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POSTED: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:37pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 1:19pm

Did you hear about what happened recently at an Olive Garden restaurant in Alabama?

Come to find out it was in one of their smaller restaurants.

It didn't have a community room.

So when the Kiwanis Club set up for their regular meeting the 80-year old woman spearheading the event
put the American flag up on the wall.

After seeing what she's done the panicking manager of the restaurant came over and told her
to take that flag down.

She asked why and was told the flag on the wall would disrupt the dining experience.

The 80-year-old woman said, "This is not my country. This is not my country I grew up with."

Me either, lady.

And that woman knows a few things about this country. She lived through World War II, was on the front lines pushing for desegregation in Anniston, and was an educator for decades so when she was told she couldn't display her American flag at a Kiwanis club meeting she was outraged. She said "I was so angry. I felt like I had been slapped in the face."

Well ma'am you were.

To make it worse the Kiwanis Club was seated back by the kitchen.

At first the Olive Garden gave out a bland, meaningless statement that said talking about the dining experience.

Then evidentially the heat got turned up.

So now the Olive Garden says "We are very sorry for any misunderstanding about this issue. We do not have a policy at Olive Garden concerning bringing the American flag into our restaurants. Some members of our team were misinform about company policy by our corporate office. As a company, we take responsibility for that and we regret it."

The woman from the Kiwanis Club says the vice president of the company contacted her and will be coming to Oxford to personally apologize to all the Golden K Kiwanis Club members.

He should.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

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The flag represents the sacrifices that have been made and are being made so they can exist as a profit-making enterprise: they should have to display Old Glory at every table; also they should have a flag-raising ceremony and flag-retiring ceremony every day at the corporate office with mandatory attendance by every employee in the office. Maybe then they could begin to appreciate what it means to live in this wonderful country!!!

Just another example of how intolerant the politically correct and pro-tolerance groups are of those who do not share their viewpoint.

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