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by Richard Mullins

Tampa, FL – All that Mehmet Kurar wants is to sell you a remote-controlled helicopter.

With military precision, he can hover a copter just over the trash can outside the Aeropostale store at Westshore Plaza mall, and fly circles around his kiosk.

Technically, however, he’s not even allowed to approach a shopper and say, “Hello. Come look at my helicopter.” Mall rules say he can’t walk more than a few feet from his kiosk. He’s not even allowed to fly his helicopters in the hallway by Maggiano’s and Starbucks where more shoppers walk by.

“Too many people there, the mall won’t let us fly there,” said Kurar, an engineering student from Turkey on his second day selling in Tampa. “If I fly, people buy. I don’t fly, I don’t sell.”

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