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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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.

Prstallion
Prstallion

FIRE THE LIL BIG MOUTH bitch, AND I AM A VET!

kaiserh
kaiserh

she should be fired.

HJA
HJA

They better not transfer her to animal control. The animals don't deserve that. Lol

ALR
ALR

I agree, in Animal Control, you need even more self control, and ability to work with the public.

Gramps1946
Gramps1946

Nothing wrong with that woman's attitude that a butt stock to the bridge of her nose wouldn't fix. Sorry, I remember walking through the LA airport in '69.

aj327
aj327

I don't think that there is any proper amount of reprimanding equal to the amount of this woman's lack of professionalism. Having had family in the military, & being a vet myself,.. I agree. She should be subjected to disciplinary termination, but not before she makes a personal apology to the business owner & to the veteran she insulted beyond reproach. That is all...

aj327
aj327

.. Just read your post..Will assume you are a Vietnam era veteran. You don't hear it enough from my generation, but I was raised to respect & honor vets. Thank you for your service sir.

Smallandmighty
Smallandmighty

Does this woman still have a job? As a citizen of this city, I would make good and sure that this woman didn't represent this city in any form.

Iowabucfan
Iowabucfan

<<Would be more than happy to gather a few fellow vets and go teach her a course on "etiquette" :)

WLAM5187
WLAM5187

NOT only should she be fired, but stripped of all pension and public benefits. THEN she should be sued for abuse of authority by the Business and sued by the veteran for defamation.....PERIOD....

Gregm19
Gregm19

If she wants to enforce tings like that she needs to head to the Left Coast and in Seattle or Berkeley or Portland she can get away with doing that kind of crap because the city mayor

annediamondhead
annediamondhead

She is clearly unhinged and filled with hate.