A Time Warner Cable employee and Marine veteran had his contract canceled after he lowered the American flag to half-staff on Memorial Day.
Allen Thornwell, a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, and veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was terminated by the company after he corrected what he thought was an oversight. A manager at the placement service that got him the job with Time Warner Cable says the company was unnerved by his “passion for the flag and (his) political affiliation.”
According to the Charlotte Observer, Thornwell noticed the flag flying in its regular position at 2:30 p.m. on Memorial Day. Even though the flag code states that it only has to be flown at half-staff until noon, Thornwell decided to lower it. A guard came over and told him that, “It’s company policy that no one touches the flagpole.”
“I didn’t think of it as the property of Time Warner Cable,” he told reporters. “It’s everybody’s flag.”
The next morning, 29-year-old Thornwell, who served in the Marine Corps from 2007 to 2014, received a call from his placement manager asking, “Can you tell me what happened yesterday?” It turns out Time Warner Cable had terminated him.
“I’m not even mad right now,” he said. “I don’t know what kind of moral compass you need to fire a veteran on Memorial Day for lowering the flag.”
“It’s disgraceful,” said Charlotte attorney Murph Archibald, a Vietnam vet whom Thornwell contacted after the firing. “He didn’t do anything wrong. He’s a veteran working on Memorial Day who corrected what he thought was a disrespectful flying of the American flag … I would have taken it down myself.”
As if Time Warner didn’t give you enough reasons to hate it, with horrible customer service, high-pressure sales tactics and exorbitant prices, now they’re firing veterans on Memorial Day for doing something they should have done at the beginning of the day.
If they don’t want to honor our veterans, they clearly don’t want our money. Let’s boycott them.
H/T The Daily Caller
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