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Bank of America in hot water over SC flag flap

BRANCH MANAGER REPORTEDLY ORDERS REMOVAL OF FLAGS PLACED TO HONOR FALLEN MARINE

A South Carolina Bank of America branch is drawing criticism Thursday after an employee reportedly ordered the removal of American flags placed to honor a fallen Marine over fears that people would be offended.

The Palmetto Scoop received multiple emails claiming that the branch manager at Bank of America’s Gaffney branch at 1602 West Floyd Baker Blvd. “told a citizen who was preparing the route for a U.S. Marine killed in action in Afghanistan by placing small American flags along the roadway that the flags might upset some of her customers.”

Said one outraged tipster, “[The branch manager] took them down and made the citizen go in to get them if she didn’t want them thrown away.”

The flags were part of the funeral procession of Lance Corporal Christopher Fowlkes, 20, who died last week after an explosion in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

WSPA-TV has also received similar tips about the “flag flap.”

A teller at the branch confirmed to TPS that the branch managerhad been there around the time of the incident but had left for the day.

Bank of America released a statement apologizing for the incident and calling it a misunderstanding.

“We want to ensure the community knows how deeply proud we are of the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to our country,” the statement said. “The bank does fly the American Flag at our locations throughout the country and flags were displayed in front of our banking center in Gaffney the evening prior to our dedicated Marine returning home.”

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The lady that had it happen was on local talk radio this...

morning in Upstate SC and she was FIT TO BE TIED... poor woman sounded like she was going to break down on the radio she lives across the street from the Soldiers Grandparents and knew him since he was a toddler.
The Liberty a society retains is inversely proportional to the number of Lawyers in the Government.

The Liberty a society retains is inversely proportional to the number of Lawyers in the Government.

Her name is Brenda Earls

She is a great woman, I met her as I was waving a Ron Paul sign at a Mitt Romney function. At the time she was a Chairwoman of the GOP in Cherokee County and she gave me the key to the GOP office and loved that I get out there and do something! I talked to her where she works today, and she is doing fine and many people are calling her today!

thank her by emailing her at BrendaEarls@yahoo.com

tell her Brian Frank gave it out!

Freedom is NOT free!