Editor’s Note: It is believed that the advertisement posted on Craigslist had already been removed when that was flagged by Fox’s Caitlin Flanagan. But it is still there, and can be found here.
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PHOENIX, Ariz. (KPHO) — A controversy from Phoenix, AZ is making international headlines.
For almost three months, a FedEx driver was trolling neighborhoods, taking yard signs for cities within the city limits. The same pictures were posted on multiple Craigslist listings.
David Mooney, a captain in the Phoenix Fire Department, commented on this, which got all attention around the world.
KPHO went through the photos and interviewed the city employees who have more information about this blatant use of taxpayer dollars.
A posting on Craigslist shows the city is accepting yard signs. The city says the signs violate both the Arizona open records law and the Arizona Building Codes. Now a former worker is taking responsibility.
“I did not understand the posting or the meaning, because it’s just not considered open records in Phoenix or in Arizona, so I didn’t bother calling the city or contacting the city to see if there was any reason that I should take it down or what was going on with it. You know, I just wanted to put it up and have fun,” said Mark Harris, former FedEx driver.
Harris joined the tour group from Colorado Springs and started handing out yard signs after seeing them around downtown Phoenix and on his route. He says it would be his job as a driver to deliver packages.
“When I hit the trees, the foliage grew in different parts of the tree and sometimes I couldn’t always see to hit it and have everybody’s packages loaded,” said Harris.
When he made it home, Harris says he knew it was inappropriate.
“I kind of got a sense that something had to go on and so I just went and got them all,” said Harris.
A contractor who cleaned out his contractor’s office, noticed the signs. They were posted in shops and homes throughout Downtown Phoenix.
“He was like, ‘listen, these signs are illegal in the state of Arizona,'” said Myles Forstall, owner of Forstall Construction.
Myles Forstall says he immediately reported it to the City of Phoenix Human Resources department.
“The City of Phoenix Human Resources was super well received by most of the department personnel, whoever they were talking to,” said Forstall.
City attorney Cori Lord wrote a letter to the contractor saying there were multiple violations and the signs could be considered an illegal advertisement. However, he cannot legally remove them.
“All he had to do was call a code enforcement officer to come and take them off of there property and walk the streets and touch the houses to see what he could do and he was denied access to that property,” said Forstall.
The contractor also shared his concerns with his employer.
“The last time I checked they had invited him back to work,” said Forstall.
We wanted to speak with FedEx but they were not available due to the holiday.
Deputy City Attorney Alycia Spieker helped We Report put together a meeting with the contractor who hired Harris, concerned homeowners, the city attorney and agents from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.
“All of the residents as well as the homeowners and city officials are pleased we addressed this with the parties we need to address it with. We have no further comment at this time,” said Spieker.
Smith/Callister Property and Homes, who runs the property management company for the building that called the Phoenix Fire Department, was not available for comment.
When we called them, they told us that they will be taking the signs down.
We will follow up.