Jacksonville mayor helps resolve veteran's viral flag dispute

Ceria Alfonso
Abril 17, 2018

The business owner soon posted a Facebook video of himself Monday afternoon describing the encounter with his customer and said the city of Jacksonville cited him for each military flag atop the building.

The store manager for Jaguar Power Sports, a motorcycle dealership at 4680 Blanding Blvd., posted the rant to social media.

Employees at Jaguar Power Sports say that the city inspector, Melinda Power, entered the store around noon on Monday and issued a citation saying that the flags violated city code.

The warning allegedly didn't sit well with a customer, who is a military veteran that reportedly told Power he thought it was wrong to take down the flags. I have ordered a review of the actions of the employee and pending the completion of that review, the employee and her supervisor have been placed on leave.

The incredulous employee asked people to share what happened.

He added county employees are expected to be respectful and that employee procedures will be reviewed. "I'm retired. I'm a veteran.' She gets in his face this close and says, 'You did nothing for this country", said store employee Katie Klasse. Shaun posted a follow-up video Monday night, saying the mayor had reached out and a city representative had apologized. And that she responded, "Nothing". Witnesses said Power questioned what the customer had done for his country.

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A manager of Jaguar Power Sports told News4Jax on Tuesday she also doesn't want to see Power fired.

"She turned around at the door and said to me, in a very loud voice that what I did for this country did not matter", said the veteran who told the station that he wanted to remain anonymous.

"How they're going to deal with their employee is going to be on them", Marcy Moyer said. "It was to bring awareness and hope that someone would not treat someone else that way".

Mayor Lenny Curry directed city staff that military flags should be treated the same as the USA flag, the Florida Times-Union reported.

Curry's chief of staff indicated that the city will be investigating the incident and is reviewing the current city ordinances on flags "to ensure accurate information was shared".

"Employees of the City of Jacksonville are the servants of taxpayers who have a duty to enforce our laws and regulations".

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