Charlotte mall boots kiosk that sold anti-Obama gear

CONCORD — Talks between the operator of a politically conservative kiosk and the management of Concord Mills went nowhere Tuesday.

The kiosk operator, Loren Spivack, and his merchandise will have to be gone at the end of business on Friday.

Spivack says the mall managers offered him a deal: If he removed three bumper stickers and a T-shirt that all made negative political statements about President Obama, he could renew his lease that is due to expire Friday. Spivack refused the offer, calling it a matter of principle.

“This was a very difficult decision for me,” Spivack said. “We are here supporting freedom of speech.”

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