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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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.

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!

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.