City Inspector Cites Business for Flying Military Flags, Then Gets in Veteran’s Face

A city inspector in Jacksonville, Florida, reportedly cited a local business, Jaguar Power Sports, for flying military flags on the roof. Even worse, the city employee is accused of getting in a veteran customer’s face and making a disgusting statement about his military service.

Store employee Katie Klasse witnessed what the city inspector, identified as Melinda Power, said to the military veteran.

“She says, ‘What did you do for this country?’ He says, ‘I took three bullets to the leg. I almost lost my life for this country. I’m retired. I’m a veteran.’ She gets in his face this close and says, ‘You did nothing for this country,’” Klasse told News4Jax.

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Store manager Marcy Moyer said despite the citations and the personal attack against one of its customers, the military flags won’t be going anywhere.

“We cater to our men and women, both retired and active military, so it was personal. We felt like it was a personal attack,” Moyer said.

A Jaguar Power Sports employee later shared a video on Facebook outlining exactly what happened and it went viral. The video had been viewed over 5 million times in less than 24 hours.

It didn’t take long for the controversy to get back to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, who made it clear that military flags should fly in the city.

“I Have directed city staff that military flags should be treated same as US flag. Let them fly. I Have reached out to the business owner & will review employee procedures. COJ employees r expected to be respectful of our customers – you, the people of Jacksonville,” he tweeted.

The mayor added, “We support our military and veterans, and we appreciate businesses who honor their service.”

Further, Curry’s chief of staff Brian Hughes said officials are currently “reviewing” the incident and considering “corrective action” for the employee involved:

“We are disturbed by some of the claims made about a City employee and are reviewing the facts. We are also reviewing the current ordinances regarding flags and signs to ensure accurate information was shared. The business was issued a warning, and was not fined. Warnings are issued to provide property owners information about a possible violation, and corrective action.

“I have contacted the dealership and provided the owner with the mayor’s contact information for them to discuss directly. Mayor Curry and his administration respect and appreciate those in uniform who have served and continue to serve our community, and our country.”

Jaguar Power Sports posted an update video on Tuesday, revealing that the city of Jacksonville has since contacted the company and apologized for the incident.

Sometimes, social media can be used for good.

Should the city inspector be fired or just reprimanded?