Jacksonville mayor helps resolve veteran's viral flag dispute

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

I nearly lost my life for this country. "We should not get cited or ticketed for flying flags representing our country". "I have reached out to the business owner and will review employee procedures. What I saw reported is 100 percent inconsistent with how I expect every city employee to interact with our citizens". Once a review of the actions in this matter is complete, appropriate corrective action will be enforced for any wrongdoing. "I'm retired. I'm a veteran.' She gets in his face this close and says, 'You did nothing for this country", said store employee Katie Klasse.

"We support our military and veterans", he wrote, "and we appreciate the businesses who honor their service".

Power went into the store Monday and issued a written warning citation because she said military flags flying on the roof were in violation of city code.

The store manager for Jaguar Power Sports, a motorcycle dealership at 4680 Blanding Blvd., posted a rant to social media Monday afternoon. "My team is working with the city's Office of General Counsel to bring clarity to the relevant city laws".

He said she told the vet "you did nothing for our country".

Power posted a statement to Facebook, and later deleted it, after the incident, saying she "sincerely apologized".

She said after that, tempers flared, and she admitted: "I should never have been unprofessional and disrespectful period". Witnesses said Power questioned what the customer had done for his country.

"The way she handled the situation was bad", Moyer said.

On Tuesday, the mayor announced that Power and her supervisor have been placed on administrative leave.

The store managers ripped up the citation and will keep the flags flying without worrying about fines or citations from the city, according to WJXT. Of 50 calls taken in the first hour of business, most wanted the employee fired.

After the incident came to light, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry wrote on Twitter that the flags should be allowed to remain flying.

City officials are now investigating the allegations against inspector Melinda Power, and they say they will be reviewing that video. There is also a flag representing the Jacksonville Jaguars, the city's National Football League team.

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