Sunday, October 16, 2011

American Flag Under Assault - #3333 - Florida Hotel Fires Worker for Wearing American Flag Pin - The Blaze (2) Olive Garden Restaurant Apologizes After Staff Refuses to Let Patron Display American Flag in Restaurant - Fox News

A Florida hotel fired its front desk supervisor after the man wore an American flag lapel pin, a violation of the hotel’s personal appearance policies that prohibit employees from wearing badges and pins. Sean May told Jacksonville’s WJXT that his manager at St. Augustine’s Casa Monica Hotel told him Thursday to remove the pin or leave. He refused to take it off and was sent home. The following day, the hotel informed him he was fired. “I wear it with pride because I like where I live and I love this country,” May told the station. When his manager gave him the ultimatum, “I said I‘m not going to remove the pin so I guess I’m going home.”May, 26, said he wore the pin everyday for two years and never had a problem with it until his manager approached him. The station said it received a massive community response to May’s story, which first aired Thursday. One Florida resident, Air Force veteran Bruce Whalen, said the lapel pin should be a dress code requirement for all residents and is calling for a boycott of the hotel. “Anybody who takes a chance on his livelihood to take a stand for patriotism is a hero and should be treated like a hero,” Whalen said. Watch WJXT’s reports here and here.  There are two videos with this story, please watch both, the (1) first features May and background to the story.................  and the (2) second outlines all the community support he has received...............  

Olive Garden Restaurant Apologizes After Staff Refuses to Let Patron Display American Flag in Restaurant - Fox -News - Controversy over an Alabama Olive Garden's refusal to allow a patron to enter the restaurant with an American flag reportedly has prompted the restaurant chain to issue a personal apology from its vice president.  The patron, 80-year-old Marti Warren, told she was outraged after being told she could not bring the flag into the restaurant to attend a Kiwanis Club award banquet.  "This is not my country. This is not my country I grew up with," Warren said, adding that she and the club then contacted Olive Garden's parent company, Darden restaurants. We are very sorry for any misunderstanding about this issue," the Facebook post reads. "We do not have a policy at Olive Garden concerning bringing the American flag into our restaurants. Some members of our team were misinformed about company policy by our corporate office. As a company, we take responsibility for that and we regret it. ...  "Like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes, and we welcome anyone who wishes to bring the flag into our restaurants. In fact, we periodically provide American flag collar pins to our employees to wear while serving guests." Read more...........  AW: Does make you wonder if Marti Warren had not contacted the parent company, and had they not been concerned about loss of business and/or boycott, would the policy have been changed.  

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