Jacksonville mayor helps resolve veteran's viral flag dispute

Jacksonville mayor helps resolve veteran's viral flag dispute

A Jacksonville business won its feud with the City of Jacksonville after city employees cited the shop for flying military flags.

While current ordinance does not address residents or businesses displaying military flags, I will not allow any citation of those who demonstrate their support for the Armed Forces.

Fox 30 aired surveillance video from Jaguar Power that appears to show the city worker wagging her finger at the veteran who said he questioned her about the citation.

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

According to WJXT-TV, the veteran was asked by Power, "What did you do for this country?"

Employees said Power insulted the customer after he told her he nearly lost his life serving in the military.

Power posted a statement to Facebook, and later deleted it, after the incident, saying she "sincerely apologized".


The veteran reportedly told Power that he was a retired veteran that took three bullets to the leg for his country. Witnesses said Power questioned what the customer had done for his country.

She said after that, tempers flared, and she admitted: "I should never have been unprofessional and disrespectful period".

"Let them fly", Curry tweeted Monday. He added that he "doesn't want anyone to lose their job".

The rooftop display also includes two United States flags and a Jacksonville Jaguars flag. "I know that our customer base would love to see me say, 'Fire her, ' but I hate to see anybody lose their job".

WJXT reports Jacksonville City Hall phones were inundated with callers Tuesday about the flag citation calling for Power's firing.

Mayor Lenny Curry has since posted on Twitter, saying he has "directed city staff that military flags should be treated same as U.S. flag". Curry's chief of staff said the mayor's office was "disturbed" by the alleged behavior of Power and the matter is being reviewed. COJ employees r expected to be respectful of our customers - you, the people of Jacksonville.

The business was issued a warning, and was not fined.

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