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Sarasota man booted off 'The Apprentice' by Trump

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 5, 2005

Donald Trump finally tired of mealymouthed Sarasota entrepreneur Mark Garrison, "firing" him on Thursday's episode of The Apprentice.

Garrison, 41, played under his nickname, Markus, to avoid confusion with another Mark on the cast. He is founder of Sarasota-based Footwork Corp., a company that makes a foot care system.

After his team lost a challenge, Trump grilled Garrison in the Boardroom and never could get a straight answer, something Garrison's teammates had complained about.

"Markus, you talk too much," Trump said. "You talk in riddles. . . . You always use too many words. Just too long, too long."

An apparently bitter Garrison confronted Trump as he left. "It's been a railroad from the beginning," he said.

"I don't have time to listen to him," Trump said.

Garrison is the second Floridian fired from the show. In the September season premiere, a Tampa real estate investor identified only as Melissa was dismissed.

[Last modified November 5, 2005, 01:22:18]

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