Skip to comments.Mall says U.S. flags on kiddie train must go
Posted on 07/29/2012 5:56:19 PM PDT by hiho hiho
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 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.
I am so tired of fighting the same wars over and over.
Of course, if they were using the homosexual symbol rainbow flag, then it would be a hate crime to remove it. It would be required to stay in place.
If the rules do not refer to the US flag, tell 'em to take a hike and if they push it, tell them you'll sue them and publicize it.
Send the Liberal sewer slime, who object, a copy of the Star Spangled Banner or a photo of the flag raisiing on Iwo Jima. Then tell them where you would like to put the flag.
I was gonna suggest Muslim flags but your idea’s good too.
Shame on these people.
They need to find a better country.
I suggest everyone in Oregon, get out as fast as possible.
Clackamas Town Center
12000 SE 82nd Avenue
Happy Valley, Oregon 97086
Phone (503) 653-6913
Fax (503) 653-7251
(including food court)
Specialty Leasing Representative:
They won't! But they do need to find a different one.
(Hi Miss Onyx)
These are the types of people who are running this country into the ground
“I may be fired, I may be thrown out of the mall, but I am not taking it down,” he said.
Three cheers for this Patriot, Thomas Phelps!
Guess it’s time to display yet another Old Glory at my ‘compound’.
Clack Mall is about to feel the wrath of the people. Apparently those Stalinists running the mall don’t need American loving customers.
Pray for America
According to the comments at the link, Clackamas Town Center overall management is Clackamas Mall,LLC owned by General Growth Properties in Chicago. Here is their email address:
Also from the link the General Manager of General Growth Properties Is:
Dennis Curtis, contact at:firstname.lastname@example.org
“I’m not taking it down he said.”
He’s making all that trouble over a silly flag.