Tommy Daras says he sells his Edisto River Creamery because he has not been able to remove the rebel banner flown by the son of Confederate Veterans on a small piece of property in front of his business.
Tommy Daras says he sells his Edisto River Creamery in Orangeburg because he has not been able to remove the rebel banner flown by the son of Confederate veterans on a small piece of property in front of his business.
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"I can't beat them," Daras told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg. "They destroyed the security of the place and the enjoyment of the property. They killed me on the internet."
The sons of Confederate veterans were given a 1
30-square-foot building by the former owner of the building and continued to fly the flag of a Confederate monument.
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Daras first attempted to remove the flag itself, but the son group said it would have arrested him for violation. He then argued to Orangeburg's officials that the flutter violated zoning schemes because it was a historic display of commercial property deployments.
But the city ruled the flags was a form of freedom of speech protected under the US Constitution.
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Daras finally said nine out of every 10 customers could ask for flags. Members of the son of Confederate veterans marched around the flag in his parking lot every Saturday. His business received false or negative reviews both from people supporting the flag and from people who became angry at it.
"I'm done," Daras said. "I can't live there anymore with all the situations that happen there. I can't get anything going."
Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 842 Keeper of Flag Buzz Braxton did not speak with the newspaper of the property
. The restaurant is already closed for a month.
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Daras said his restaurant had five-star reviews after opening, but then negative reviews started coming in from so far away from Texas.
"I'm sorry to come into an argument over the flag, but they gave me no choice," Daras said.