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Kicked out of the Johnson City Mall by Political Correctness

by Lewis Loflin

Dan Fuchs was operating a kiosk at the Johnson City Mall selling items such as T-shirts and bumper stickers. The Obamanite useful idiots complained slogans such as "SOS: Stop Obama's Socialism," "Nobama," and "Chicago got the party, but the country got the hangover" were offensive according to Mall officials. His company the Graphic Edge got kicked out by Mall officials after they suggested he sell pro-Obama merchandise.

According to the Johnson City Press (September 25, 2009): Now it appears Fuchs is out of business at the mall, but mall officials say this decision was not based upon political views...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....

Marsha Hammond, the mall's marketing director, has a different take...Aldridge and Melinda Davis, the mall's 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."

Some critics of Fuchs claim this was staged for publicity, I don't buy it. The Mall claims this is private property and they can do what they want. Below is a message from Mr. Fuchs and I encourage everyone to support him by buying his products. The fact is the liberal fascists are rattled at the level of opposition to their agenda and this again proves their claims of tolerance and free speech are just lies. Contact the Johnson City Mall and let your view be known or better yet just boycott it.

Posted by (Graphic Edge) September 25, 2009:

Personally I feel like I was unfairly terminated from the Mall at Johnson City. 10 minutes after I was told to "balance out" and display a fair amount of "Pro Obama" items, evenly balancing out the Anti-Obama items, I was also told my lease was safe until it expired, I was then handed my termination papers.

I have asked the general public for ideas and suggestions on what else to display, but yet all I have received was ________________ (BLANK). Not a single suggestion from those who opposed my displays.

I welcome all comments. Please send me an email ( and comment on your views and opinions on this subject matter. I also welcome you to freely contact me by phone at 423-773-4746. All merchandise and others will be available online at within 2 or 3 days from the airing of this news broadcast.

'Nobama' salesman sues Mall at Johnson City over eviction

November 10th, 2009 The Johnson City Press is reporting Dan Fuchs has filed a complaint against the Mall at Johnson City and Glimcher Realty Trust, the Ohio-based company which owns the mall, and is seeking damages for lost profits and emotional stress he says was caused when the mall terminated its lease with him. An amended complaint was filed Thursday afternoon in Chancery Court.

Fuchs was the owner of the Graphic Edge kiosk in the mall, a business that printed pictures and slogans on items such as cups, bumper stickers and shirts. On display at the kiosk were items critical of President Barack Obama and members of Congress. Items for sale contained slogans such as "I'll keep my guns, freedom and money ... you can keep the 'change,'" "That Obama sticker on your car might as well say, 'Yes, I'm stupid,'" and "Go Green, Recycle Congress."

As of 2015 nothing has come of this law suit.

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