#1 Mall says U.S. flags on kiddie train must go07-31-2012, 10:27 AM
Mall says U.S. flags on kiddie train must go
CLACKAMAS, Ore. - A fight over the American flag is brewing at the Clackamas Town Center.
The manager of the children's train at the mall says he's being forced to remove flags that he uses to decorate the train ride.
Why? The mall told him the flags are against policy.
Thomas Phelps said he was floored when he got a letter from mall management telling him that the flags he put on the train a few weeks ago were "unapproved visuals."
That reference didn't sit too well with Phelps, who also happens to be a military veteran.
"That is dedicated to veterans and military, police, firefighters, EMTs - all those people that daily put their lives on the line for us," Phelps said. "That's what it's dedicated to. And if you're going to call that a Christmas decoration or something, then I'm sorry, I don't want to be around you. You're not in my country."
Phelps said he would understand if it was causing a problem but he said nobody has complained - not once.
And he isn't alone in his feelings. Connie Marsden, a local grandmother, told us "It's the United States. That's our flag. We should be proud of it. Not be forced to take it off a little ride for the kids."
The mall did not allow our news camera on its property but a family who took a train ride on Sunday told us they enjoyed the ride and didn't understand why the flags were a problem.
The Clackamas Town Center sent us a written response when we asked for comment. General Manager Dennis Curtis wrote in an e-mail "we honor, appreciate and respect everything the U.S. flag represents."
Still, Phelps said mall management isn't budging and he's prepared to lose his job before he takes down the flags.
"I may be fired, I may be thrown out of the mall, but I am not taking it down," he said.
Once the word got out about what was going on, folks started talking about it not only on the KATU comment board and Facebook page, but across the web.
Update: The Clackamas Town Center relented both on their Facebook page and on the KATU comment board in response to numerous complaints from folks who were angered over this story. Read responses following the article.
Liberalism is just communism sold by the drink.
07-31-2012, 12:28 PM
Good thing it wasn't the Mall of America. That would be very ironic.
07-31-2012, 01:16 PM
You can always tell when a company is run by liberals.
I love my God, my country, my flag, and my troops ....
07-31-2012, 02:25 PM
We've got to get a handle on things in this country.Good men sleep peaceably in their beds at night because
rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Real superheroes don't wear capes. They wear dog tags.
07-31-2012, 02:55 PM
They need to ram that train up someone's ass.
07-31-2012, 04:37 PM--Odysseus
Sic Hacer Pace, Para Bellum.
Before you can do things for people, you must be the kind of man who can get things done. But to get things done, you must love the doing, not the people!
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