The city of Jacksonville has suspended the code inspector who issued a warning citation to a Westside business that had flags from every branch of the US military on its roof, along with her supervisor, who was present at the time.
The store manager for Jaguar Power Sports, a motorcycle dealership at 4680 Blanding Blvd., posted a rant to social media Monday afternoon.
Power came under fire after she cited Jaguar Power Sports on the city's Westside for flying flags on its roof that represent each branch of the military. The rooftop display includes two US flags, a Jacksonville Jaguars flag and flags representing each branch of the military. Jaguar Power Sports said a USA soldier in Germany called the business to offer his support to the veteran. Finance manager Shaun, no last name given, posted a video message to the store's Facebook page, saying the city worker also insulted a wounded veteran on her way out of the business. He added that employees of the county are expected to be respectful and that employee procedures will be reviewed.
Her alleged comments were under review, the station reported.
According to WJXT-TV, the veteran was asked by Power, "What did you do for this country?"
Power posted a statement to Facebook, and later deleted it, after the incident, saying she "sincerely apologized". And that she responded, "Nothing".
"I have the utmost respect for the military", the post read.
The incident soon got the attention of the mayor's office.
"How they're going to deal with their employee is going to be on them", Marcy Moyer said. I nearly lost my life for this country. "It was to bring awareness and hope that someone would not treat someone else that way".
The store managers ripped up the citation and will keep the flags flying without worrying about fines or citations from the city, according to WJXT. Of 50 calls taken in the first hour of business, most wanted the employee fired.
A video has gone viral after a man says his business was cited for flying military flags.
City officials are now investigating the allegations against inspector Melinda Power, and they say they will be reviewing that video.
"Employees of the City of Jacksonville are the servants of taxpayers who have a duty to enforce our laws and regulations".