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McDonald’s Upside-Down Flag Seen As Reaction To 2012 Election Results

McDonald's flies flag upside-down

Brooke County, WV – A McDonald’s restaurant earned a fair share of controversy Wednesday when an American flag was shown to he hanging upside down early in the morning, thought initially to be a protest of the results of the 2012 election.

Many wondered whether or not the McDonald’s upside-down flag was a deliberate political message. Turns out, the upside-down flag wasn’t intentional disrespect, but rather a timely, accidental coincidence.

A local reporter for NEWS9 had called the McDonald’s restaurant earlier Wednesday to ask why the flag was flown upside-down, usually taken as a sign of distress. Reportedly, the employee who answered the phone said that the flag was flown that way on purpose.

Later, a person identifying herself as a manager of that particular McDonald’s called to clarify her employee’s comments.

“I just want to say: I am a manager at that McDonald’s. The flag was to be flown at half-staff as per McDonald’s Corporation. As for it being flown upside down–it was a complete and total accident. No one at our store would purposely fly the flag upside down. Our flag pole is actually broken, and we are unable to move the flag.”

Later, an email was sent to The Huffington Post for further clarification:

“Unfortunately, a flag cable broke and during the process of trying the fix the flag, it was inadvertently turned upside down. It wasn’t noticed that the flag was upside down until a customer inquired about it. We are working on fixing the flag right now. It’s important to note that this was an accident, not intentional.”

Reporters later returned to the scene and said that the flag pole had apparently been fixed.

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37 Responses to “McDonald’s Upside-Down Flag Seen As Reaction To 2012 Election Results”

  1. Anonymous

    Actually an upside down American flag is a SOS signal, and is considered very unpatriotic when done so when that is not the case.

  2. Janey Doe

    HALF of America feels EXACTLY the same way! Well done, MickeyD's! (And btw…HALF of America DOES need a public figure on our side to send an SOS).

  3. Trish Rioux Angels

    no its not unpatriotic to do so. it the COMPLETE opposite. do it to your flag stamps as a protest that your govt. is acting unconsitutional. protest in 1775 is what led to the greatest country on earth. i saw grow some paul and others!

  4. Josefina Cruz

    Please don't tell me that we have to start boycotting McDonalds! If so I will definitely start a petition!

  5. Shawn Woodson

    THE FLAG CODE Title 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10 As amended by P.L. 344, 94th Congress Approved July 7, 1976 § 176. Respect for flag: No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any…
    person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor. (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

  6. Edward J. Del Santo

    If our federal government looks like New York State then all fast food will be banned.

  7. Anonymous

    those idiots did that on purpose, and since they were caught, now they won't face up to it like the typical republican cowards they are…

  8. Zachary Carroll

    The comment is "McDonald's corporation on 9/11 in remembrance of the victims of 9/11/01. Ever since then we have been having issues with the pulley system and that flag pole in general."

  9. Anonymous

    the owner must be retired, former banker, drives a ford, had bad experience with people of color, between 55-75 years of age, a fan of rush and savage nation and loves FOX news…I'm just saying.

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  11. Richard Nettles

    I flew the American flag upside down for the entire length of Clintons presidency. Had a couple of neighbors ask why and I told them, no big deal. I think we still have the right to protest.

  12. Richard Nettles

    I don't think that liberals hate America, when I was young I was very liberal, as I got older my views changed, and I am apt to vote for the candidate more than party. I am all for minority rights including gay rights, legalization of pot for recreational use, womens rights, I do believe America has suffered under Obama, believed it was time for change.

  13. Steven Mays

    You mean like Obama facing up to fast and furious?..or maybe facing up to Libya?…or how about the whole " I will have more flexibility" comment to the Soviets?..Do you really want to talk about cowardice?

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