Maybe television’s “The Profit” won’t have to make business deals behind bars after all.
The Associated Press reported that Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s so-named reality television show, had said Wednesday (May 29) that he would go to jail before he’d remove an enormous flag that flies at a recreational vehicle store in violation of the Statesville, N.C.’s size ordinance. But later in the day, the city said in a news release that its leaders will consider a change that would allow the flag displayed at Gander RV along Interstate 77 to continue flying.
Mayor Costi Kutteh said the matter should be resolved at the council’s meeting on July 15.
But that’s not enough for Lemonis, who’s the chief executive officer of Camping World, which owns Gander RV. He wants no restrictions on the size of an American flag, provided neither it nor its pole poses a safety hazard for people or air travel.
“I don’t think there should be any ordinance of any kind regulating the size of the American flag” unless it poses a hazard, he said.
The flag in question, which measures 40 feet by 80 feet (12 meters by 24 meters) on a 130-foot (40-meter) flagpole, is in Statesville. The city had sued the company because city code limits flags to 25 feet by 40 feet (7.6 meters by 12 meters).
Before the city’s change of heart, 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.”
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