If you live in Chicago or the suburbs, you have probably seen a waving and sometimes dancing person in the road dressed as the Statue of Liberty. The enthusiastic wavers work for Liberty Tax Services--and two village trustees in north suburban Fox River Grove want them gone.
Fox River Grove trustees Cindy Cramer and Gerald Menzel say the costumed wavers are a nuisance and possible safety hazard, the Daily Herald reports.
"It doesn't make sense to have anyone out there this time of night distracting drivers," Menzel told the Herald.
Other trustees did not see the problem:
Trustees James Tuman and Michael Ireland defended the ad, viewing it as a vehicle to draw more shoppers to adjacent retailers. Ireland also wants to make sure the town supports small businesses.
"They're just waving," Ireland said. "I don't see it as a big issue."
There are 3,200 Liberty Tax Service offices in the U.S. and Canada, and Charlie Nason, who owns the Fox River Grove store, told the Daily Herald that the "animated advertising" brings in 70 percent of their customers.
Nason said north suburban McHenry was the only town that had a problem with Lady Liberty--and Fox River Grove Police Chief Ron Lukasik said no accidents have occurred due to Liberty's promoters.
Chicagoist writer Prescott Carlson wonders if voluntary public waving and dancing could become problematic if someone is paid to do it. Maybe just in Fox River Grove.