Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis is refusing to back-down to city officials regarding the massive American flag flying over his North Carolina store; saying he’d rather “go to jail” than take down the Stars and Stripes.
“The chief executive of a major RV retailer said he will not bend to a North Carolina’s city’s demand he reduce the size of an American flag flying on his property,” reports Fox News. “Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis dismissed the $50-per-day fine, criticism from the Statesville government and prospect of future imprisonment in an interview Monday with Martha MacCallum on ‘The Story.’
“The ordinance doesn’t matter to me,” said Lemonis. “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 added. “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.”
Original Story: Published May 24, 2019
Camping World CEO and television host Marcus Lemonis flat-out refused to take-down the giant American flag flying over his North Carolina store this week; saying the stars and stripes won’t be removed “under any circumstance.”
“We have flown this flag for a long time,” Lemonis told Fox Business. “As I told the city…it’s not coming down under any circumstance.”
“I don’t normally advocate for violating ordinances and things of that nature, but we have 14,000 employees and several millions customers and I have a fiduciary responsibility to follow their edict as well,” he added.
Even a court order won’t compel Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World, to remove the massive flag. https://t.co/WhDOXhYO1K
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“We know that before the flag pole goes up and before the flag goes up we want to ensure that people are safe,” he said. “We are not messing with the FAA in terms of air traffic rules.”
Camping World in Statesville, North Carolina is refusing to cave to the local government’s efforts to remove a giant American flag hovering above the massive RV retailer; staring down an $11,000 fine that grows by $50 each day.
“The City of Statesville, North Carolina has filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to require Gander RV in Statesville, NC to take down their American Flag. They are imposing a $50/day fine retroactive to 10/15/18. 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.
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! Sign the petition – http://chng.it/9NstTr8nCS.
#americanflag #veterans #usa #freedom,” posted the store on social media.