Skip to comments.Angry trucker puts up flag at truck stop, only to watch it come down
Posted on 05/30/2012 2:03:30 PM PDT by Orange1998
DENTON, Texas The Stars and Stripes go hand-in-hand with Memorial Day. But when a truck driver saw a truck stop that wasn't flying the American flag, he took matters into his own hands.
He put up a American flag himself. The problem is, it didn't stay up for long.
David Ray Thornburg couldn't understand why the Travel Centers of America truck stop off Interstate 35 in Denton wasn't displaying Old Glory especially on Memorial Day.
So he grabbed his video camera and went to Walmart. The store donated a flag. Thornburg went back to the truck stop, climbed up the pole and put up the flag.
His YouTube video tells the rest of the story. He explains that just after he put the flag up, truck stop employees took it down.
Thornburg called it a slap in the face.
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How about "This is private property, get the fk out of here."
Yup and Obama could not have said it prouder.
good target for a boycott, probably has lots of competition.
Speedway/Marathon bought Gas America/TA earlier this year. The change-over was two weeks ago. Knowing Speedway, this does not surprise me.
They stopped flying the flag ten years ago.
I sure bet those trucker’s CB Radios were abuzz of what Travel Center of America thinks of veterans & Memorial Day.
What kind of reply was that????
Am all for staying the fk away from Truck Stops America!
Denton? truckstop was prolly run by some camel jockey.
Statement: The flag might offend anti-Americans.
What is a C.B. Radio?
The point of the story is they sent a paid employee to remove the flag on Memorial Day.
I think I see a complete story right there.
1) The Travel Center put up a flagpole, and flew the flag for years.
2) Then some jackwagon from the govt came and cited him for a tattered flag, and probably cited him for flying it at night without a light, etc.
3) Some ambulance chaser is waiting in the wings for this guy to break his arm trying to save mom and apple pie.
Perhaps the owners had lost faith in "the republic for which it stands" that elected a Marxist handing out bailouts to bankers and fraudsters while taxing him out the wazoo to fund condoms for college girls and threatening him with flag inspectors, liability suits, etc.
Perhaps it doesn't have a single thing to do with Memorial day, but do we really believe that those who sacrificed their lives for us would (a) do it over again if they knew what we've become and (b) even then, do you think they'd be gung-ho to tell this guy he had to fly a flag?
Wow you are so jaded.
The point of your post is to make it out that these people are anti-American. It just happened that some fruitcake was climbing their pole on Memorial Day.
In fact, the article makes the case that the country has become a caricature of itself overrun by lawyers and jingoists.
Yes. A small businessman with the jackboot of the government on his neck everyday makes you sympathetic to people who are depicted by lamestream media as anti-American corporate evildoers.
Still, I applaud the trucker for his act of civil disobedience. However, defending the Constitution means it has to apply to everyone.
Where is your link verifying that, and what would it have to do with this event of a Memorial day flying of a new flag?
From TA's President: On May 23, all of our location mgrs were reminded to fly the American flag on Memorial Day. We also distributed over 75,000 American flag decals to customers at our locations in recognition of veterans. Obviously, our franchisee-operated site in Denton, TX, failed to comply. For that, we sincerely apologize. Despite the dangers associated with a customer climbing a pole, we applaud the actions of the driver in reminding us of the sacrifices made by service men and women.If true, then it was the local manager who failed to put it up and then took it down. I would also point out that the end of the video where the flag is missing is at sundown. No excuse for it not being up in the first place but perhaps it was taken down because of sunset. This would be proper protocol. I would also note that there was no line on the pole. It is possible that the reason there was no flag in the first place was because the manager was too lazy to replace the line rather than a calculated disrespect. I would urge that all avoid rash judgment until all is known.
Early model cell phone Good-Buddy.
Only problem, it was a party-line, no privacy.
And I have the right to spend money at any place I like.
Citizens’ Band Radio
Run a business. Try it. See if you don't get a visit from the bunny inspector.
Come nightfall, who's going to come take it down?
Were there any other businesses in the area who didn't even have a flagpole? Are they the focus of derision?
Unless I missed something the video appeared to show the flag down after sundown as it should be, unless it was illuminated. Did they take it down because of such flag protocol or otherwise? No one said.
That doesn’t excuse many businesses for not flying a flag at least on such holidays. Many do not do it for a variety of reasons from cost to the illumination required. Myself, I fly a 5 by 8 flag on a 32 ft flagpole but I don’t ridicule others who don’t. I salute the truck driver’s fortitude and initiative.
WRONG! Proper Freep protocol is to scream and shout, denounce whoever the media or youtube says to denounce and ignore any other options.
The anti-American jerk managing the store isn’t taking a stand for the constitution, he is making a political deliberately insulting protest statement against it, and against the nation, and it’s history.
This is all about private citizens using their constitutional rights calling out an anti-American act formally carried out by a business they frequent.
Let the constitutionally legal boycott begin, (if you two will allow protesting and boycotting from our side).
No, you provide evidence for your claim that you stated as a fact and the reason why that manager took such a dramatic anti-american, anti-customer action.
A smart man managing a store for patriotic American truck drivers does not go to such bizarre extremes to get in their face on Memorial Day.
It's about knee-jerks, not anti-American jerks.
He may not know anything about the constitution. How do you know he's making a political statement of any kind.
Some arsehole comes in and starts climbing a pole at a gas station? Really?
Say they called the cops. The cops come and arrest the guy for trespassing on private property, disturbing the peace, whatever and keep him from endangering himself. All Constitutional too. You ok with that?
So does he call the police to deal with it in your world? Just let the idiot crack his skull on the pavement? So he doesn't call the police and handles it quietly. Never mind! Get the manager fired! yay!
It's similar to a beeber, but larger.
It's a two way radio, works in the 27. mhz, 11 meter band, very effective for close in communication and in many cases, better than cell phones depending on the venue and they do not require cell towers to operate. In addition, unlike cell phones, they are free to use. Hundreds of thousands of truck drivers use them, among others.
That’s the Idea.
Truckstops of America do not have to fly a flag any more than I have to spend my money there, Which I won’t.
I heard about this story earlier today, and some ANGRY truckers said they will never stop there again. They tweeted this to a lot of their fellow truckers. That place will be shut in months.
There's no telling what the Fascist Police State has done to this business owner, regulatory or otherwise.
Are you drunk?
Any pole climbing was long over, it was done to install the rope.
Flag flying, rope installed, your claimed drama over, and they go out and run the flag down.
Well, the point is we don't know one way or another, but what the hell happened to private damn property?
Fly the flag or don't. If they had flown the flag upside down in distress I'd probably have agreed with them. The nation is in distress.
And the bigger issue is, I can't imagine how many fallen soldiers and sailors etc are spinning in their graves with the freedoms they fought for come to nearly naught.
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Who is arguing about private property?
Everything Planned Parenthood, or Jane Fonda, or Code Pink does on private party is off limits for discussion, or even outrage or protest?
Forgot to include this: http://www.manta.com/c/mmypm46/travel-centers-of-america
Somehow, I doubt that was the last thought that went through their minds.
LOL. No happy hour hasn't started yet, FRiend. Is that going to be ok with you though? Me drinking or not on my property?
The guy says he hasn't been flying the flag for ten years. Where has your "outrage" been all this time that he hasn't been utilizing that pole!!!!? Where has the boycott been?
Oh the humanity!
I still can't imagine a single fallen soul who'd rise from the grave and demand that a private American do this that or the other on their own gd private property to "honor" them.
Deal with what? A brand new American flag donated by the Wal-Mart Corporation flying from his flag pole?
Nobody even saw the part involving the rope, the climb, it was long over, the flag was in place, all they had to do was let it fly.
Instead they have really hurt themselves with their customer base.
“What is a C.B. Radio?”
There is your mistake, you don't seem to realize that once a donated flag was raised the manager went into physical action and made a powerful political statement on Memorial day, that is what private citizens are reacting to.
Fortunately you do not have the power to stop people from protesting, or forcing them to spend their money at the business he manages.