if it weren't for this stack of lawsuits:

Yes, the City (and others) sued Al this many times.

... your personal information wouldn't be available for anyone to find.   Here's an idea:  If you want us to stop writing about you, then stop putting up bandit signs!   Wow that's so easy, isn't it!

If you do post bandit signs and then get upset that you're called out on here, please take this as professional advice:   snort my taint.
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19125 Bandit Sign Contest

If you live in the 19125 zip code, which includes Fishtown, parts of East Kensington and Flatiron, you have the chance to win an Amazon Kindle Fire color tablet!

You know you want one
Contest Rules

Signs may be collected starting today.  Final collection of bandit signs, both paper and Coroplast, will end on the Philadelphia Annual Spring Cleanup 2012 on Saturday April 14th, 2012.   The current collection point will be at East Huntington Street & East Thompson Street, also known as "Mount Wawa" during the Spring Clean up for the Olde Richmond Civic Association (ORCA).

  • This contest is independent of the Philadelphia Spring Cleanup, NKCDC or any other civic association or organization in the contest area.  Your participation in this contest is independent of all other non-profit groups participating in the Spring Cleanup.
    • You agree to only collect signs of the following mountings:
      • Utility poles
      • Street lights
      • Trees
      • Vacant, unoccupied land
      • Highway medians
  • You shall not use a ladder or other elevation aid to remove signs.  However, you may enlist the aid of poles or other utensils to dislodge signs affixed to utility poles.
  • You agree to not enter any occupied property for the purposes of collecting signs without the owner's permission.
  • Do wear heavy gloves and eye protection when removing signs with heavy nails!
Contest Entry

Contest entrants will present their signs at the assigned collection point at the corner of Huntingdon and Thompson street (behind Wawa) on the contest date (April 14, 2012 starting at 12:00PM noon).   Entries will continue to be accepted at this location until the ORCA cleanup ends.
Each contestant should submit their bundles of signs to be tallied and submit their name.  Points will be awarded at the collection site.

Winners will be announced at PBC Brewery and prizes awarded during the Spring Cleanup celebration!


  1. First Place: 
  2. Second Place:  $75
  3. Third Place: $50
  4. Fourth Place:  $25
Points for Coroplast signs:  5 pts
Points for paper-based signs:  2 pts
For any questions concerning the contest, please contact The Bandit Project at
Liability Stuff
As a participant ("Participant") in The 19125 Bandit Sign Contest ("Contest"), YOU HEREBY ASSUME ALL RISKS INVOLVED IN PARTICIPATION IN THE CONTEST.
PARTICIPANT HEREBY RELEASES, WAIVES, DISCHARGES AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE participants, promoters, sanctioning organization or any subdivision thereof, owners and leasees of the premises used to conduct said events, and each of them, all for the purposes herein referred to as ‘releasees’ from all liability to the undersigned, his/her personal representatives, assignees, heirs, and next of kin for any loss or damage on account of injury to person (including death) or property.
PARTICIPANT HEREBY AGREE TO INDEMNIFY, SAVE AND HOLD HARMLESS the releasees, and each of them, from any loss, liability, damage or cost they may incur due the presence of the undersigned in anyway while participating in any event and whether caused by the negligence of releasees or otherwise for losses, damages (including attorney's fees) which may be brought against me or against any of them by anyone claiming to be injured (including death) as a result of any injury caused by participant or injury to participant or the claimant's property which may occur as a result of Participant's participation.
PARTICIPANT EXPRESSLY AGREES that the foregoing release, waiver and indemnity agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in which the event is conducted and that if any portion thereof is held invalid it is agreed that the balance shall continue in full force and effect.
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Why does City Council Want to Aid and Abet a Known Federal Ex-Con?

The #1 bandit sign on our site, owned by Lenny Trexler, is turning out to be interesting for a new reason.

A recent search on PACER has revealed that a Mr. Leonard Trexler was convicted by a FEDERAL court in 2003 for running an illegal chop shop operation.

Is Lenny's current operation, the $250 vehicle recovery business, valid?   One must be licensed to be a tow operator in Philadelphia.   We have no way of finding out who is a valid tow operator, those are searches only the Parking Authority or L&I can do.  YES, you really do need a Philadelphia Tow License to tow cars in Philadelphia.

What we do know is that we are sick of his bandit signs.

It's sad that City Council Bill 120017 is designed to aid and abet a Federal ex-con.   Really sad.    Maybe City Council should just drop this bill when it gets the chance at the next session in Room 400? 

If you are tired of bandit signs in your neighborhood, please support us and sign the petition to ask City Hall to vote NO or withdraw Bill No. 120017 which seeks to legalize bandit signs in Philadelphia.
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Slafman Sheriff Sales

How in the world does Slafman make money?

According to the Sheriff's Office, 3 of Slafman's properties are headed into Sheriff's Sale over mortgage foreclosure on January 4, 2012.  

The three properties:

509 W. Thompson St.
2415 Madison Sq. a/k/a 2415 Webster St.
6909 Cedar Park Ave.

This is an ongoing thread about the Slafman Saga.  It started with his bandit sign, it's now ballooned into a larger affair: a shoddy real-estate empire that crisscrosses Philadelphia.
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Slafman Documents Arrive

Hope everyone had a thankful Thanksgiving.

Just to let you know, the package of documents covering the "Slafman Estates" arrived at both the PA Attorney General's Office and the Philadelphia City Controller's Offices on November 22nd.

But in the spirit of the Holidays, we're going to start the clock on Monday, December 5th, for both offices to review the packages that were sent.  If we receive any response from either office we will publish it.


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The City Doesn't Care (Or Maybe It Does?)

The reason why The Bandit Sign Project was created was mainly due to apathy about the City of Philadelphia actually doing anything about bandit signs (namely, enforcing the law).  But in our discovery of some of the schemes lying underneath the bandit signs, we're taking some action.

Pardon our French, but this is a lot of fucking lawsuits
See, in Philadelphia the way this town works; if you can get away with something, you can usually get away with a lot of it.   And in the case of Al Slafman, what he is getting away with is a shoddy real estate commodities business.

Today, yours truly has released a 13lbs document package to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office, begging the PA AG to open an investigation into the Slafman empire.   We submitted a sampling of over 100 civil suits where Slafman is a named defendant, statements from those who are upset doing business with him, a complete inventory from the Philadelphia Records Department of all the properties he has ever touched in this county, including:

  • An upset homeowner who purchased a house full of mold from Slafman
  • A lawsuit launched by Slomins Security to recover fees Slafman failed to pay up
  • A group of renters who jointly filed a lawsuit to recover a missing security deposit, as Slafman stopped communicating with them immediately after their lease had expired
  • A lawsuit launched by a Slafman homebuyer who had defective plumbing that was not detected during the time of sale
  • Dozens of lawsuits by the City of Philadelphia citing code violations on Slafman properties, including shoddy repair work
  • Lawsuits filed by the City of Philadelphia Revenue Department citing unpaid real estate taxes
  • A lawsuit filed by the City of Philadelphia due to the expiration of a business license
  • And more lawsuits filed by the City of Philadelphia citing external code violations (high weeds, trash, etc.)
  • A large morass of unpaid water/gas bills

Will the AG's office look at it and investigate?  We hope so.  If not, let this be a record in the future that one day, when Slafman screws up royally and the business hits the skids, we warned you.

To give the City some fair warning, a copy of this document bundle was also sent to the Philadelphia City Controller's office.   Both packages will be in their offices by December 1.    I'm sure the City will throw the pile of evidence in the trash.   After all, almost all of that paperwork came from the City's own court system, not that anyone cares.

This is Philly after all, where you can run a "CASH FOR HOMES!" business on the side, as was done within the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office by Tyrone Bynum

Slafman's employees and Slafman himself like to spread the word online that he's helping out poor people by giving them cash in their hands quickly.   On one local message board, this was posted:

I happen to know of numerous situations where people were on the verge of foreclosures and other disasters and Mr. Slafman found a way for them to walk away with some money and avoid foreclosure. Just because his sign is not 100% legal is a far stretch to making him a criminal. Those signs have helped many more people than it could ever upset. You should find another topic to discuss like how your government is screwing you every single day, not a guy trying to hustle some business in what is usually a win-win situation.

Yeah, these folks think they are an awesome contribution to humanity.   Of course the only tax they actually are forced to pay is the Real Estate Transfer Tax, because you HAVE to pay that to get a deed recorded in Philadelphia County, and of course this tax is transferred to the buyer--so not are you only paying this tax twice when you buy a Slafman property, you're also buying the unknown.   A GOOD home inspector will give Slafman a lot of headaches (and will probably cause Slafman to stop returning your phone calls).   The best course of action if you're considering buying an FSBO property is to avoid Slafman's inventory, get a GOOD home inspector that is very highly rated, and avoid ANY business person that Slafman recommends that you deal with, especially any title or settlement companies that Al Slafman name-drops.

When it comes to all other forms of obligations that property owners are required by law to uphold, Slafman doesn't even do the absolute minimum; as the court records clearly show.

Really, is it worth the risk?   How many more people are going to be screwed before it's all over?

After all, when it comes to #1, the only property where Slafman actually ensures his obligations are maintained is the Slafman family home.   We believe from court lawsuits filed this year that 7230 Claridge St. is Slafman's crashpad in the city, up in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia:

New sidewalks, new retaining walls and garden, new stucco.  That's completely unlike any other house in his inventory and it certainly isn't distressed.   Scanning the deed and mortgage records for that house, Betty Santiago-Slafman has held an interest in this property since 2003, much longer than any normal "Slafman special".

Al Slafman is also no stranger to U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court, as shown here from this case in 2002 in this case of a lending deal gone bad:
Party 1: Vasquez, Tomas E.   (xxx-xx-4469)   (Plaintiff)
Party 2: Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, NA     (Defendant)
Party 3: Ocwen Federal Bank, FSB     (Defendant)
Party 4: L.L. Funding Corporation     (Defendant)
Party 5: Slafman, David     (Defendant)
Atty: IRWIN LEE TRAUSS   Represents party 1: Plaintiff  
Phone:   (215) 981-3811
Atty: RICHARD F. STERN   Represents party 2: Defendant  
Phone:   (215) 572-8111
Atty: RICHARD F. STERN   Represents party 3: Defendant  
Phone:   (215) 572-8111
Atty: DAVID H. DENENBERG   Represents party 5: Defendant  
Phone:   (215) 546-1345
Location of case files:  
    Volume:   CS1 
The case file may not be available.  

Is it wise to do business with the Slafmans?

Personally, I think I'd rather live in a house full of toxic Chinese drywall made by Pulte rather than a Slafman Special.  At least with Pulte, I have someone I know I can sue and force them to correct their mistakes.  With Slafman?  Forget it.
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The Cases Speak For Themselves

Editor's Note:  To see a better photo of the car, view the attachment at the bottom.

If you haven't guessed by now, we really do not like Al Slafman.

Recently as last month, we discovered another person doesn't like him that much either.   In the case of Baker vs. Slafman, SC-11-04-13-4267, an occupant of one of Slafman's many real estate "warehousing" properties, Al Slafman illegally locked Ms. Baker out of her home she was renting, with all of her possessions inside.

Ms. Baker sued Slafman for $10,000.  She won a court judgment for $6,100.   Al Slafman didn't bother to attend the court hearing.

That is until, Ms. Baker went back to the court to force a sale of either her possessions or the house itself to secure the $6,100 judgment.   Only then did Al Slafman take Ms. Baker seriously.

The judgment entered against Slafman is at a property located at 7104 Rising Sun.  We love this Youtube video of it... doesn't it make you feel warm and fuzzy?

And the best bit?   Guess what one of our volunteers found (hint: look in the back seat of the car):

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Site changes

Earlier at the group meeting for The Bandit Sign Project we:

- Approved our mission statement for the Project
- The official name of this volunteer group is now called The Bandit Sign Project
- We started formalizing some of our organizing/outreach efforts

Site changes:
- A "lost revenue" counter is being considered to be added to the front page of
Categories: Civic Engagement
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Tons of new signs!!!

Well, the election may be over, but our sign database is overflowing with new submissions!

Keep reporting new signage in your neighborhood.   As we get leads and identify some of these new signs, be sure to check back to see if we've located who your particular signs belong to!
Categories: Civic Engagement
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Want to see a list of every property Al Slafman has ever been involved in?

Well, why not?

Here's the full list of deed transfers, mortgage releases and even a couple Sheriff's Sales involving Mr. Slafman.

It looks like he set up his little operation in 2001 and has been chugging along for the better part of a decade at his low-income flipping bonanza.  And that's great. 

Just get the damn signs of the utility poles, Al.
Categories: Hall of Shame
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