Patriotic Business Owner Doubles Down, Would Rather Go to Jail Than Remove Massive American Flag
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Patriotic Business Owner Doubles Down, Would Rather Go to Jail Than Remove Massive American Flag


 Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis said his colors will not run, even if it means jail time  Although Lemonis is facing a $50-per-day fine unless he downsizes the flag at his Gander RV location in Statesville, North Carolina, he has no plans to comply  The problem developed when Leonis’s over-sized patriotism collided with local codes His Gander RV store in Statesville flies a 40-by-80-foot flag, which as reported by WCNC violates the local ordinance requiring flags in a highway zone be no bigger than 25-by-40 feet Advertisement – story continues below  Statesville told Lemonis to comply or else, and he has chosen to ignore the fine levied against him  On Monday during an interview with Martha MacCallum on the Fox News show “The Story,” he said he will proudly continue to violate a rule he believes is wrong  “When veterans show up at the stores for the flag raisings, and when they come on Saturdays and do their veteran rides, and they weep at the bottom of the flagpole, that’s the conviction that I need to say it’s just not going to come down  I would rather go to jail,” he said, according to Fox News.  MacCallum asked about paying the ultimate price for patriotic disobedience — jail Advertisement – story continues below  “The city of Statesville filed a lawsuit about two months ago,” he said  “If I don’t take it down I will be in violation of the court order. Ultimately, their reaction is from the city that I will go to jail ”  There’s a chance it might not get that far. Is the Statesville city council failing to see the big picture here? 100% (13 Votes) 0% (0 Votes)  Mayor Costi Kutteh said the issue could be resolved when the city council next meets on July 15, the Associated Press reported  “Some terrible things have been said about our wonderful town, and it hasn’t come from our citizens,” Kutteh said “But people from all over the country have jumped on this issue and called us names I can’t repeat ” Advertisement – story continues below    Lemonis said the issue runs deeper than what he has termed “a bunch of bureaucrats in a small town in North Carolina who decided that the size they deem appropriate is going to be in the ordinance ” Advertisement – story continues below  He noted that he operates 180 stores that fly Old Glory and most flags are the size of the one causing angst in North Carolina  “The ordinance doesn’t matter to me,” he said.”If you look at the North Carolina statute, it says as long as it’s not impairing someone’s health and well-being it’s not a big deal ”  “They made the claim it could cause an accident on the freeway because it was too distracting — it was too beautiful,” he said  On that point, the man who emigrated to the U.S. from Lebanon and is famous for his CNBC show “The Profit” somewhat agrees, explaining his affection for America’s symbol Advertisement – story continues below  Lemonis said that as a child, he grew up with mammoth flags at the family’s south Florida car dealership  “The flag was a very big symbol,” he said.  And now, “if there is a way to put up a bigger pole, a bigger flag, we will do it,” Lemonis said

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