“I don’t care if [the fine] goes to $500 a day. It’s not coming down.”
(Big League Politics) – Despite a longstanding battle with city officials and massive fines, the owners of Camping World in Statesville, N.C. are refusing to remove or downsize a massive American flag that flies on their property.
“Camping World posted a message to its Facebook page on Saturday saying the city has filed an injunction against Camping World, fining the company $50 per day going back to Oct. 15, 2018. That totals nearly $11,000,” according to WSOC-TV.
The company’s Facebook post had a message to city officials, too.
“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!” it said.
A petition is circulating on Change.Org to allow the company to fly 40 by 80 foot flag, which stands outside its Gander RV location and can be seen readily from I-77. The petition has more than 105,000 signatures.
The city filed a lawsuit against the company telling them that any flag 100 feet from a highway can be no larger than 25 by 40 feet. The company’s CEO does not care about the regulation – or the fines.
“I don’t care if [the fine] goes to $500 a day. It’s not coming down,” Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and Gander RV reportedly said.
WSOC reported that the issue is “personal” to Lemonis.
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,” he reportedly said. “My family is largely immigrants of the country.”