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North Carolina Camping World facing fines for hanging giant American flag

A Camping World in North Carolina is fighting back after facing fines for flying a large American flag.
Camping World in Statesville, NC is asked to take down their giant American Flag. (Camping World FB post)

STATESVILLE, N.C. (WTHR) — A Camping World in North Carolina is fighting back after facing fines for flying a large American flag.

City ordinance states that a flag within 100 feet of the highway cannot be larger than 25 by 40 feet, according to WSOC. This particular flag is 40 by 80 feet.

Camping World posted a message on its Facebook saying the city has filed an injunction to require Gander RV to take down their flag.

According to the post, the city is imposing a $50 a day fine for the flag going back to Oct. 15, 2018. That totals nearly $11,000.

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

"WE WON'T DO IT! Stand with us," the post reads. "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!"

A petition against the lawsuit has been signed by more than 87,000 people. It has a goal of 150,000 signatures.