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Billboards Removed, Mystery Remains

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two ad agencies are condemning whoever used their Las Vegas billboards to post ads protesting the state of the economy with mannequins dangling on a hangman’s noose.

One mannequin was strung below a black sign with the words “Dying for Work,” while another was beneath a sign that read “Hope You’re Happy Wall St.”

A woman who answered the phone at Lamar Advertising Co., which owns one of the billboards, labeled the act vandalism.

Clear Channel Outdoor, which owns another sign that was affected, said they pulled the display immediately and plan to work with law enforcement to punish whoever is responsible.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott says the 911 calls started coming in as the sun came up early Wednesday, with drivers worried one dummy swaying along Interstate 15 was a real person.

No one has claimed responsibility, but an Occupy Las Vegas supporter said those who say it’s in “bad taste are living sheltered lives.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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