Marcus Lemonis is prepared to go to jail over a US flag that his company flies over one of his shops.
"We've been flying this flag for a long time," Lemonis said. "As I told the city … it doesn't come under any circumstances."
Lemonis is the boss of Gander RV. He has flown a large flag – 40 feet by 80 feet, or 3200 square feet, the size of a fairly large house – over a store in Statesville, N.C.
But the city's officials say the flag is too big. They filed a lawsuit on May 7 against Holiday Kamper Co. – who is the parent company of the store formerly known as Camping World. If Lemonis does not act within 30 days, he may be imprisoned.
Statesville City Attorney Leah Messick said in the filing that the company was seeking permission to fly a 40 foot by 25 foot flags, but instead raised it larger. "In June 201
Lemonis, however, told Fox News that he did not bid.
"I would never want to break the law or be disdained by any court of any kind, but in this situation I understand that if I do not comply with this order I could and would be arrested and sent to prison until the flag came down, said.
"I usually do not normally have violated ordinances and things of that kind, but we have 14,000 employees and millions of customers, and I have a fiduciary responsibility to follow their edict as well," added Lemonis.
Lemonis said his company flies the same size flag in 180 cities and it has not been a problem. "We know that before the flagpole goes up and before the flag goes up, we will make sure people are safe. We don't care about the FAA when it comes to air traffic rules," he said.
Brouhaha started last October when the city notified the company that it would be fined $ 50 each day until the flag came down. Lemonis, which owns 36 million shares in Camping World, says he is willing to pay the legal fines if asked by the board and the company. "In this case, I think the board and the company want to pay their bowels themselves because they think this is an attitude to our company, not just a market position," he said.
A change. The Org petition has appeared with the title "La Camping World & Gander Outdoors Fly The American Flag!"
"The City of Statesville has filed a lawsuit seeking an order to claim Gander RV in Statesville, NC to take down their US flag. They impose a $ 50 / day retroactive fine until 10/15/18
The petition was looking for 30,000 signatures. They now have 213,787.
"Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their US flags. We won't do it! Stand with us. This is about more than just the flag. This is about our veterans, military and men and women who have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason why we are flying the flag and they are the reason why we will not take it down! "