Scott Fischer, the owner of Gone Broke Gaming in Florida is challenging a city law that forbids him from showing inflatable characters outside his store. One day after being told by authorities to remove 10-foot tall Super Mario or face fines for every remaining day he has left as an open business, Friederich’s future seems uncertain. He cites a law prohibiting business owners from installing portable displays such as the giant character who once stood out front and conveyed messages about their stores’ products on behalf of Fishers gaming company.
With a large inflatable Mario outside of his store, Fischer saw an increase in the number of pedestrians. “It was like someone flipped on a switch,” he said with excitement and relief while recalling how many people stop by now to see what’s new about Nintendo games.
Fisher, the owner of Fischer’s House of Fun in Orlando, Florida filed a federal lawsuit against Orange Park after they passed an ordinance that prevented him from displaying his inflatable Mario. He argued this law violates the First Amendment to U.S Constitution by discriminating certain types speech and hurting business with less traffic coming through as people don’t get their pictures taken at store because it has been replaced with another inflatables showcase for Christmas shoppers or passers-by.
The demolition of the old building cut customer flow significantly, I was told.
The destruction of our previous location by a powerful tornado had sent numbers into decline while simultaneously increasing phone calls about where we were located before it happened.
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