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    Mall Evicts Man for Nobama Shirts

    Dan Fuchs said business was just starting to pick up at his kiosk in the Mall at Johnson City.

    Fuchs business, the Graphic Edge, printed slogans and pictures on items such as coffee cups, bumper stickers and T-shirts. He said more than half of his business came from the sale of anti-Obama merchandise. Bumper stickers with slogans such as SOS: Stop Obamas Socialism, Nobama, and Chicago got the party, but the country got the hangover were displayed around the small stand.

    Now it appears Fuchs is out of business at the mall, but mall officials say this decision was not based upon political views.

    Friday afternoon, Fuchs was handed a lease termination notice by mall officials and signed by Mall General Manager Tembra Aldridge. The letter states that the option to terminate the lease agreement is effective 11:59 p.m. today and that he must vacate the mall premises and remove his property before then.

    Fuchs said he was given no reason for this termination and was shocked and upset. Thursday evening, Fuchs said mall officials met with him and told him to take down the anti-Obama items on display by closing time or face immediate eviction.

    I was upset about it, of course, he said Friday prior to receiving the notice. Thats my livelihood.

    Fuchs had been in business at the mall for around two months and hadnt initially set out to create anti-Obama items. One day, he said a customer asked for an anti-Obama shirt to be printed. A few days later, he said another customer asked for another similar item.

    The some of these items were put on display and most were completed upon customer request, Fuchs said. He said that around 60 percent of items being sold out of the kiosk was anti-Obama merchandise.

    By Friday morning, Fuchs said these items had been take down.

    Marsha Hammond, the malls marketing director, has a different take on that meeting. She said that Aldridge and Melinda Davis, the malls specialty leasing representative, suggested that Fuchs also display items in support of Obama. The mall had received several complaints from customers regarding the anti-Obama items, she said. Hammond also said that it was Fuchs decision to remove the items completely from display.

    That is not true, Fuchs said. I was given no choice. I was given, (Thursday) night at about 4:30, the option of taking it down or get out, receive an eviction at closing time.
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    So much for free speech!

    People in this country think that only the government can violate the first amendment that is not true. If people seen pro obama slogans in his shop they would not buy the anti-obama merchandise.

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