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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:35 PM

McDonald's Upside-Down Flag Causes Post-Election Controversey

Source: International Business Times

McDonald’s franchise in Follansbee, W.Va., caused a stir Wednesday for flying an American flag upside down and at half mast the day following President Barack Obama’s victory.

Many people in the area and online initially believed the McDonald’s had reversed the flag as a protest against Obama’s victory. Mitt Romney crushed Obama by 62 to 35 percent in West Virginia Tuesday, carrying every county.

But managers at the McDonalds swear the upside-down flag was a complete accident. Apparently, the flagpole broke while they were raising the flag in the morning, causing it to fall upside-down.

"I just want to say: I am a manager at that McDonald's,” a caller told NEWS9 TV, according to Examiner. “The flag was to be flown at half-staff as per McDonald’s Corporation. As for it being flown upside down--it was a complete and total accident. NO ONE at our store would PURPOSELY fly the flag upside down. Our flagpole is actually broken, and we are unable to move the flag."



Read more: http://www.ibtimes.com/mcdonalds-upside-down-flag-causes-post-election-controversey-864032



Why was the flag supposed to be flown at half staff?

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Reply McDonald's Upside-Down Flag Causes Post-Election Controversey (Original post)
question everything Nov 2012 OP
exboyfil Nov 2012 #1
godai Nov 2012 #5
Ms. Toad Nov 2012 #7
godai Nov 2012 #10
Ms. Toad Nov 2012 #13
DollarBillHines Nov 2012 #23
RebelOne Nov 2012 #16
BeyondGeography Nov 2012 #2
SubgeniusHasSlack Nov 2012 #3
jberryhill Nov 2012 #4
silvershadow Nov 2012 #8
hootinholler Nov 2012 #9
ProudProgressiveNow Nov 2012 #15
hedda_foil Nov 2012 #6
question everything Nov 2012 #12
hedda_foil Nov 2012 #14
Fla Dem Nov 2012 #18
PfcHammer Nov 2012 #11
windowpilot Nov 2012 #17
godai Nov 2012 #19
yellowcanine Nov 2012 #35
AAO Nov 2012 #20
freshwest Nov 2012 #33
Petrushka Nov 2012 #21
alphafemale Nov 2012 #25
BobbyBoring Nov 2012 #22
itsrobert Nov 2012 #28
Dont call me Shirley Nov 2012 #24
Javaman Nov 2012 #26
adigal Nov 2012 #27
question everything Nov 2012 #31
Zoeisright Nov 2012 #29
ivanincali00 Nov 2012 #30
Sugarcoated Nov 2012 #32
ZombieHorde Nov 2012 #34
takrew Nov 2012 #36
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #37
uppityperson Nov 2012 #38

Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:38 PM

1. Could be local for the death of a local veteran in Afghanistan

Our flag outside my office sadly has flown often at half staff over the last few years.

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:39 PM

5. Manager said it was an ACCIDENT. n/t

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Response to godai (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:48 PM

7. An accident it was upside down.

The manager also said “The flag was to be flown at half-staff as per McDonald’s Corporation."

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:14 PM

10. You're right but I wonder how that's possible.

You attach the flag to the rope, then pull it up. Perhaps it was attached upside down but quite a coincidence that then, it broke at half staff.

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Response to godai (Reply #10)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:44 PM

13. It does seem odd.

The only thing I can figure out is they missed the top grommet when they were attaching it.

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:33 PM

23. It was on purpose. See pic in #19

There was no missed grommet or broken flagpole.

They new what they were doing.

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Response to Ms. Toad (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:48 PM

16. Yeah, the flag flipped itself upside down. Does not make sense. n/t

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:38 PM

2. Yeah, we were told to be assholes

not TOTAL assholes.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:38 PM

3. republickcons are too cowardly to accept responsibility for their actions.

 

republickconism is sociopathy.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:38 PM

4. Ronald McDonald memorial observance

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:09 PM

8. pretty much. nt

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:12 PM

9. lol! n/t

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:46 PM

15. +1 nt

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 02:47 PM

6. Just sent this to my Dem son in law at McD corporate.

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Response to hedda_foil (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:39 PM

12. I hope that you will share his response, if any (nt)

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Response to question everything (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:46 PM

14. He hadn't heard anything about it, so I need a little help from you guys please.

I remember reading about this yesterday but can't find the link. Has anyone saved it?

Thx!

Hedda

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Response to hedda_foil (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:53 PM

18. Link is in the top original post. n/t

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:17 PM

11. Prolly anticipated the death of Big BIrd

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:49 PM

17. Hey McDonald!

 

Take your pink slim, and shove it up your soybean...

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 03:54 PM

19. Photo...

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Response to godai (Reply #19)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:35 AM

35. That doesn't look accidental to me.

broken flagpole my foot.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:02 PM

20. So they can make sure the "Mc Donald's" flag takes precedent.

 

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Response to AAO (Reply #20)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:50 AM

33. UGH:

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:10 PM

21. The story and picture first appeared on WTOV-9 (Steubenville OH-Wheeling WV)

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Response to Petrushka (Reply #21)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:23 PM

25. Steubenville is in Jefferson Co, which almost always goes Blue election night.

I grew up there.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:29 PM

22. Maybe it's at 1/2 staff to

Honor all those that have fallen from eating their shitty junk food~

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Response to BobbyBoring (Reply #22)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:12 AM

28. Maybe it is at half staff to correlate

with the McDonalds being worked at half-staff to maximize profits?

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 04:56 PM

24. That's why I call it McCrackhouse

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:31 AM

26. or maybe...

someone who works for them realized they sell a crappy product and were distressed over the mystery meat?

lol

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:06 AM

27. Dems need to use the boycott effectively

If just the people on this site boycotted McDonalds and told all of our friends who are good Dems, they wouldn't pull this crap. That was NO accident. Sorry. I ain't buying - literally or figuratively!

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Response to adigal (Reply #27)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:13 AM

31. Unfortunately, I cannot boycott

Have not eaten in McDonald for ages. Cannot believe how I could not have enough Big Macs way back in school..

It has been over 30 years now. Once a decade I give it a try and can barely finish it.

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:13 AM

29. Liar.

Ever hear of ladders, jackass?

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 07:34 PM

30. Very suspicious

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 11:23 AM

32. An old HS friends sister owns several McD's in WV

and I know from FB she's a Repub . . . I hope it's not one of hers

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:38 PM

34. Funny. nt

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Response to question everything (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:10 AM

36. here is a business doing the same thing and IT IS NO ACCIDENT

Just a heads up: We are trying to alert as many folks as possible to a Sayreville, NJ business who have chosen to desecrate the American flag to make a political statement about the Obama re-election.

Any assumptions about Viking Terminal sending a distress signal resulting from Hurricane Sandy and the resulting flooding however are incorrect.

1- A black wreath displayed on the upside down flag: clear indication that the owners feel our country is dead as a result of the election.
2- A fast check on the owners into their Facebook accounts and other sources shows a pattern of right wing activity.
3- Repeated requests for comment from the business on the flag display have been ignored.

I have no problem with any of their political affiliations or activities. I do object however to their disrespectful use of our flag to make a statement.

There is a grassroots Facebook website set up to rally members in the hopes of boycotting this business until they remove their distasteful display. Please LIKE and SHARE:

Search "Boycott Flag Desecraters" on Facebook or cut and paste:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Flag-Desecraters/544316545582989

If those pictures don't make you sick, check your pulse.

Boycott Flag Desecraters does NOT accept donations. It is a labor of love. Its goal is to notify the public of businesses that desecrate Old Glory.

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Response to takrew (Reply #36)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:13 AM

37. Welcome to DU, and I agree that there are better ways to register your displeasure at election

results.

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Response to takrew (Reply #36)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 02:12 PM

38. How about THESE "flag desecraters"?

Back when bush was installed, and for the 2nd time, many of us flew flag upside down as a sign of distress.

This is not "desecrating the flag" but using it in a manner that you simply do not like. Same as when the rightwingers complained about us, freedom of speech, even when you disagree with what they say. Boycotting companies is fine with me, but if you are going to go after "flag desecraters", there is a lot more than simply flying a flag upside down.

What I DO think would qualify as desecration is using the flag for clothing since yes, flying it in distress is allowed under flag code, but cutting it up and wearing it isn't.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Flag_Code
The flag should never be displayed with the union (the starred blue union) down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

The flag should not be used as "wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery", or for covering a speaker's desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins). Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.

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The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed, or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.

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The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform

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The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.

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