Irish Bar Takes Down Thin Blue Line Flag, Apologizes After Cop Hater Complains

An Irish bar in South Bend took down its Thin Blue Line flag after a social justice warrior complained on Facebook.

South Bend, IN – A woman who has called to abolish law enforcement complained to an Irish bar about the Thin Blue Line flag they’d hung to support fallen police officers, and the South Bend bar took the flag down and apologized.

Tonna Robinson, who has posted countless anti-police memes on Facebook, and proudly touts her disdain for law enforcement on her two Facebook pages, saw a Thin Blue Line flag hanging in Fiddler’s Hearth, so she posted a message about it on Facebook and tagged the restaurant.

“We’re here, but this flag says we’re not welcome. We won’t be coming back until it’s gone,” Robinson posted with a tag on Fiddler’s Hearth at 10:12 pm on April 30.

Fiddler’s Hearth responded just before 9 am the next morning, and apologized profusely.

“I agree too. The flag is down. Thought it was just a flag honoring fallen officers. Ignorance is no excuse. My sincerest apologies to anyone we've offended,” Fiddler’s Hearth commented on Robinson’s post.

The hostess who answered the phone at Fiddler’s Hearth on Thursday morning told Blue Lives Matter that owner Carol Meehan personally responded to all the Facebook messages about the flag incident.

After the bar began to receive blowback and accolades from different segments of the community, they addressed the matter again on May 4 in a comment on a positive review posted on their Facebook page.

“For years, Fiddler's has had an area of the restaurant dedicated to our first responders and servicemen. The walls are covered with patches and T-shirts from police and fire departments all over the world, but especially in the USA. We have pictures of fallen local police officers hanging on the wall to honor their service. A ‘We Support Our Troops’ flag hangs there. We offer a 25% discount to all military, police, and firefighters. We hung what we thought was a flag honoring fallen officers in the same area,” Fiddler’s Hearth posted.

“When a customer told us it was actually a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag, we checked it out and they were correct. While we obviously honor our first responders and all those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe, altering the #blacklivesmatter slogan only serves to further promote social unrest in our country. The flag is down and will stay down. We are looking for a more appropriate flag honoring our police officers to hang in its place,” the bar posted.

But Fiddler’s Hearth didn’t do their homework carefully enough when they “checked it out” after receiving Robinson’s complaint about the Thin Blue Line flag. It turns out that it wasn’t a Blue Lives Matter flag at all.

"Thin Blue Line flags are just flags that express support for law enforcement. They have no direct connection to any Blue Lives Matter organization outside of their original meaning to show support for police,” said Christopher Berg, Editor-in-Chief of Blue Lives Matter.

“It's a common tactic among police abolitionists to use hyperbolic and false information to de-legitimize anything that shows support for law enforcement,” Berg said.

Robinson’s social media friends were quick to applaud the apologetic posts from Fiddler’s Hearth, but law enforcement supporters were not happy that an Irish bar, which would traditionally be considered a pro-police establishment, caved so quickly to the demands of somebody who wants to eliminate law enforcement.

Several people pushed back at the incorrect explanation of the flag that Robinson was giving, and that Fiddler’s Hearth was perpetuating.

“Always people trying to cause trouble. Fiddler's Hearth is disgusting. Now they’ve alienated all the cops. It’s fine they don’t support fallen police officers. Don’t expect the living ones to come to your establishment. Also, don’t call them when you need something,” a Facebook user named Pete Mags commented on Robinson’s thread.

“Tonna, cmon, seriously? Are you that desperate to denounce all 900,000 police officers? The thin blue line is a symbol for fallen police officers. It’s been around long before Blue Lives Matters. You’re just making into something it’s not to satisfy your agenda,” he wrote.

“The term ‘thin blue line’ in regards to police began in the 50’s. You can look up the original definition yourself. The flag with a thin blue line only has one meaning and that is to honor the sacrifice of fallen police officers,” Pete Mags posted.

Blue Lives Matter left a message for Carol Meehan at Fiddler’s Hearth, and also reached out to her for comment via email. No response had been received at publication time.

Comments (50)
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Wildbillo
Wildbillo

Put that flag back up and tell the idiot that complained to shut up.

Heezels
Heezels

Well time to put that shite business in the ground. Not because they took down the flag. But because they have no spine.

JBo
JBo

Rightttt...eliminate all law enforcement. That would turn out well.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

The flag shouldn't be up anyway. It's a disgrace. Why did Blue Lives Matter move away from the black field/blue stripe to an abomination of the American flag?

Heezels
Heezels

Lol, looks like they’re putting it back up again, or at least they acknowledge that they got it wrong the first time. Fucking idiots.

Corellia
Corellia

Absolute Bollocks. As Irish, and a Blue, and an ex. MP. Show some respect to our Men AND Women, that put lives out there on shift.

Budman
Budman

Put the flag back up showing respect to all law enforcement officers!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn Dang it, when I didn't see any of your moronic comments for a few days I thought maybe a terrible, fatal accident befell you. Oh well, thoughts and prayers for a next time.

Code911
Code911

Put the American flag on your wall and see if it attracts any "Antifa idiots trying to take it down." If anyone complains then you need to show the m your new menu that offers a "Big Ole Can of Whoop-ass! and see how they like it with "two all beef hands and and a special sauce of front teeth and a broken nose." If everyone quit sucking up to these malcontents the crap would die a quick death.

BARRY_VA
BARRY_VA

WHEN YOU ARE ROBBED WITH A PISTOL TO YOUR USELESS BRAIN -- DON'T CALL 911- THE OFFICERS WILL HAVE FLAT TIRES, STUCK IN A DITCH,, STOPPING A MAN ON A HORSE - ALL KINDS OF ACTIONS EXCEPT YOUR SORRY A$$..............YOU TOOK A STAND FOR A BITCH AND DIDN'T SUPPORT YOUR DEVOTED POLICE OFFICERS - WHO WOULD HAVE DIED TO SAVE YOUR MISERABLE LIFE.

BobIn704
BobIn704

We will take our business elsewhere and screw them..must not be a real irish pub at heart! Eff them!

Karelle
Karelle

So the bar owner has no balls.... Hopefully no customers either......

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
I was on a short vacation to Hawaii, but wasn't anywhere near the lava that erupted in the street.

Pray harder next time though,next trip is in just a couple weeks. Maybe my plane will go down if you're a true Christian and pray with all your heart.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@CowGurlUP
No, the flag is, clown. Literal disgrace to the American flag. Read my whole comment before responding. I did say the plain black flag with blue line is perfectly acceptable.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Both are legitimately used to represent respect for fallen officers. The black flag/blue stripe is a generic (or international) symbol while the American Flag with blue is for our specific country.

The TBL/American Flag is simply a way to signify American police who are fallen. I used to think it was problematic as well but realized that the INTENT was what matters. This flag is not meant to be an abomination or disgrace or in any way counter to the ideals and principles of the original.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn I'm on my knees right now. Also hoping you come down with an incurable STD, but that's a story for another time.

rds40
rds40

Burn a BLM flag out front.

rds40
rds40

Don't even Acknowledge Hi. A loser who can't make it in life but depends on the part time work as a troll.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Put the flag back up. Hutter disgrace that they took it down because of some anti cop muppet.. Tell her to go elsewhere if she doen't like it.

Tricialen
Tricialen

If it were my bar I would show them the door! Put that flag back up!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10
The intent doesn't matter. The flag is an abomination for using the American flag as a blueprint. This is your feelings in the way of written guidelines.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Please. Spend less of your time thinking about my sex life.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@gfc1963
No one gives a fuck what you do, tag along. I'm surprised you haven't picked up on that yet.

magnumforc
magnumforc

I notice she is holding a Mexican flag. Funny how it's okay to wave a Mexican flag yet not okay to wave an American flag that was designed to honor our fallen brothers and what we stand for. This Tonna Robinson is a real POS.

tfort
tfort

The flag desecrates the American Flag. Come up with a new design. Until then, stop using this flag.

John-Brown
John-Brown

When the LGBQLMNOP community stops using the rainbow american flag, you might have a point. Until then, fuck off.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@magnumforc
Thr Mexican flag is an official flag though. The "blue lives matter as much as everyone else's" flag is an illegal copy.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

@ Hi_estComnDenomn, what makes it illegal?
Does your elevator go to the top floor?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SoberProgressive
I dont know if i should answer your legit question or reply to your insult.

You're a fucking clown.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

@Hi_estComnDenomn, ROFLMFAO!
Your stupidity is only surpassed by your bravado, both ignorant to the highest degree.
You stated that the Blue Lives Matter flag was illegal, yet you didn't provide any proof. Do you always depend on your ignorance as a statement of fact?
Fact is, that's a lie and you know it.
But, it doesn't fit your agenda, so you have to lie about it.
BTW, does this flag violate the law, or are you proud of it?

So far, the only fucking clown here is you. You, in fact, provide all the entertainment, while proving your ignorance in the very same swoop.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SoberProgressive
Maybe it's just my stupidity, but you chose "Copy text" instead of "Copy link."

But what do i know? Maybe you meant to paste a wall of nonsense text to trick me.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

@Hi_estComnDenomn, there you go, sweetcheeks.
Trick you? I don't need to trick you, you're already a joke.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SoberProgressive
Sweetcheeks. Alright.

Also, i don't understand your metaphor. Tricks and jokes aren't the same thing. 'A' for effort, though.

Finally, yep. That flag is an abomination as well, but at least LGBT has an excuse. They aren't part of the system.

The "All Jobs Matter" flag was created by cops, for cops, who should be well aware of the Flag Code.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

@Hi_estComnDenomn, and that legal (Criminal) Flag Code is where, exactly?
In that void between your ears?
And, I like how you try to make limits on people's rights, as if you are the authority, when you have no such authority.
Seems like the God hood you hold isn't so sturdy.
Or, is that conceit?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SoberProgressive
I know it can't just be my imagination, but do you frequently fuck up common sayings?

Are you saying the hood i wear isn't sturdy? Did you mean helmet?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SoberProgressive

Here you go. Browse to your heart's content.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

@Hi_estComnDenomn, are you actually that ignorant?
Do you have to evade, when all you had to do is provide your proof? Just cite the legal code provided that cites the violation. After all, it was you who made the statement that it was illegal for Blue Lives Matter to use the US Flag as a model in the manner they were using it. Funny how you couldn't provide that code in the Legal Flag Code Book, ROFLMFAO!
Just can't come to grips with the fact that you can't help but lie.
And, that your so called intellectual superiority isn't all that.
Your God Powers are quite lacking.

So, tell me, who's the Fucking Clown?
Answer, YOU!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SoberProgressive
So did you not browse yourself? I did the Google search for you and everything. All you had to do is read.

Who said i was intellectually superior? I'm just as smart or dumb as any other average person. If you think I'm smarter than you, that sounds like a personal problem.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

@Hi_estComnDenmomn, you linked to a site that showed what? A reference to the display, destruction of the flag, not the use of the US Flag as a model for other uses. And, you already know it isn't illegal in the first place.
You failed again.
Yet, you think that was an answer? Yes, you failed. And, you already knew it. Trying to cover your ass isn't about providing a link to a source. It's just trying to cover your ass with a lie, like you are trying to do again.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SoberProgressive
It's the flag code. All you have to do is read.. Don't call me a liar when you could just read.

SoberProgressive
SoberProgressive

@Hi_estComnDenomn, LOL. Read it yourself. And repeat the part where it says anything about regulating the reproduction of the American Flag being a Criminal act. And, then, repeat the part showing where it is criminal again, I need a laugh.
I love watching idiots like you squirm.
You are the 'Fucking Clown'!

gfc1963
gfc1963

And you think people give a shit what you think? Get the hint mate and fuck off. Pip Pip Cheerio.

wmc50
wmc50

Hi_est and Sober...get a damn room and shut the hell up. Geezus.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@wmc50
He's my new biggest fan though.

today_is_the_day
today_is_the_day

It is easy to make a flag with a thin blue line. No need to desecrate a country's flag to do it. The symbolism is meant to pretend the violators are an essential part of the country whose flag they are expropriating. If cop conduct followed the Constitution of the country whose flag they desecrate everyday (just by what they do), then it might make sense to have them as part of the flag. But they are outside the lines. Bad cops, bad cops...

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@gfc1963
I like how your comment about people not caring what i think is sandwiched between two comments from people caring what i think.