JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WTLV) – A business owner’s online rant about a citation he received over military flags is going viral, with Jacksonville city officials apologizing for the ticket.
It started with two code enforcement officers writing a citation to the management of Jaguar Power Sports.
They told the manager his flags were in violation of the municipal code ordinance. But the flags represented sports and the military.
The store manager, Shaun Jackrel, then took to social media with the rant soon turning viral.
“There’s one thing I’m not going to tolerate and that is disrespect for our military in a military town,” he said in the video. “We should not get cited or ticketed for flying flags representing our country.”
Mayor Lenny Curry responded, saying this is not how he expects city employees to interact with the community.
“Under no circumstance should a veteran – this specific veteran that actually took bullets for this country – be disrespected by anybody that works for the city. And for that matter, no citizen in this city should be disrespected by our people,” he said.
One of the employees and her supervisor have both been placed on administrative leave since the incident.
The mayor says he will review the officer’s actions and will decide upon termination.
With the viral attention, Jaguar Sports is now hosting a t-shirt benefit with all proceeds going to the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. For details, visit their Facebook page here.