On Monday in Jacksonville, FL, city inspector Melinda Power decided to enter the Jaguar Power Sports dealership to demand they remove their display of military flags outside their store.
According to a store employee Power told a military veteran he “did nothing for this country.”
The incident happened on April 16, around noon. She announced to the store that the flags being flown outside the business were in direct violation of city code, WJXT reported.
So what was so offensive to this government worker?
The flags were displaying each branch of the U.S. military, two American flags and a Jacksonville Jaguars flag, WXIN reported.
Store manager Marcy Moyer told WJXT, “We cater to our men and women, both retired and active military, so it was personal. We felt like it was a personal attack.”
Since the incident the mayor of Jacksonville has responded to the issue, declaring the flags may stay up on the store’s roof.
City employee Power had issued a written warning for the “illegal display of flags”. While doing this, she was confronted by a customer in the shop, whom happened to be a military veteran. He told her it was wrong to force a business to remove the flags.
“She says, ‘What did you do for this country?’” employee Katie Klasse said about the encounter. “He says, ‘I took three bullets to the leg. I almost lost my leg for this country. I’m retired. I’m a veteran.’”
“She gets in his face this close and says, ‘You did nothing for this country,'” Klasse said.
You can see in security footage Power is aggressive with the man, shoving her finger in his face just before storming out of the store.
Jaguar Power Sports dealership didn’t take this offense lying down and immediately took this issue to social media. Sean recorded a Facebook video of what happened, asking viewers to share the story far and wide and to contact the mayor of Jacksonville. Clearly it got the mayor’s attention.
“We just had the city of Jacksonville here, on site, to cite us for our military flags. That’s right. We just got a ticket in the city of Jacksonville – military-bound city – for flying military flags. They cited us for every flag… a lady by the name of Melinda Power that works for the city of Jacksonville regulatory compliance department said to one of our customers in store… he was questioning her on it because he was shot three times at war… she says to him ‘you’ve done nothing for our country,’” Sean explained.
“With all the other crap going on around town, they’re citing us, the business owner, for flying military flags in a military town. Are you serious right now?” he stated.