Atheist Bus Ads Back Up in Kelowna

For months now, there’s been an attempt to get a couple atheist bus ads up in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Back in May, they were stolen from the bus yard. The city admitted it had no idea what happened, but the Centre For Inquiry would have to foot the bill for replacements.

Well, CFI ponied up the money and the ads are now back on two buses. They’ll be there for two more weeks.

“Kelowna is the only place, as far as we know, where the ads have been removed; and they have been run all over the world,” says Centre for Inquiry spokesperson Guy King.

Investigators still have no idea who the vandals are, and King can only speculate.

“I’d like to see whoever removed the ads come forward, and maybe reimburse us for the additional cost,” he says.

What a horrible policy on the part of the advertising company: You vandalize signs you don’t like and we’ll… make the customers pay for the replacement.

It’s just an incentive for the vandals to do it again.

Incidentally, CFI Okanagan is holding a contest for anyone who can get a picture of the ad on a bus — take the picture, post it on their Facebook page, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for some nice prizes.

If you want to take that picture, I’d suggest getting on that ASAP. Call it a hunch.

(Thanks to Loren for the link!)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Anonymous

    One would think that would fall to the bus company, since the ads were removed while in the bus yard.

  • Anonymous

    One would think that would fall to the bus company, since the ads were removed while in the bus yard.

  • Anonymous

    One would think that would fall to the bus company, since the ads were removed while in the bus yard.

  • Anonymous

    One would think that would fall to the bus company, since the ads were removed while in the bus yard.

  • Anonymous

    One would think that would fall to the bus company, since the ads were removed while in the bus yard.

  • Anonymous

    One would think that would fall to the bus company, since the ads were removed while in the bus yard.

  • Anonymous

    One would think that would fall to the bus company, since the ads were removed while in the bus yard.

  • Anonymous

    One would think that would fall to the bus company, since the ads were removed while in the bus yard.

  • Anonymous

    I think back to my cold storage days, “Oh hey! Sorry about your $200,000.00 worth of ribeye.  Someone broke into the warehouse and stole it all.  Whoopsies. ”

    That would not go over well.

  • Anonymous

    I think back to my cold storage days, “Oh hey! Sorry about your $200,000.00 worth of ribeye.  Someone broke into the warehouse and stole it all.  Whoopsies. ”

    That would not go over well.

  • Anonymous

    I think back to my cold storage days, “Oh hey! Sorry about your $200,000.00 worth of ribeye.  Someone broke into the warehouse and stole it all.  Whoopsies. ”

    That would not go over well.

  • Anonymous

    I think back to my cold storage days, “Oh hey! Sorry about your $200,000.00 worth of ribeye.  Someone broke into the warehouse and stole it all.  Whoopsies. ”

    That would not go over well.

  • Anonymous

    I think back to my cold storage days, “Oh hey! Sorry about your $200,000.00 worth of ribeye.  Someone broke into the warehouse and stole it all.  Whoopsies. ”

    That would not go over well.

  • Anonymous

    I think back to my cold storage days, “Oh hey! Sorry about your $200,000.00 worth of ribeye.  Someone broke into the warehouse and stole it all.  Whoopsies. ”

    That would not go over well.

  • Anonymous

    I think back to my cold storage days, “Oh hey! Sorry about your $200,000.00 worth of ribeye.  Someone broke into the warehouse and stole it all.  Whoopsies. ”

    That would not go over well.

  • Anonymous

    I think back to my cold storage days, “Oh hey! Sorry about your $200,000.00 worth of ribeye.  Someone broke into the warehouse and stole it all.  Whoopsies. ”

    That would not go over well.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that’s sketchy.  Did they at least change the contract so the advertising company replaces it?   I think the onus should have been on the advertising company to make sure the ads are reasonably protected. Then there’s the bus company, who apparently either doesn’t have security or someone in security that’s in on it.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that’s sketchy.  Did they at least change the contract so the advertising company replaces it?   I think the onus should have been on the advertising company to make sure the ads are reasonably protected. Then there’s the bus company, who apparently either doesn’t have security or someone in security that’s in on it.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that’s sketchy.  Did they at least change the contract so the advertising company replaces it?   I think the onus should have been on the advertising company to make sure the ads are reasonably protected. Then there’s the bus company, who apparently either doesn’t have security or someone in security that’s in on it.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that’s sketchy.  Did they at least change the contract so the advertising company replaces it?   I think the onus should have been on the advertising company to make sure the ads are reasonably protected. Then there’s the bus company, who apparently either doesn’t have security or someone in security that’s in on it.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that’s sketchy.  Did they at least change the contract so the advertising company replaces it?   I think the onus should have been on the advertising company to make sure the ads are reasonably protected. Then there’s the bus company, who apparently either doesn’t have security or someone in security that’s in on it.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know if any local churches offered assistance in this matter?

  • Terry

    Is it not the bus company’s responsibility for securing their premises?  Why is the customer billed?!?!?!?

  • Terry

    Shame, I will not be able to see the photos. :-(   
    Why put it on Facebook?  Don’t they have their own website? 

    • Sinfanti

      They probably do, but as with all advertising you benefit from more exposure.  Getting people to post on FB gets those images out there for a greater audience, since all of the posters’ friends will see the image in their news feed.

    • Sinfanti

      They probably do, but as with all advertising you benefit from more exposure.  Getting people to post on FB gets those images out there for a greater audience, since all of the posters’ friends will see the image in their news feed.

    • Sinfanti

      They probably do, but as with all advertising you benefit from more exposure.  Getting people to post on FB gets those images out there for a greater audience, since all of the posters’ friends will see the image in their news feed.

    • Sinfanti

      They probably do, but as with all advertising you benefit from more exposure.  Getting people to post on FB gets those images out there for a greater audience, since all of the posters’ friends will see the image in their news feed.

    • Sinfanti

      They probably do, but as with all advertising you benefit from more exposure.  Getting people to post on FB gets those images out there for a greater audience, since all of the posters’ friends will see the image in their news feed.

    • Sinfanti

      They probably do, but as with all advertising you benefit from more exposure.  Getting people to post on FB gets those images out there for a greater audience, since all of the posters’ friends will see the image in their news feed.

    • Sinfanti

      They probably do, but as with all advertising you benefit from more exposure.  Getting people to post on FB gets those images out there for a greater audience, since all of the posters’ friends will see the image in their news feed.

    • Sinfanti

      They probably do, but as with all advertising you benefit from more exposure.  Getting people to post on FB gets those images out there for a greater audience, since all of the posters’ friends will see the image in their news feed.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t believe neither the bus company nor the ad company warrants the security of their property when under their sole control. I agree that this policy, now made public, will only encourage more bad behavior. 

  • Anonymous

    Good to see the ads are back up, even if it costs a little extra.

    Hopefully the theft will have a silver lining and draw a little more attention to the campaign. 

  • Anonymous

    Good to see the ads are back up, even if it costs a little extra.

    Hopefully the theft will have a silver lining and draw a little more attention to the campaign. 

  • Anonymous

    Good to see the ads are back up, even if it costs a little extra.

    Hopefully the theft will have a silver lining and draw a little more attention to the campaign. 

  • Anonymous

    Good to see the ads are back up, even if it costs a little extra.

    Hopefully the theft will have a silver lining and draw a little more attention to the campaign. 

  • Anonymous

    Good to see the ads are back up, even if it costs a little extra.

    Hopefully the theft will have a silver lining and draw a little more attention to the campaign. 

  • Anonymous

    Good to see the ads are back up, even if it costs a little extra.

    Hopefully the theft will have a silver lining and draw a little more attention to the campaign. 

  • Luce

    Don’t you love the irony – someone religious (apparently a euphemism for “good person”) engages in criminal activity to silence a message they don’t like. Not that its by any means the first time such an incident has occurred, just that every such incident should have attention drawn to it :)

  • Luce

    Don’t you love the irony – someone religious (apparently a euphemism for “good person”) engages in criminal activity to silence a message they don’t like. Not that its by any means the first time such an incident has occurred, just that every such incident should have attention drawn to it :)

  • Anonymous

    If I were still up in the Okanagan, I’d totally jump in on something like this; alas.

  • Anonymous

    If I were still up in the Okanagan, I’d totally jump in on something like this; alas.

  • Anonymous

    If I were still up in the Okanagan, I’d totally jump in on something like this; alas.

  • Anonymous

    If I were still up in the Okanagan, I’d totally jump in on something like this; alas.

  • Anonymous

    If I were still up in the Okanagan, I’d totally jump in on something like this; alas.


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