Florida inspector suspended after warning business for flying military flags

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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 inspector was identified as Melinda Power.

Employees say the warning upset one customer, who says they are a military veteran.

"She says, 'What did you do for this country?' He says, 'I took three bullets to the leg".

"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", he said.


"These flags that are flying overhead should not be a problem", said the employee, identifying himself only as Shaun.

The post said a city employee came into the business, cited the business for having the flags and told a veteran inside of the store that he did "nothing for our country".

Mayor Curry's chief of staff, Brian Hughes also issued a statement saying they're looking into the incident. He added that employees of the county are expected to be respectful and that employee procedures will be reviewed. The employee also said the city told them they are investigating the claim about how the COJ employee acted toward the veteran.

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.

But just hours earlier, two city workers delivered a warning to the business for the flags.


This veteran may not want the employee fired, but he also doesn't want this to ever happen again.

Another employee made a video to say what happened and posted it on Facebook.

"I have contacted the dealership and provided the owner with the mayor's contact information for them to discuss directly".

A Jacksonville city worker has been placed on leave after she allegedly told a veteran his service to the United States didn't matter while giving a business a warning for flying military flags. "Mayor Curry and his administration respect and appreciate those in uniform who have served and continue to serve our community, and our country".


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