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'Broom Guy' back in business at post office

Posted at 10:45 PM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 22:45:19-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Thanks to the power of the people, an unpopular decision by the U.S. Postal Service was reversed – and "Broom Guy" Jim Richter is back in business.

Richter, the famed blind broom salesman, was booted in February from Indianapolis post offices after years of selling his wares.

After his story got out, Richter received support from all over, including from House Speaker Brian Bosma and Gov. Mike Pence.

On Friday, the U.S. Postal Service reversed course, saying Richter could sell his brooms on post office property again – with a few new restrictions.

"Even though I won't be able to sell by the doors anymore and help the people as they go in and out of these buildings, I still think it's going to work out OK," Richter said.

Richter said the controversy didn't end up being bad for business, either. He sold out of brooms most days while the ban was in place.

"In spite of all the controversies that we have in life, if you just ride them out to the end, it's like riding a storm, and there's a rainbow at the end of that storm," Richter said.

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