People do stupid things all the time. Here at Manolith, we not only love those people, but we depend on them for our livelihood. So it’s with great joy that I present the following news story to you: a Bank of America employee in South Carolina recently told a citizen to remove the American flags she’d been planting along the route of a funeral procession for a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan, as the flags “might upset some of her customers”.
Okay, first of all, if you live in America, it’s likely that you’ll see an American flag from time to time. Second of all, if you work at the Bank of Freaking America, there’s a stylized representation of the American flag right there in your logo. Third of all, are you kidding me? You’re actually going to tell someone to remove tiny flags that are being put there to honor a fallen soldier because they “might” upset someone? Who could possibly be upset about that?
Bank of America corporate fairly quickly resolved the issue and sent out a formal apology, stating that it held deep pride in the serving men and women of our country, and that the incident was a “miscommunication in corporate policy”. Now, I’m not up on all the B of A regulations, but I’m fairly sure that there’s nothing in there regarding memorial services, or the placing of miniature American flags. Botswanan flags might be a little outside policy.