Business owner living on the roof as protest

Posted by Trina Edwards - email

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - A Fairfield business owner is camping out on his roof to prove a point.

Al Smith, owner of Dalton Carpets, moved up there Sunday to protest the government bailout.

Smith had to close three of his stores and lay off 30 people. When he tried to get a loan to keep his two remaining stores open, he couldn't get one.

Smith says the nation's banks received bail out money and they are not using the money to help out small business owners like himself, so he's staying up there.

"As long as it takes. I've got my tent up here, I've got all my gear. This is my new home, right up on this roof," said Smith.

Smith says he'll continue to protest until something is done to help small businesses.

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