'The Profit' says the big flag stays even if he goes to jail

Kaylah Jackson
May 21, 2019 - 1:01 pm

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updated on Wednesday, May 28, 2019

The man known as television's "The Profit" says he'll go to jail before he removes a huge American flag flying at a recreational vehicle store that his company owns.

Businessman and reality television star Marcus Lemonis says he'll visit Gander RV in Statesville, N.C. on Thursday.

In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, Lemonis said the flag stays even if he's jailed for contempt of court.

The city of Statesville limits the size of flags in Gander RV's location to 25 feet by 40 feet. The city says Gander RV's flag is 40 feet by 80 feet. The city is fining and ordering the store to remove its oversized American flag because it violates city ordinances.

The store stands within 100 feet of a major highway

According to developer codes on Statesville's website, “heights of flagpoles can be a maximum of 130 feet and the maximum size of the flag cannot exceed 25 feet by 40 feet,” depending on the location of the property.

In a company Facebook post, Camping World said, "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!”

In June of last year, Gander RV filed an application with the city’s planning department to display a 40 by 25-feet flag on its property but after the permit was approved, the city found the flag that was raised was in fact 40 by 80 feet. 

The city says it's made several attempts to have the store replace the current flag with one that is within size restrictions. The store now faces injunction and a 50-dollar-per-day retroactive fine until it is removed.

Marcus Lemonis, CEO and chairman of Camping World and Gander RV told WSOC, “I don’t care if it goes to $500 a day. It's not coming down.” 

Camping World is currently promoting a petition for the public to sign in favor of keeping the flag raised.

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