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Political Signs Stolen From Mercer Island Yard, Resident Says

A Mercer Island resident says the half-dozen political signs in her yard disappeared over the weekend.

Nancy Weil is extremely passionate about her viewpoints. And she had been displaying them prominently in the past couple weeks with a half-dozen political signs in her yard on East Mercer Way near Clark Beach.

But when she went to leave her house Saturday morning, her signs, three supporting President Barack Obama and three supporting the same-sex marriage referendum, were gone.

"I am furious," Weil told Patch on Sunday. 

She said she understands that not everybody wants to vote for Obama, although she doesn't understand those against what she called "equal rights for people" regarding the same-sex marriage referendum. What really irks her is the fact that the people in question are so vehement in their beliefs that they would get our of their car and pull out every sign.

"It's a violation," she said. "It's offensive."

She said she doesn't have any idea who would have done such a thing and said she left a message for police. 

While some may think removing political signs is a harmless prank, it's a crime.

According to the state law in RCW 29A.84.040, any person who removes or defaces lawfully placed political advertising including yard signs or billboards without authorization is guilty of a misdemeanor.

Commenters on an earlier story about political signs claimed that Reject R-74 signs were stolen from their yards on the North-end of Mercer Island in October.

Weil said the silver lining in the incident is that it spawned a good conversation with her five children about the importance of standing up for what you believe in even if others try to silence you.

Have you had a political sign stolen or vandalized this election season? Tell us in the comments. 

Jerry Gropp Architect AIA November 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
. Tom Imrich I do believe was a Boeing Test Pilot. I'd love an eMail from him so we can correspond on flying and things like that. My flight instructors were Lana Kurtzer on floats & Nick Yotz, PAA. J-
Jon H November 05, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Kendall - I would not tie up valuable police resources on what amounts to a squabble between neighbors. People in this part of the country tend to be a bit thin skinned and passive-aggressive. Sometimes you just have to draw them out.
Jon H November 05, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I'm with you Thomas. I wouldn't consider calling the police over an issue such as missing political signs. I'd rather have the police working on things that matter, real crimes not what amounts to a childish prank. I know some consider these sort of things a 'hate' crime of sorts. But I think that those types are the kind that don't take personal responsibility as a priority and look to government to solve problems.
Kendall Watson November 05, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Thanks for the response, Jon. I'm sorry you're having trouble in what should be a great couple of days here for our democracy, whatever the result. I'm not originally from this area and definitely have experienced some of the "Seattle Freeze"-type reactions from folks, so I can sympathize. Good luck!
Rouchard Duprie November 05, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I've heard it said we all get the society we deserve including the crime rate. On a side note, wasn't it Boeing pilots that water landed a vintage Boeing airplane in Elliot Bay in the early 2000's or late 1990's?

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