Sex of­fender sell­ing Nazi flag is booted from county fair

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

BLOOMS­BURG >> A Penn­syl­va­nia fair ven­dor, who turned out to be a reg­is­tered sex of­fender, was booted from the event af­ter visi­tors com­plained that he was sell­ing Nazi flags.

Visi­tors to the Blooms­burg Fair, which started Satur­day, posted pho­tos of the ven­dor’s flags on the fair’s Face­book page. The pho­tos showed a red-and-white flag with a black swastika draped from one side of a booth and a flag en­dors­ing Don­ald Trump and declar­ing “Make Amer­ica Great Again” on the other side.

The fair’s pres­i­dent, Paul Re­ichart, said he be­came aware of the is­sue Mon­day morn­ing. Of­fi­cials re­moved the Nazi flags for sale and ini­tially let the ven­dor, Lawrence Betsinger, con­tinue to op­er­ate.

Pa­trons later posted pho­tos of the booth show­ing that the Nazi flag had been re­placed with a Con­fed­er­ate flag.

By Mon­day af­ter­noon, of­fi­cials de­cided to shut down the booth en­tirely af­ter deem­ing other items, in­clud­ing bumper stick­ers, of­fen­sive.

“We like this to be a clean, Amer­i­can fair,” Re­ichart said. “We’re fam­ily-ori­ented and we don’t tol­er­ate these things.”

The As­so­ci­ated Press was un­able to lo­cate a phone num­ber for Betsinger, but he told Philadel­phia mag­a­zine he has sold such items for 45 years and he doesn’t see why it is a prob­lem just be­cause some peo­ple com­plained.

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