City Employee Tells Store To Remove Military Flags, Tells Veteran He Did Nothing

A Jacksonville city inspector ordered a business to take down their U.S. military flags.

Jacksonville, FL – The mayor of Jacksonville has declared that a store may keep its U.S. military flags up after a city inspector ordered them to be removed.

On Monday, a Jacksonville city inspector entered the Jaguar Power Sports dealership, demanded that their display of military flags be removed, and told a military veteran that he “did nothing for this country,” according to store employees

City inspector Melinda Power went into the dealership at about noon on April 16 and announced that the flags the business was flying on the roof were in violation of city code, WJXT reported.

The rooftop display included a flag for each branch of the U.S. military, two American flags, and one Jacksonville Jaguars flag, WXIN reported.

“We cater to our men and women, both retired and active military, so it was personal,” store manager Marcy Moyer told WJXT. “We felt like it was a personal attack.”

While Power issued a written warning citation for illegal display of flags on a roof, a customer inside the store spoke up. He told the inspector that he felt it was wrong to force the business to remove flags that support the U.S. military.

The unnamed customer also happened to be a military veteran.

"She says, 'What did you do for this country?'” employee Katie Klasse recounted. “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.

Surveillance footage showed Power as she thrust her finger in the man’s face, just before she stalked out of the building.

Jaguar Power Sports decided they would not heed Power's warning to remove their flags, and instead posted a Facebook video about the incident on their business page.

Tripping over his own words because he was so angry, Sean told the story of how a city employee came into their business and insulted a military veteran.

“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?” the clearly frustrated man asked, and then called on viewers to share the video and contact the mayor of Jacksonville.

The video had been viewed more than 5 million times, and shared almost 250,000 times as of Tuesday morning.

Within hours of the video being posted, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry issued two tweets, and said he had “directed city staff that military flags should be treated [the] same as [the] U.S. flag.”

“Let them fly,” Curry wrote. “We support our military and veterans, and we appreciate businesses who honor their service.”

According to WJXT, Curry’s chief of staff, Brian Hughes, said that the mayor’s office was “disturbed by some of the claims made” regarding Power, and that they were “reviewing the facts.”

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Joetnymedic
Joetnymedic

So apparently it is illegal to show your support for our military if you are in Jacksonville. That is a crock of bullshit. this is the original video that went viral regarding the incident that took place I am also going to place a link in the comments where the local media is saying that the store owner won the fight because he only received a warning. That is bullshit period warning or not that is not the issue at hand and before anybody starts telling me the city may have a flag ordinance I can give two shits less. They were showing support of the military first of all. More importantly how can a representative of a city town State the US government anyting walk into someplace and tell a military veteran who was shot in the line of duty numerous times that he did nothing for our country you have got to be kidding me. That said I don't care if the issue is over in Jacksonville I am sick and tired of seeing the military as well as Public Safety treated like pieces of shit when they do nothing but go out and try to make this world betterperiod And before anybody tells me oh they shouldn't be getting involved in this and that. I want to ask each and everyone of you if all of the soldiers all of the police officers all of the firefighters and all of the EMS workers were to leave their job right now and basically quit where would each and every one of us be? Just how safe would we be?
Rant over.
Oh and by the way on a side note thank you Steven Roberts Sr for getting my blood pressure going if I have a fucking MI it was because of you ya fuck head. Seriously though I'm actually glad I saw this video because it shows just how big of assholes some public officials can be. Some people are calling for this worker to be terminated. I do not feel she should be terminated however putting a apology on your personal Facebook page is a little moot for me how about you approach the local media covering the story and apologize on video that would be nice and it would be more appropriate.

Schiff
Schiff

Lets all send Melinda a NICE message on Social media

Cruisinlady
Cruisinlady

She should be terminated so that it sets an example for others that dare to defy our flags and our veterans. This is America and we WILL fly OUR flag and the flags of those that fought for this right.

StormCrow
StormCrow

She really needs to keep a low profile for a while because this is a military town and she just stepped on our hearts.

dnncappell
dnncappell

Even if he hadn't taken a bullet. How dare she tell him he did nothing. I think as a punishment she should have her ass shipped over there to see what they do every damn day and night. Let's see how she handles it!

AnjelikChyld
AnjelikChyld

I want to know who the unnamed veteran is so I can thank him for his service. As for the state woman, she needs to be released from her position. How dare her disrespect one of our countries protectors to that degree and boast about like there won’t be any repercussions for her behavior. Make an example out of her or this sort of behavior is going to continue

Retired AF Woman
Retired AF Woman

City Inspector Melinda Powers should be reprimanded for her lack of professionalism and reassigned to Animal Control. She obviously does not know how to interact with people of the community nor does she have any respect for the community's businesses that consciously support the community and country. Something she obviously takes for granted since she has done nothing for this country but suck it dry for all she wants from it. As a city worker did she not take an oath. Melinda Powers....YOU ARE AN EMBARRASSMENT TO ALL HARDWORKING AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN. YOU DISGUST ME!!!!

GLett60
GLett60

That woman needs to be fired for abuse of power! She's rude and disrespectful. Fire her!

BigDave58
BigDave58

FIRE that stupid bitch!

DOUGLASCAHILL001
DOUGLASCAHILL001

You cannot simply fire anyone that screws up on the job. She needs to be disciplined, yes. She must be made to understand that such behavior and action will not be accepted. Suspend her, take away vacation days, a transfer to another area of responsibility, demotion. But firing should be a last resort. IMO.

Disol
Disol

All the wars and lost lives apparently did not keep our country free enough to fly the flag of your choice on your own property. Many american veterans dies fighting only for corporate interests.

Ijakob
Ijakob

I'm sorry... I gave 20 years of my life to my country. I missed many of my kids birthdays, graduations, etc. Because I was deployed or flying. I have no regrets because my wife did an awesome job filling in and taking care of business. Now because of service connected injuries I'm 100% disabled. With that being said, if anyone said I didn't do anything for my country, I'd take my cane and beat the crap out of them, city employee or not.
Ira "Jake" Jakob USAF (Ret)
100% Disabled, Not Ready To Quit!

369freddy
369freddy

Should have given her a right hook to her left wing kisser for pointing that finger at him. At 78 I 'm tired of seeing these axxholes trying to walk over good people.

Ijakob
Ijakob

I'd love to see the video, but I can't find it...

Tee61
Tee61

How dare this woman utilize her "freedom of speech, that the brave men and women that she is bad-mouthing fought for!" Either this ignorant woman is out of her ever loving mind or she is just looking for a fight, but either way, she's more than likely gonna be looking for a new town to live in......

Danimyl
Danimyl

Glad I wasn't there. I would have slapped the ugly right off her face.

AngstFilledRetiredE7
AngstFilledRetiredE7

Nice try! The Obamabotts get deleted and replaced with Military Veterans. This includes your HR dept's. No need to keep a former Political Position in your city governments, or your corporations. Fire the LIBtards NOW!

Duder1897
Duder1897

That bitch needs to be fired and have her kids removed from her home. If she doesn't have any she should be sterilized immediately.

lordking
lordking

O- boy after everything trump has done for our vets ,,,we all know this will make it to him ,,,and I dont think he's going to be happy with her ,,I bet she will not have a job when he's done ,as for the ticket well again the courts will take care of that ,,,,

ColeJV
ColeJV

Thank you for your service Jake, but do you mean to say you have a 100% disability rating from the VA or that you are literally 100% disabled, meaning you can't do anything? Many veterans receive 100% disability and are still able to function through their daily lives. I, like you have spent many days away from my family while serving, and agree that it is no small thing to answer the Nation's call. The lady in question should know when she is speaking as a government official and when she is spouting off her own opinion.

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

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dbosse
dbosse

Give some people a "little" power and they will try to be "king" over the rest of us.

anti-lib
anti-lib

This is what happens when you give a liberal bitch a little power! God these people are so full of themselves. Fire her immediately!!

tomallison
tomallison

one would think she'd be unemployed now....

Albaby
Albaby

The inspectors head is swelled with her self importance. Fire her snd bring her back down to earth.

mlsstocks
mlsstocks

As a former Special Intelligence/Special Operations Navy man whose family has served since at least the Civil War, and who currently has my two oldest sons serving and just getting out of the Nuclear Navy, I Am BEYOND PISSED OFF!

This is yet another example of a "city/state/federal worker" (including and ESPECIALLY the politicians) who HAS LOST THEIR PLACE in the hierarchy of our Constitutional Republic.

THEY ARE "OUR EMPLOYEES," NOT the other way around.

The MIND NUMBING ignorance and WANTON misinformation and revisionist history being plied in our places of 'higher learning' is the ROOT CAUSE for both snowflakes and ignorance rising exponentially in the last 20+ years.

And the result? LOOK AT THIS PATHETIC BRAIN DEAD PLEBE opening her ignorant pie hole and getting in the face of a brother in arms!

I have the upmost respect for the owners/employees of this business that did the right thing in NOT wasting anytime getting this on social media so the vast majority of American LOVING Patriots could turn this leftist mental midget, as well as the cancerous agenda of the leftist in this country, into an "INFAMOUS" coward and example of WHAT NOT TO DO or HOW TO TREAT the brave men and women who have signed on the dotted line with their blood, to both protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Heartfelt salute to both my brother in arms, for his service and for maintaining his cool in the face of UBER IGNORANCE, and to the business owners.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

GrWolf212
GrWolf212

do you want to make a bet you can't I for one no you can I worked for several different company's here in Jersey and Maryland and Virginia and Damn well they can because I've seen it done

littlergr
littlergr

She tells him he hasn't done anything for his country? Bitch he went where we sent him and took 3 bullets. WTF has SHE done for our country? NOTHING. Get a life you POS.

GerryNance
GerryNance

What city municipal codes is the inspector relying on?

Rob v
Rob v

Pretty amazing how many folks confuse the idea that freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences besides being arrested....

No. 51-100
RicGeneral
RicGeneral

Judging by the Jags logo on the FB, this may be her

johnnyrj8
johnnyrj8

She needs to be fired!!

AmaranthRose
AmaranthRose
mlsstocks
mlsstocks said: As a former Special Intelligence/Special Operations Navy man whose family has served since at least the Civil War, and who currently has my two oldest sons serving and just getting out of the Nuclear Navy, I Am BEYOND PISSED OFF! This is yet another example of a "city/state/federal worker" (including and ESPECIALLY the politicians) who HAS LOST THEIR PLACE in the hierarchy of our Constitutional Republic. THEY ARE "OUR EMPLOYEES," NOT the other way around. The MIND NUMBING ignorance and WANTON misinformation and revisionist history being plied in our places of 'higher learning' is the ROOT CAUSE for both snowflakes and ignorance rising exponentially in the last 20+ years. And the result? LOOK AT THIS PATHETIC BRAIN DEAD PLEBE opening her ignorant pie hole and getting in the face of a brother in arms! I have the upmost respect for the owners/employees of this business that did the right thing in NOT wasting anytime getting this on social media so the vast majority of American LOVING Patriots could turn this leftist mental midget, as well as the cancerous agenda of the leftist in this country, into an "INFAMOUS" coward and example of WHAT NOT TO DO or HOW TO TREAT the brave men and women who have signed on the dotted line with their blood, to both protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Heartfelt salute to both my brother in arms, for his service and for maintaining his cool in the face of UBER IGNORANCE, and to the business owners. GOD BLESS AMERICA https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/maven-user-photos/bluelivesmatter/news/vOqV386HQUO-RWcSjwcw7Q/w6V0PQE8HU2jjQg03q4xtA

@mlsstocks: Beautifully said!...this really made me proud of both my Country, and the selfless men and women who have CONTINUED to make this a great Country, and preserved all that We, as Americans hold dear. My father served in the Army in Viet Nam, and Dominican Republic, 82nd Airborne...And I'm proud of him. This P.O.S. woman need to be fired, and then made to serve in a military hospital. I thank you for this well written post, and you and your family's service, and my continued freedom! Many Blessings.

troydawg
troydawg

Sorry, this is too obvious for this to simply be ignorance. This is malicious. Melinda Powers needs to be fired.

MadScientist42
MadScientist42

The term is "at will"- you're applying DIFFERENT state laws to Florida, which has rather completely differing laws involved. If you don't know, don't try mapping your ignorance to the other places. At-will means I can fire you for just about anything at all, including no work. It also means you can quit with few repercussions, mostly not being able to get UI paid to you except under a few rare situations.

She can be fired and you can either enlighten yourself or shut up.

MadScientist42
MadScientist42
mlsstocks
mlsstocks said: As a former Special Intelligence/Special Operations Navy man whose family has served since at least the Civil War, and who currently has my two oldest sons serving and just getting out of the Nuclear Navy, I Am BEYOND PISSED OFF! This is yet another example of a "city/state/federal worker" (including and ESPECIALLY the politicians) who HAS LOST THEIR PLACE in the hierarchy of our Constitutional Republic. THEY ARE "OUR EMPLOYEES," NOT the other way around. The MIND NUMBING ignorance and WANTON misinformation and revisionist history being plied in our places of 'higher learning' is the ROOT CAUSE for both snowflakes and ignorance rising exponentially in the last 20+ years. And the result? LOOK AT THIS PATHETIC BRAIN DEAD PLEBE opening her ignorant pie hole and getting in the face of a brother in arms! I have the upmost respect for the owners/employees of this business that did the right thing in NOT wasting anytime getting this on social media so the vast majority of American LOVING Patriots could turn this leftist mental midget, as well as the cancerous agenda of the leftist in this country, into an "INFAMOUS" coward and example of WHAT NOT TO DO or HOW TO TREAT the brave men and women who have signed on the dotted line with their blood, to both protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Heartfelt salute to both my brother in arms, for his service and for maintaining his cool in the face of UBER IGNORANCE, and to the business owners. GOD BLESS AMERICA https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/maven-user-photos/bluelivesmatter/news/vOqV386HQUO-RWcSjwcw7Q/w6V0PQE8HU2jjQg03q4xtA

Well, put indeed.

MadScientist42
MadScientist42

Heh... They're very confused on the whole concept. They're confused on a lot of the concepts conveyed in the Bill of Rights...and in some cases in the Articles themselves in the Constitution. They're convinced that all sorts of things are legit...that aren't...and believing things that are...aren't. All because some newsmedia wonk or a Progressive leaning official or bureaucrat TOLD them it was so.

MadScientist42
MadScientist42

Heh. She's a petty low-level functionary who has deluded herself she's, "The Law".

Met the type. They're all over the place and periodically need a comeuppance to put them BACK in their proper perspective and place. Here's hoping she gets what she richly deserves on this score and has this coming to her soon.

Cake26
Cake26

I really hope that horrible woman gets fired and is made to issue a public apology to the store owner and the customer.

Bill 6000
Bill 6000

She needs to be fired.

TommyG63
TommyG63

No. I do spill cleanups. We don't act like that and I don't want to work with her.