South Carolina Business Owner Told American Flag Display Violates Ordinance

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A Lexington, SC business owner says he is being told to remove the 10 American flags he put up outside of his business to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, WISTV reports. Bob Michaelis of Michaelis Mattress Company says he was asked to remove his display because it violates a 1999 town ordinance, which states only three flags that are not duplicates of each other can be displayed in “restricted and intense development districts.” “We got 10 flags up,” Michaelis, a former Marine, told a WISTV reporter. “I thought maybe it was about time we return to the patriotism in America. There’s not enough of it. It seems to be lost.” Lexington Police Department let Michaelis know the display violated the ordinance, and told him to remove the flags. “I put them up yesterday and the city and the town of Lexington says they got to come down because there’s an ordinance in place,” Michaelis said. Even though violation of the ordinance could cost him in fines, Michaelis does not plan to take the flags down. “I think we should respect the ordinance,” Michaelis admitted to the reporter. “They’re there to protect everybody. I think that a little lenience on special holidays would be