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North Augusta barring tax service's wavers

Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 3:24 PM
Last updated 8:24 PM
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NORTH AUGUSTA — An animated performance by someone costumed as the Statue of Liberty will no longer be allowed on the streets of North Augusta.



The Department of Public Safety has asked Liberty Tax Service to remove employees dressed as the statue from the streets immediately.

According to a statement released Friday morning by North Augusta authorities, police and others had received complaints of the live advertisements as a “distracting traffic hazard.”

After investigating the situation, officers said they determined the activity violated a city ordinance that states it is “unlawful for any person to appear on the street, sidewalk or other public ways of the city conspicuously attired with a sign of advertisement.”

Public Safety Lt. Tim Thornton said, “They have been informed of the law. If they choose to ignore our warnings and the advertising campaign continues, they will be in violation of the law and we will take the appropriate criminal action against them.”

The owner of the Liberty Tax franchise said, however, that the city ordinance is being inappropriately applied to his business.

Cuylor Leverett is the owner of the franchise office on West Martintown Road, which opened in January. Since opening, he said, he has used roadside “wavers” and marketers to advertise his business.

Of the office’s 16 employees, 12 are roadside wavers and marketers. They have been stationed from 7 a.m. to about 9 p.m. on the sidewalks in front of the plaza where the office sits and at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Martintown Road.

He said it wasn’t until Wednesday afternoon that he was notified there was a problem.

Leverett said an officer from North Augusta Public Safety came to his office and told him he was in violation of city ordinance code.

The ordinance states: “It shall be unlawful for any person to solicit business in the city by calling out through megaphones or otherwise, to persons passing or standing on the street, or to solicit or attract trade by methods commonly known as ‘ballyhooing’ or ‘pulling in’ or by the use of any mechanical appliance creating noise.”

The officer brought the ordinance to him to inform him of what it said, he said.

“That was the first time I had heard anything of an ordinance,” Leverett said..

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david jennings
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david jennings 02/10/12 - 05:37 pm
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Son, this world is rough, if

Son, this world is rough, if a man's gonna make it , he's gotta be tough. Good Luck Mr. Leverett.

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 02/10/12 - 06:11 pm
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I enjoyed sitting at that

I enjoyed sitting at that long red light GA ave/Martintowne road watching the show. NICE GOING NAPS !!! Sheeez, This politcally correct BS is RUINING this country. Make that, has ruined a lot of things in this country. I hope they continue and see just how far Mayor Jones wants to take it! Hopefully Kelly Zier (city attorney) will tell the naysayers to mind their own business.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 02/10/12 - 06:16 pm
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North Augusta, really? I

North Augusta, really? I mean really?? You guys are getting a "little big for your britches" as my Grandma used to say.

my.voice
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my.voice 02/10/12 - 06:58 pm
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What a friggin joke. Why

What a friggin joke. Why don't you guys solve those crimes going on here rather than picking on a teenager making a living! I enjoyed watching these young folk knowing I'd never have such nerve. seems the only law enforcement in NA is traffic tickets and now advertizing control.

Gestapo tactics!

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 02/10/12 - 07:10 pm
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Gestapo for sure, N. Augusta

Gestapo for sure, N. Augusta has become more and more of a "nanny state". It used to be a great place to live.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 02/10/12 - 09:41 pm
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Nanny state killjoys!! Let

Nanny state killjoys!! Let them do their entertaining dance

nnaugusta
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nnaugusta 02/12/12 - 01:11 am
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Makes me wonder if the

Makes me wonder if the "distracted drivers" were owner(s) of a competing tax return business. I guess that mattress store sign barkers and the newspaper corner barkers are the next to be targeted by the NA Swat Team.... I feel for the school cheerleaders this spring with the car wash signs.....I can see the headlines now. Cheerleaders arrested in North Augusta for CHEERING. Now we know why S&S cafeteria may have closed up, Jingles the clown and the Sponge Bob Mascot didn't want to be arrested.

raul
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raul 02/11/12 - 04:16 am
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BOO! HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!NAPS.

BOO! HISSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!NAPS.

cozzster
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cozzster 02/11/12 - 04:21 am
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Lol, probably for the better.
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Lol, probably for the better. Residents of GA already can't drive, no need adding distractions to the mix.

oldenoughtoknowbetter
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oldenoughtoknowbetter 02/11/12 - 10:18 am
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Mr & Mrs Goodytwoshoes need
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Mr & Mrs Goodytwoshoes need to find something else to complain about. Mr Leverett needs to stand his ground.

madgerman
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madgerman 02/11/12 - 11:18 am
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Para 4 says the ordinance is
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Para 4 says the ordinance is for anyone in a costume, the last para says the ordinance is for mechanical noise devices. Which is it?

allhans
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allhans 02/11/12 - 03:37 pm
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Richmond County could take

Richmond County could take note and do something about the tackiness created by the same tax service on Wrightsboro Rd near the Jackson Rd intersection. Unreal!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/11/12 - 08:04 pm
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Come here to Cobb and
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Come here to Cobb and Cherokee counties. "wavers" from pizza to health spas are everywhere.

whiteflighttocc1
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whiteflighttocc1 02/11/12 - 10:46 pm
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nobody has said anything
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nobody has said anything about the we buy gold folks with the spinner signs. they are more distracting. that is a huge part of their business though. without those guys they wouldn't be bringing customer in. there is one in Aiken, Augusta, and Martinez and Evans. why aren't they forced to stop. north Augusta is ridiculous.

alumna
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alumna 02/12/12 - 12:13 am
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Passed by this intersection

Passed by this intersection with my two young children and the "dancing" Statue of Liberty made me blush and turn the car in the opposite direction soas to avoid having to explain the vulgarity to my children.

raul
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raul 02/12/12 - 01:43 pm
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@alumna. Could you explain

@alumna. Could you explain further just what the dancing Statue of Liberty was doing that was vulgar?

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