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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cclaxton
cclaxton

How you talk to people matters.

nuccten
nuccten

I'd like to see a job opening in the City of Jacksonville.

robocop95
robocop95

Fire the hag

gfc1963
gfc1963

Usual liberal BS. Hope she gets sacked.

Righton17
Righton17

Another worthless progressive gets her just deserts.

RunCop
RunCop

Liberal puke bitch!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Wow..............just wow......... How can you treat/talk to people like that ! She need to be fired.

jeffsmith
jeffsmith

i say she need's to be fired. not quit...fired

TheDude
TheDude

Fly em high and fly em proud.

SKielcheski
SKielcheski

This woman needs to be fired!!! How dear she tell someone who took bullets for this country that he did nothing!!!! Fly them HIGH and forget what she had to say!

CECEBREEZE
CECEBREEZE

Fire this woman now! We the American People DEMAND Her resignation! NO PENSION FROM TAXPAYERS DOLLARS EITHER!

mamma
mamma

This is exactly why it's so important that everyone gets out and votes in November to rid American of these uncivilized free loaders.

mamma
mamma

She is a waste of our tax dollars andthere are plenty more just like her that need to be fired as well.

wrcbz77
wrcbz77

Wow, how rude and disrespectful to talk to this vet in this way. Not a nice person, she must have a miserable life.

Melissa Daniel
Melissa Daniel

She really does need to be fired

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.

annediamondhead
annediamondhead

She is clearly unhinged and filled with hate.

Gramsgood1
Gramsgood1

Cannot say enough about how much we owe our military, both past and current. The lady should be fired. Transferring someone like her would not be a good move. She needs some humanity lessons. I'm not a violent person, but I would like to slap her face! God Bless America. We Love Our Military.

ann15466
ann15466

Who does she think she is the flag protrol she needs to lose her job she offended a lot ofpeop;le service men and their family this burns me up someone needs to kick her ass.

Jamest1148
Jamest1148

Being a vet myself, I remember the parade and celebrations that took place when our NG unit returned home from Iraq in 2005. I honestly couldn't tell you how crappy I would have felt if I was in your boots. Bless you, sir.

jtbrown
jtbrown

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, my husband is a Vietnam Navy Veteran 68-74. Also had two uncles serve in the Army and it was disturbing how you hero's were treated on your return. WELCOME HOME!

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ilbwabo
ilbwabo

I thought long and hard as to being politically correct. Fuck that! this douche bag (melinda) should be striped of whatever rank she has, Fired, and loose her pension. End of story. If you disagree (fuck you too).

Floridagirl00
Floridagirl00

Remove her from Office..then remove her from this country...

jtbrown
jtbrown

Ms. Powers needs to be FIRED and removed from the military City. I will happily come down and help pack her ass out, my husband was stationed in Jacksonville Navy Base during Vietnam and the stories of the hero's being spit on upon their return and how they refused to wear their uniforms out in public due to the treatment makes me sick and this person does not deserve to represent any part of the City.

lnjinc
lnjinc

This person should be ashamed of herself. I hope she is forced to resign. What a miserable being. God bless these United States of America, especially all military branches that keep this person (I started to type lady then thought better of it) free and able to enjoy that freedom to go into this dealership and say these horrible things. Despicable!

Suzysum
Suzysum

Veterans Forever ! This lady apparently has no respect for the sacrifices that some of has made for to even be an American and she definitely needs to be put in check ! I served in the Air Force for 12 years and have seen many friends come and go . Let her walk in our shoes for a day ! Maybe she'll have just a little more respect for Vets and those flags

ABETTERDJ
ABETTERDJ

It's people like Melinda Power that want to turn our country into a liberal sh*thole. Drain the swamp from the top to the bottom and from the bottom to the top. Is this an elected position or can someone just fire her or transfer her to California?

Red White n Blue
Red White n Blue

Nothing Politically correct with what I would do. Simple - strip her of her job, passport & send her to Afghanistan but well away from our boys over there. I am so sure the men there will welcome her to their customs!!

Caprice56
Caprice56

What an ignorant, ungrateful bitch! I would not have stood silently by while she caused this horrific scene. My only hope is that she is fired for abuse of power and lack of moral character.

ladyblahblah
ladyblahblah

Let me tell you something. I own and operate a group home for disabled veterans. I live with them 24/7. I see the ravages of war every single minute. Maybe this woman should come and tell my veterans that they have not done anything for the country! She should see the brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, missing limbs, PTSD, depression, psychosis, night screams, alcohol and drug addiction ... she has not SEEN THE AFTERMATH OF A TIME WELL SERVED. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW OUTRAGED I AM??? The people who spew this crap out of their mouths are the lowest form of scum walking this planet. ... that would be luciferians .... straight up satan worshipers! They can all burn in hell for what they have done to the American Veteran and their families!! SHAME ON THEM AND SHAM ON THEM AGAIN!!

Hantie
Hantie

I'd like to know What the Hell SHE has done for our country???? Other than being a Complete embarrassment! Let her go live in a war zone for a few years, WITHOUT our military backing her up.

tray68
tray68

You know KARMA is truly a real bitch and KARMA is coming for YOU Ms. Power

tray68
tray68

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Rowdee
Rowdee

Im an honorably discharged Navy veteran. I served duringVietnam. Never shipped out, but I did my time. When I came home I was proudly wearing my Blues and ribbons and I got off the bus and went into a restaurant for some chow. I sat there for 30 minutes and it was like I was a leper. I finally asked for some coffee and without a word the waitress pretty much drops a cup on the table. I didnt even drink it. Just threw down some money and left. The moral, no vet should ever have to be shamed by any American citizen. They are just working people who (for many) paid the ultimate price to make it possible for our way of life to continue. We are a spoiled, selfish and ungrateful nation to have sunk so low that we have forgotten ho we got here. Its disgraceful, at the very least. Be strong fella. Shes just one and all you have to do is consider her lack of principles and any real morals. Take the high road and stay true to yourself. Hold on to your beliefs brother.

gfowble
gfowble

Since the Mayor was so quick to fix what his Bimbo of an Inspector was tearing down, I hope he shows her the door as fast.