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She Was Told She Couldn't Say 'God Bless America' - She Had The Best Response

The owners of a family-owned restaurant in a small town in New York are racking up fines by the day. The family refuse to comply with the town's official requests for them to remove their banner. The family refuses on principle.

The 5 Mile Café in Penfield is creating a buzz, but it's not just because of their delicious breakfasts that they serve all day. The restaurant owners are in trouble because of a banner they hung above their business sign.

The banner features an American flag and the words 'God Bless America.'

“We are very patriotic here at the café – all year round –not just this time of year,” said owner Jennifer Aquino to Fox News. “We have American flags and patriotic things around the café.”

When Jennifer's request to post the banner was initially denied by the town officials, she posted it inside the restaurant. After the Orlando terrorist attack, she decided it needed to be displayed more visibly. She moved it outdoors to the front of the building.

“I decided on my way to work that I was going to put it up regardless of the town telling me I couldn’t,” she said. “So I put it up.”

Jennifer began getting messages to remove the banner, and warnings that if it wasn't removed she would be fined. The fines started pouring in, but Jennifer didn't care. She felt it was a cause she was willing to pay for.

“The [banner] means a lot to me – especially during this time in our country with all that’s going on with terrorism,” she said. “I just can’t believe that I can’t have this banner up and be supported by the town board.”

Town officials say it's not the message they have a problem with, but the fact that she's breaking the rules. “At one point we had banners all over the town and the town just looked trashy and our residents said enough’s enough,” said Tony LaFountain, town supervisor, who says Jennifer already exceed the three weeks of banner usage allowed to every business.

In a recent update on Facebook, Jennifer excitedly announced that she won the battle. After proving the town code has an 'ideological' exemption and that there are no written codes limiting banner usage, the banner can remain and Jennifer is off the hook.

Source: Fox News

Family owned business refuses to remove patriotic sign.

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