(Plain Press, March 2016) Liberty Tax owner Rachael Ruffing said the City of Cleveland Building and Housing Department has issued three tickets to her business for flying American flags outside the business on the Northeast Corner of W. 65th and Detroit Avenue. She said to wave the fines for the tickets would cost $500 for each ticket. She said she has received two tickets in the mail so far and Prosecutor Tony Scott told her a third ticket has also been issued.
The ordinance under which the fines were issued, City Ordinance 350.04, requires a permit for businesses to display a temporary sign. The three United States of America flags are mounted in buckets are on the W. 65th Street side of the business. They are between a utility pole and a tree and do not block an area of the sidewalk where pedestrians walk. There is no parking on the street where the flags are posted so the flags do not block people from entering of exiting a car.
Ruffing went to Housing Court to fight the fines on February 23. She said she pleaded not guilty and has a pretrial hearing set for mid March.