Greensboro billboard pokes fun at Patrick Cannon

Greensboro billboard pokes fun at Patrick Cannon

Greensboro billboard pokes fun at Patrick Cannon

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by BERNADETTE JAY / WCNC.com

WCNC.com

Posted on March 30, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 30 at 8:49 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro billboard is making fun of the recent corruption scandal in Charlotte involving former Mayor Patrick Cannon.

The digital billboard is prominently displayed on Battleground Avenue. It shows a smiling Cannon with stretched arms, waist deep in money. Behind him and the money is the Charlotte skyline.  At his side two rotating phrases -- "All this can be yours for the right price," and "Charlotte mayor says show me the money."

But who paid for this billboard?

This simple answer is no one. The billboard is owned by a real-estate company, Kotis Properties.

"We get something, and we'll do a funny board on it" said Marty Kotis, President of Kotis Properties. "It varies from what's hot and what people are talking about," he said in a phone interview with NBC Charlotte.

Marty tells NBC Charlotte they include 'pop culture' ads on their billboards to keep heads turning.  According to Marty, passing drivers won't pay attention to the digital billboard if it's jammed packed with advertisements.

"We haven't really received any calls about it. For every six or 12 ads, there's a funny one" Marty continued.

Around Charlotte, the arrest of Former Mayor Cannon isn't widely described as funny. His arrest last week comes after an undercover investigation that began in August of 2010. Authorities allege Cannon solicited and accepted cash from undercover FBI agents posing as real estate developers and investors who wanted to do business in Charlotte.

"People feel it's humorous. We've not said he's guilty," Marty said.

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