Kitsap Fairgrounds had a basket stolen about a month ago, and Yardbird replaced it with a nicely painted tonepole until it can be replaced. Within a week it was tagged.
The disappointing thing to me was that it was done by a well known player in this area that is in no way a noob, and in every way should have known better. I think it was thought of as only a "temporary" tone pole,so who cares? The problem as most of us know is that it PROMOTES basket tagging. There were no instructions under the tag stating "don't do this on a real basket".
I had some hand sanitizer in my bag and tried to get it off as best as I could, but even one guy in our doubles group tried to stop me, saying it was no big deal it was tagged. I just told him he really couldn't stop me, lol.
From day one i've always seen this as an incredibly stupid practice.