The man who was at odds with the city of Cartersville over his sign flipping business for some time has gained national, and even international, attention for his tossing and twirling abilities.
Cartersville native Julian Falkenstein started his business about four years ago, advertising for other businesses in Cartersville by flipping their signs on sidewalks or busy roadsides. Two years in, citizens' concerns for safety prompted officials to take a look at ordinances governing The Sign Flipper's main activity, The Daily Tribune News reported.
Although Falkenstein addressed city leaders several times, the council, by a 5-to-1 vote, finally decided last year that the twirling or rotating of signs would not be allowed on public property. While signs may be flipped on private property, they must be held, worn or balanced on public property, according to minutes from public meetings.
Falkenstein's sign flipping shows in Cartersville apparently ended sometime in 2011, but have proved a big hit with a viral YouTube video that's had more than 5 million views. He appeared on 'Ellen' to talk about it, laughingly blaming "ADHD" for his inability to simply hold a sign.
"After doing the Ellen Show last week with Marquis Scott the Sign Flipper is on to Germany for national TV appearance and to train a group of German Sign Flippers," Falkenstein said on his The Sign Flipper Facebook page.
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