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Crimson Wraith
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CEO won't remove massive American flag despite city's lawsuit and fines
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Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis is in a battle against city leaders over the huge American flag that flies high above his Gander RV business in Statesville, North Carolina, along Interstate 77.

Lemonis, who's best known for his CNBC television show, "The Profit," has refused to remove the 40-by-80 foot flag that the city said is too large and violates a city ordinance.

"There is no way that flag is coming down," Lemonis tweeted Saturday.

The city recently filed a lawsuit seeking to force the company to take down the flag. It has also imposed a $50-a-day fine.

The city ordinance in question states that a flag within 100 feet of a highway can't be larger than 25-by-40 feet. A measure to amend the ordinance failed in October, WSOC-TV reported.

The fine, which is retroactive to Oct. 15, would be nearly $11,000 if paid today.

But the self-made millionaire isn't concerned about the lawsuit or fines his company now faces. "I don't care if it goes to $500 a day. It's not coming down," Lemonis told WSOC.

The issue is personal to the Lebanese-born American entrepreneur.

"My family has been car dealers, had been car dealers since the 1960s, and our key trademark was always flying our flag in our dealership in south Florida," Lemonis told the news outlet. "My family is largely immigrants of the country."

Over the weekend, Lemonis launched a petition on change.org that has garnered more than 87,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning. "Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON'T DO IT! Stand with us," the petition says.

"This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!"

The company hopes that the petition will give city leaders some insight into the public's view on the issue.

"I think it would be a good way for elected leaders to see how people actually feel," Lemonis told WJZY-TV.

"The property that's there belongs to us, we pay taxes and the size of the flag isn't hurting anybody," Lemonis said.



BestBanker
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re: CEO won't remove massive American flag despite city's lawsuit and fines
Is this the same camping biz ceo that is the Trump hater?


DavidTheGnome
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re: CEO won't remove massive American flag despite city's lawsuit and fines
Fly it. The city can frick itself
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fjlee90
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Is this the same camping biz ceo that is the Trump hater?


Indeed. Gotta drum up some business after trying to torpedo sales last year.


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Thought it was. Thanks.


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Janky
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Indeed. Gotta drum up some business after trying to torpedo sales last year.


Yep. frick that guy.


Meauxjeaux
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Yep. frick that guy


This.

Never forget.


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Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON'T DO IT! Stand with us," the petition says. "This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!"


This is self-promoting grandstanding masquerading as patriotism. He’s trying to make it seem like he’s standing up for America against a bunch of commie freedom haters (doing it for the troops!) but it’s really just the size of the flag that is the issue. Take it up with the city council if it’s that important to you, but quit trying to act like this is some epic stand for American values.


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idlewatcher
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This.

Never forget.


I agree about frick this guy, but what he is doing is very patriotic so hats off to him for this.


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The city ordinance in question states that a flag within 100 feet of a highway can't be larger than 25-by-40 feet.


He needs to be productive and work to get the city ordinance changed.


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He needs to be productive and work to get the city ordinance changed.


Or follow the rules.


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"My family has been car dealers, had been car dealers since the 1960s, and our key trademark was always flying our flag in our dealership in south Florida," Lemonis told the news outlet. "My family is largely immigrants of the country."



quote:

"This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!"


quote:

The city ordinance in question states that a flag within 100 feet of a highway can't be larger than 25-by-40 feet.


For a CEO he seems to be lacking basic comprehension skills.


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superwolf
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Yes. He is probably trying to make up for his anti-Trump stuff the last year or so. He has also increased his presence in NASCAR & auto racing.


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The law’s the law. The poser needs to follow it.


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FightinTigersDammit
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He needs to be productive and work to get the city ordinance changed.


frick a city that would pass such an ordinance anyway.


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I agree about frick this guy, but what he is doing is very patriotic so hats off to him for this.



It’s not patriotic. It’s damage control.


SlapahoeTribe
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The city ordinance in question states that a flag within 100 feet of a highway can't be larger than 25-by-40 feet.
I thought Congress had passed a law exempting the US Flag from any state, municipal, local, or HoA regulations?


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TbirdSpur2010
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frick a city that would pass such an ordinance anyway.


Yeah it sounds like a stupid ordinance.


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re: CEO won't remove massive American flag despite city's lawsuit and fines
Isaiah 6:9


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