Marcus Lemonis, CEO of Camping World and the Good Sam Club, says the giant American flag outside a Gander RV store in North Carolina isn’t going anywhere despite calls for its removal. The Statesville City Council voted June 17 to not make any changes to its flag ordinance, which says flags cannot be larger than 25 feet by 40 feet. The Gander flag is about twice that size. Gander RV is owned by Camping World.
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The city has been fining the business $50 a day every day the flag is flown. The charges have been accumulating since last October, when the city told Camping World that it would be fined until the flag was replaced for a smaller one.
Lemonis had said that he understands that Gander RV isn’t complying with the city’s ordinance — but he said the flag would stay even if he’s jailed for contempt of court.
“I would prefer not to (go to jail),” he said. “It’s not a super-favorable outcome. But that’s how big a line in the sand this is for me.”
Some residents have applauded Lemonis’ stance while others see it as a publicity stunt.
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