CHUNCHULA, Alabama — Derrick Belcher says that he’s tired of government regulations, federal debt and taxes, and he thinks that Alabama would do better on its own.
But according to a report from AL.com, Belcher has a reason for being behind the online petition to have his state seceed from the Union. The truck driver says that the government is behind the loss of his successful former Mobile, Alabama, business – a topless car wash.
Belcher, 45, who describes himself as an “absolute Libertarian,” says that he was arrested and charged with obscenity by city officials in 2001 and forced to close his “Euro Details” carwash, which featured car washes given by topless women.
“The government ripped my business away, and now they’re choking America to death with rules and regulations,” he told Al.com.
Belcher’s online petition, which has over 18,000 signatures, is among petitions from 30 states on the White House web site asking for withdrawal from the United States.
A petition that has over 25,000 signatures will receive an official response from the White House. Belcher says that he is happy with his petition’s response so far, saying it got a jump start at an area gun and knife show last weekend.
“Everybody got behind it. It’s done way better than I expected,” he said.