JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A Jacksonville business won its feud with the City of Jacksonville after city employees cited the shop for flying military flags.
The store manager Shaun Jackrel for Jaguar Power Sports, a motorcycle dealership at 4680 Blanding Blvd., posted the rant to Facebook, which quickly went viral.
"That's right, we just got a ticket ... for flying military flags," he said in the video. " ... They told us to take them down or go to court over it. Are you serious right now?"
Jackrel further claims that a COJ employee was also rude to one of its customers, a veteran, telling him "you did nothing for our country."
"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."
Right after the City of Jacksonville caught wind of the citation, its Chief of Staff Brian Hughes said it was reviewing the facts of the case, as well as current ordinances regarding flags and signs.
"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."
Hughes also noted that the mayor's office was in communication with the business. An employee told First Coast News that the mayor's office dropped the citations and the business is allowed to continue flying the flags.
Mayor Lenny Curry also took to Twitter following the incident:
About eight hours after the initial post, Jaguar Power Sports posted another video on its Facebook page announcing that the flags can stay.
"I am so amazed at the amount of support ... ," said Marcy Moyer, the sales manager. "Thank you so much for understanding that we are trying to accomplish something here."
Since the incident, the employee and her supervisor were placed on administrative leave while the city investigates. A petition also surfaced requesting the City of Jacksonville fire the employee who reportedly issued the citation to the motorcycle shop.
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