Olive Garden apologizes for not allowing U.S. flag

Olive Garden is apologizing for refusing to allow an 80-year-old Kiwanis Club member to display the U.S. flag at an Alabama restaurant.

The City of Oxford website.

The City of Oxford website.

The Kiwanis Club in the east Alabama city of Oxford had planned a banquet, but Marti Warren, of Anniston, said she wasn’t allowed to bring the flag or a banner into the building.

Warren, in a Fox News interview, said, “This is not my country. This is not my country I grew up with.”

Warren, a former educator, told Fox she was outraged. “I was so angry. I felt like I had been slapped in the face.”

Oxford is located 90 miles west of Atlanta on I-20.

Management at the restaurant refused to answer questions concerning the incident, such as the size of the flag.

A media contact would not answer specific questions either, but did issue an apology via email.

“We are very sorry for any misunderstanding about this issue. We do not have a policy at Olive Garden concerning bringing the American flag into our restaurants. Some members of our team were misinformed about company policy by our corporate office. As a company we take responsibility for that and we regret it. We take pride in how we communicate to our restaurants and we are correcting this so it doesn’t happen again. Like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes, and we welcome anyone who wishes to bring the flag into our restaurants. In fact, we periodically provide American flag collar pins to our employees to wear while serving guests.”

The parent firm of Olive Garden,  Darden restaurants, which also operates the Red Lobster and Longhorn chains, is based in Orlando.

764 comments Add your comment

whocares

October 12th, 2011
11:55 am

That is their right not to allow someone to tote a flag into their restaurant. It is a private dining establishment…who does that anyway?

Hot and Fresh

October 12th, 2011
11:56 am

I care, jerkwad. I’ll never dine at one of those places again.

ABC

October 12th, 2011
12:00 pm

Can’t these people go a few hours without seeing an American flag? Sheesh. Good for Olive Garden for standing up!

Kyle

October 12th, 2011
12:01 pm

I gave up eating that fake Italian crap a long time ago but just another reason never to go again and hopefully they will finally go out of business.

chuck e

October 12th, 2011
12:02 pm

Obviously a short sighted business decision that will bite them in the rear end and cost them business.

SayWhat

October 12th, 2011
12:04 pm

I, too, care – a lot. This was not just some guy wanting to tote around a flag (and if it were, he should certainly have that right). The Kiwanis Clubs are all about community, which means our country. For Olive Garden to refuse to allow them to bring a flag in for a meeting because it might “disrupt the experience of other customers” – IN AMERICA – is getting a little scary.

Skegeeace

October 12th, 2011
12:04 pm

The idea of the decor in an Olive Garden is to make the diner feel like they’re in Italy. A big American flag might disrupt that theme. I don’t think OG is anti-American, I just think they wanted to have a certain feel to their restaurant. People need to stop treating the flag like an idol. It has meaning, but it has it’s place in life like everything else.

whocares

October 12th, 2011
12:05 pm

because they would not allow someone to tote an ENORMOUS American flag into the restaurant? There is a time and place for everything…that was neither the time or the place.

jj

October 12th, 2011
12:05 pm

Oh geesh here we go, again. Now everybody will jump on the bandwagon with calls to ‘boycott Olive Garden…’. It’s a private restaurant why shouldn’t they have the right to say no flags? Or no baggy pants? Bet no one would be whining about that one. These poor people will probably end up having to give this loony woman and her organization a free banquet. What a crock.

SBinF

October 12th, 2011
12:06 pm

If the guy wanted to put up a big old rainbow flag, I’m sure you folks would think Olive Garden should allow that too, right?

Go eat a meal, quit wrapping yourself in a flag at every spare moment.

td

October 12th, 2011
12:08 pm

So if every single diner who came in wanted to display a flag on the wall, they should be able to? Where does it end with you people?

jj

October 12th, 2011
12:09 pm

PS: To those who say they’ll ‘never eat there again’. Drive by on any night of the week and you’ll see, you won’t be missed. Their food is great. Their prices are fair. They have a right to say “NO” to anything they see as, well worthy of saying “NO” to.

Prez Obozo

October 12th, 2011
12:09 pm

If it would have been a bomb building muslim they would have helped hang their flag!

Nana

October 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

Was the flag enormous? I have to say I can see both sides. If it was “enormous”, I can see not letting it in. If not, what would it have hurt? Initially, it makes me want to think twice about being a patron in one of these establishments but there are generally two sides to every story and when does the media ever give ALL the facts?

whocares

October 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

The actual story is too funny. They “closed their eyes and imagined the flag waving in the wind” as they said the pledge of allegiance.
Worshiping a flag borderlines idolatry to me, but that is just me.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

Sure they have a right to decide what they allow in their restaurant..just as they should be free to decide to not serve blacks, or hispanics, or whites..yet the lefttards would scream bloody murder about that exercise of private property rights

Ron

October 12th, 2011
12:10 pm

Since we’re not there who knows how this was presented to Olive Garden. They could’ve said no to a bunch of other things but all that gets mentioned is the flag.
Who goes to the Olive Garden for a banquet? It’s not like it has extra rooms separated from the rest of the restaurant.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
12:13 pm

“The stronger my love for my people grew, the deeper became my hatred for those who would destroy my race, my heritage, and darken the future of my children.”

Robert Jay Mathews..HERO

Communications

October 12th, 2011
12:13 pm

Read the story again. The Kiwanis Club was going to have a meeting, it wasn’t a single person. The Kiwanis Club says the pledge of allegiance before their meeting. If the Club and the restaurant had communicated, they could have worked it out, or the Club could have booked another restaurant. They didn’t address that before the event, obviously. Olive Garden has its rights. The Kiwanis Club has its rights. It was just a lack of communications in advance.

nita

October 12th, 2011
12:14 pm

Please don’t go to this restaurant anymore, that way those of us who just want to sit down and enjoy dinner don’t have to deal with nut cases. I love America as much as any one but the flag does not belong inside. Good call for the Darden Group. If they had a private dinning area they would have allowed her to bring the flag. How about you have dinner catered by Olive Garden at the American Legion . Better yet Ryans, Golden Coral or any where you can reserve a private room if you want to display the flag.

Big John

October 12th, 2011
12:16 pm

I am a member of the Kiwanis club and our Americian flag is displayed on a pole. Unless there is a 25 mile an hour wind inside the Olve Garden, you would never see the flag. Come on Olive Garden, get a life !

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
12:17 pm

Darden is not the real story here..as I said above, I am for TRUE private property rights..want to ban photos of obama, UGA fans, me, blacks, gays? it is your right..

The telling thing is how many of you detest our flag and think it would somehow detract from your dining experience , after all, then you might not see the full wall of fake stucco, or the plastic grapes which really set a overpriced meal of heat and serve pre cooked pasta OFF..

Gary

October 12th, 2011
12:19 pm

What I dont get is why they allowed the Kiwanis to book a banquet in their public dining area if they didnt have a private room. Its a little disengenuous to say that the flag would have dirupted other diners when I would imagine a room full of Kiwanians would have already been disruptive to others in the restaurant. Lesson learned… next time Kiwanians, find a place with a private room. For you Olive Garden, don’t book a private banquet in a public dining room.

Chuck

October 12th, 2011
12:19 pm

Seriously – there are, I am sure, plenty of places with private dining rooms where you can hold a banquet.

In fact, places like that, with rooms like that, are specifically built for banquets and other similar events.

You simply cannot set up in the common dining area of an active restaurant like you would in a private room.

Born"N" The USA.

October 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

just dont eat there any more, its their right not to allow the flag..but we dont have to eat there ,thats our right. also buy products ” Made IN The USA “

truth hurts

October 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

Big John is right…The flag is on a pole and sits in a base plate. No one was draping a 10x 8′ flag across the wall. This is the US not Iran. Bad business call by the Olive Garden….Restaurants sales are down enough…this will not help them…

rick

October 12th, 2011
12:24 pm

At least we have Provino’s in Atlanta. No need for the Olive Garden.

Oxford Native

October 12th, 2011
12:25 pm

This isn’t about patriotism. This is about a business being able to control their environment which is part of their product.

It wasn’t about what was on the flag, it was about the size of the flag.

George Orwell

October 12th, 2011
12:26 pm

I told you this kind of stuff was gonna happen!!!!!

Richard Bagge

October 12th, 2011
12:29 pm

I’m all in favor of anything that prompts anybody to quit eating at Olive Garden. Only, this time, I wish it wasn’t some octogenarian crybaby whining to Fox News that a business on private property has somehow obtained the right to do as it wishes with its interior decoration. As complaints go, this is a pathetic one.

whocares

October 12th, 2011
12:30 pm

People are funny…I have been to several Olive Gardens, and they don’t have a private area to hold that type of event. That is like having a banquet in McDonald’s or Burger King. People are so hypersensitive.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
12:32 pm

Very true, Georgie..but it was supposed to come about at the hands of an efficient and ruthless fascist dictatorship..we stumbled into the same outcome with inept bloated bureaucracy and the abject retardation of vast swaths of the populace.

Curious

October 12th, 2011
12:33 pm

Was the group welcoming home a war hero? Reason enough for an American flag?

The United States of China

October 12th, 2011
12:33 pm

How big was the flag pole? 10 ft.? 30 ft.? Table top? Let’s not get carried away by the media.

Also, club meetings should be held in separate quarters away from the general public. I don’t want to eat next to any group conducting affairs, whether it be a Kiwanis Club, Key Club, Lions Club, or the Mickey Mouse Club.

Caring is Scaring

October 12th, 2011
12:37 pm

Seriously, if you care about this issue, you are a huge loser.
That old man needs to take those stars and stripes and shove them up his endless salad bowl.
The bread sticks are delicious and America is just so-so anymore.
If I have to choose between Olive Grden and my country I’ll move to Italy.
I mean don’t get me wrong, I grew up strong and proud in the U.S. of A., and I beleive Babby Jesus dies for our sins, but who needs to stare at the flag while they’re trying to enjoy succulent pasta dishes and decadent tiramisu-like pudding?
But hear me out: I can misspell political signs and laugh at third-grade race jokes about the President with the best of ‘em, but making me choose between Olive Garden and Ol’ Glory is like asking me to choose between my niece and my cousin. Let’s just say the buffet at Shoney’s has been a little too kind to my cousin these last few years.
I still love my country and I can’t stop singing that Lee Greenwood song to save my life. But at the end of the day, if you can’t sit down with a bunch of ignorant old white people in po-dunk Bama and enjoy a plate of lasagna without needing to have a flag flying out of your backside, then you need to just stay in your trailer.
So Ima keepon eating at the Olive Garden, and when we bomb Iran over some trumped up boloney, I’ll put the little flags back on my car windows when I drive to the first baptist church. Heck, maybe I’ll even put a “W” sticker on my bumber just for nostalgia.
Go Dawgs!

L2thaISA

October 12th, 2011
12:38 pm

I fully agree, Olive Garden has the right to say “NO FLAGS”. That is what makes the USA the BEST place to live. That being said I will never eat their again and that is my right! If Olive Garden was so worried about their customers, they should have thought this one through a little better.

B-Boy

October 12th, 2011
12:43 pm

I think the Olive Garden has the right not to allow the flag in their establishment, just has the Kiwanis Club now has the right not to have their meetings their anymore, just as I have the right not to eat there anymore either because of their poor marketing judgement. Oh!…or Reb Loberster too! Don’t forget they are both owned by the same company.

Pedro

October 12th, 2011
12:43 pm

You flag haters can all suck my armpit. If a few Kiwanis Club members were sitting down to lunch with other diners then carry on the Italian theme or whatever without additional symbolism. But they chartered a banquet room. If the Nazi party chartered a banquet room they should be able to fly a swastika if they wanted to and there would be lawsuits if denied. So wrap yourselves in a turban if you like and deny that the American Flag should have any presence anywhere. Get over YOURSELVES and remember what country you live in.

Jeff

October 12th, 2011
12:44 pm

Completely ignorant. Who brings a giant flag into a restaurant anyway. I’m sure the corporate PR people at Darden will issue an apology and give the Kiwanis club free banquets for life. This will end up on an email and thousands of people will “Stand up” for ol glory. Really people? Of all the issues in Oxford Alabama this is the one that will take front and center?

Waiting for how this gets tied to Barack in 3, 2, 1,

Tammy

October 12th, 2011
12:45 pm

The story reads this was to be in a private dining room so it would not have been in the middle of a dining area for all to see. They should have allowed this. Where is the harm , it is a shame. Where is the America we use to know. On the other hand thank you OG because I will not give my money to people who can not stand up for our country!

Pedro

October 12th, 2011
12:46 pm

Or move to Italy where the economy is worse than our sorry situation. Talking to your Scaring. Delta is ready.

contrarian

October 12th, 2011
12:46 pm

“…the deeper became my hatred…”

It’s very revealing that a conservative considers that statement heroic.

What’s also revealing is the abandonment of the fundamentally capitalistic ideal that a business has the right to deny things that they perceive to be an impediment to their cash flow. (Personally, I think it was a bad decision for no other reason than the negative publicity that it would likely generate would cause an even greater impediment.) As another poster pointed out, if this were about baggy pants every conservative in this thread would be on Olive Garden’s side.

The only reason the ’story’ made the papers is because the gatekeepers knew that conservatives will howl about it and create yet another contrived controversy. It’s so much easier and far more fun than actually reporting news.

Rich

October 12th, 2011
12:47 pm

I can see why the flag might be a distraction from an otherwise completely authentic Italian dining experience.

pebblebeach

October 12th, 2011
12:48 pm

You Go OG…

Worst. Flag. Ever.

October 12th, 2011
12:56 pm

I owned two restaurants in Gwinnett County. They have nice decor and excellent food. And they don’t have any American flags?
Why?
Because it is completely distasteful. It is one of the ugliest flags in the world.
I proudly fly the flags of Mexico and Honduras in my restaurant. These are beautiful, meaningful flags. Unlike those hideous stars and stripes in those pathetic colors.
When I see an American flag I want to spit on it and tear it down. Not because I don’t love this country. well, I think it’s ok, but whatever.
It’s just that the American flag is so stupid looking. It just hangs there, looking at all dumb and confused. Stars and stripes. Yeah, that’s real creative and full of meaning. Give me a break. My five-year-old has made better looking banners in his pants.
The bottom line is that the flag lacks any authenticity, just like its people. It is the flag of a nation of people who only know how to get what they need by taking from others by force.
It is a filthy emblem and if anyone brought one into my restaurant I would throw them out on their can.
Viva Mexico!!

Mike Honcho

October 12th, 2011
12:56 pm

If you don’t think Olive Garden is wrong here, please, I’m begging you…get the H@LL out of my country!

urban redneck

October 12th, 2011
12:57 pm

i”ll add them to my subway boycott………plus that chevron station on chamblee tucker.

Sigh...

October 12th, 2011
12:59 pm

Tammy, sweetie, this is a direct quote from the SECOND sentence in the story:
“The company said it did not have a private dining area and the flag would have disrupted the experience of other customers.” Read it again. And how big was this flag anyway? Besides, Olive Garden is as Italian as Stouffers frozen lasagna.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
1:00 pm

@contrarian

Hatred is every bit as valid an emotion as love, and infinitely more useful..

I share the rest of your point in my previous post.. I believe in total private ownership of business ..be it the flag or openly gay couples, a business must be allowed to pick and choose whom and what it will allow under it’s roof. Sadly, very few Americans understand Liberty and free markets…and far fewer on the left do, than on the right.

Flag Waver

October 12th, 2011
1:00 pm

I just want to say that I lack reading comprehension skills and therefore I believe that the flag was to be displayed in a private banquet room.
Despite the fact the article stated that the restaurant is public property and has no designated banquet space, I would like to point to the fact that the flag was to be displayed in a private area.
In summary, I am a moron.
Now I must go discuss the finer points of Fair Tax with my unemployed friends. Good day.

oldfart

October 12th, 2011
1:03 pm

Enter your comments here

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
1:04 pm

Viva mexico? haha A country so “great” that someone would rather work in an onion field in south GA than stay in their homeland..

Viva Cortez and Small pox..

Edward

October 12th, 2011
1:04 pm

Teabaggers and Faux News junkies never let facts get in the way of self-righteous outrage.

Doug

October 12th, 2011
1:05 pm

Dumb business decision

DawgInaTruck

October 12th, 2011
1:05 pm

It appears as if it is time for a dose of reality for many. As someone above pointed out, the whole situation likely occured because of a lack of proper communication. I’m sure both parties will learn from this: In the future the Kiwanians will know to ask ahead of time and so will the restaurant.

SayWhat called this situation “scary”. Wrong-scary is the thought of my children in danger or being trapped in a burning automobile or home, etc. A dispute over a flag, even one I respect as much as ours, is not scary.

And for Jeff, here’s a freebie for ya: It’s Obama’s fault!! I shall now run screaming in fear…

Dean of Harvard Law School

October 12th, 2011
1:05 pm

Dear TrishaDishaWarEagle:

Whereas it is obvious that you are a brilliant mind and a distinguished Constitutional scholar, it is my distinct privilege to invite you to speak at the University as this year’s Henry Miller Lecturer.
It is indeed rare that a great mind such as yours comes along and we are thrilled with the prospect of learning more of your insights into property rights, freedom of speech, federalism, the Interstate Commerce Clause, and many other areas with which you most certainly must have an abundance of knowledge.

Let's laugh

October 12th, 2011
1:06 pm

How ignorant was that manager. Should be fired for violating company rules. That is, to make freaking money. Any moron knows this would damage business and sales.

urban redneck

October 12th, 2011
1:07 pm

wish i could find the 1st poster at 12:56. i would hand him his arss.

Grouchy

October 12th, 2011
1:09 pm

I haven’t eaten at Olive Garden in years. The food is awful.

Sasha

October 12th, 2011
1:11 pm

My prayer for all the freedom lovers is they do not
end up under Iran law. Stop and THINK folks please.

DawgInaTruck

October 12th, 2011
1:11 pm

Urban-Think reality again. He doesn’t exist-just a pot stirrer.

health freak

October 12th, 2011
1:12 pm

Another reason for the U.S. to invade Iran..

Worst. Flag. Ever.

October 12th, 2011
1:12 pm

Is it your restaurant? If it is, bring all the stupid ugly American flags you can buy from China in and hang them up everywhere. Use them as placemats, dishrags and toilet paper.
If it’s not your restaurant, shut up and eat your pasta and stop being such a whiny roody-poo Ameritard.

MARY

October 12th, 2011
1:14 pm

tHIS IS NOT A CROCK.. IT’S ABOUT AMERICANS BEING PROUD TO BE AMERICAN
WE SHOULD STAND UP FOR OUR COUNTRY AND BE PROUD YOU’RE AMERICAN.

IF YOUR NOT PROUD GET OUT…….

sircharles1941

October 12th, 2011
1:15 pm

The management at this particular Olive Garden should have approached this event with a reservation. The management should have known that all VFW carries their particular flag as well as the American flag because they show honor and respect. However, the flag should not exceed the normal flag we fly at our homes; or they should opted for a smaller one that would not distract or cause any reservation among anyone. Something could have been done to permit this to happen!

DawgInaTruck

October 12th, 2011
1:15 pm

Don’t fall for it. Never argue wth an idiot. They’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Persian Owner of Olive Garden Franchise

October 12th, 2011
1:15 pm

I fly the old Iranian flag (the one flown by the Shah) in my Olive Garden on Hwy 92.
I would never let anyone bring an American flag in my restaurant.
Iran is #1 and the USA will go the way of the ancient Romans. Down down down.

DawgInaTruck

October 12th, 2011
1:18 pm

I repeat:

Don’t fall for it. Never argue wth an idiot. They’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

The Management

October 12th, 2011
1:19 pm

We do not accept reservations and we reserve the right to tell you whiny little veterans to take your murder-flag back to your rock and crawl under it.
Olive Garden does not need you losers.

Dave in Marietta

October 12th, 2011
1:20 pm

Once again this thread is chock full of idiotic comments. Especially those who call others “flag haters” just because they see the pragmatic side not allowing the flag inside the restaurant. I haven’t seen one person state that they hate the flag. But that’s how the tiny, jingoistic mind works.

Blue Eyed-Southern Girl

October 12th, 2011
1:22 pm

Did you people even read the story before you started spouting comments? It was clearly stated “it did not have a private dining area and the flag would have disrupted the experience of other customers” Now which part of that statement says A) the flag was enormous or B) they paid for a private dining area!! Sheesh people…FREE COUNTRY REMEMBER!! This gives OG the RIGHT to say no!!

oldfart

October 12th, 2011
1:22 pm

Did the Olive Garden in question take reservations from the Kiwanis with the understanding that it was for one of their meetings? If so, they should be obligated to allow all of the accouterments that accompany such a meeting. No idea about this town but I have been in a few that don’t have a restaurant with a private dining area available but the club should have also checked ahead of time to see what was allowed. I sat through a chamber of commerce meeting in a small north Georgia restaurant one time and found it entertaining.

I also don’t think a flag would have detracted from the ambiance of an Olive Garden. Yes they try to invoke Italy alright but with a Disneyesque flair. Faux stone done in fiberglass, plastic ivy, re-heated frozen breadsticks and canned marinara don’t exactly scream Italy unless you grew up on Chef Boyardee. For those of you saying a private business can exclude you for any reason they see fit please check your history to see how Lester Maddox established a political career. Don’t be so quick to jump in on either side until an article actually explaining both sides appears, knowing the AJC don’t hold your breath.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
1:23 pm

@ Dean of Harvard Law School

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As a bonus for your students who are not currently defecating on cars in NYC, I will discuss obama’s upcoming humiliating defeat in “States of Florida, Arizona, Indiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Georgia, Alaska, and as of January 19, Ohio, Wisconsin, Kansas, Maine, Iowa, and Wyoming. Also, the National Federation of Independent Business and two individuals, Mary Brown and Kaj Ahlburg. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, et al.”

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somuchfordarden

October 12th, 2011
1:24 pm

Apologies if this has been brought up already…

These are the same guys (Darden) who proudly kissed up to Michelle Obama’s war on the food industry, saying they would reduce salt and fat from all their items in the next few years. Michelle’s love for food she preaches against seems to be a constant news topic these days – nice.

It’s clear which ‘team’ Darden is on -and that’s change you can believe in! LOL. Change what made them famous, and then refuse to allow a group of Americans to fly the American flag in America.

Dave in Marietta

October 12th, 2011
1:25 pm

Actually, I did see one person who stated that they didn’t like the looks of the flag. but not what it represented.

sherry dawkins

October 12th, 2011
1:27 pm

This is America. That’s a freedom. That’s what we have fought for. Freedom. I don’t like it either, but they do have a right not to want the flag there.

Are you Crazy?

October 12th, 2011
1:28 pm

This is another problem with our country. We have so many people from other countries and organizations that don’t care about this country or the freedom of speech and respect for the flag. Do you think your grandparents and parents would have allowed people people of other nations be flown in our country? We are not a nation because those few who have to have their way about the Bible, our Flag, and even our schools. Its no longer We are a Nation, it’s ME ME ME Nation.

Pedro's Armpit

October 12th, 2011
1:34 pm

Hey Pedro and Tammy, it’s time for that annual eye exam. The article CLEARLY reads:

“The company said it did not have a private dining area…”

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
1:35 pm

but but but…we have to worry about immigrants FEELINGS and self esteem…(sarcasm is harder in print)

I’ll skip my lecture point on how coddling human beings fragile emotions retards evolution and natural selection, but rest assured, it does..

markie mark

October 12th, 2011
1:36 pm

Trisha, dont forget in your lecture the Justice Dept and their “Fast and Furious” agenda of law enforcement. Subpoena’s to soon be delivered to the Honorable Eric Holder……

proudamericanannie

October 12th, 2011
1:37 pm

Look at it this way, how many people go to these restaraunts to celebrate birthdays, anniversarys, graduations, etc…………with balloons, banners, disruptive and loud crying children, the drunken relative who feels their table should come before any other……blah blah blah; my point here is do they stop these people from bringing in their disruptive, unwanted party favors into the restaraunt??? So let me get this straight, they can celebrate their birthday and such yet the Kiwanis can’t celebrate their country and freedom???? How can a flag that will not be blowing around be more disruptive than balloons which by the way grab the attention of ALL the other children in the restaraunt? Get a grip people. Have we forgotten what is important? BAD judgement call on the Olive Garden employee who basically implied our flag is of unimportance.

OMG

October 12th, 2011
1:37 pm

@ Let’s laugh. With all the respect to any paying customer, OG by not doing business with that group is not losing, but gaining. Kiwanis is known, and not liked because of their low funds, no spending (cheap menu choices) and holding restaurant space for a long time. Thus, by admitting regular customers who eat, and do not camp out they (OG) stay in business. Almost any facility has a private room to rent out, and thay have to sell, in order to make money. It’s either buy from me, or rent from me. It’s the business, nothing personal, or any discrimination of any kind.

Baboo Ganishgonosh

October 12th, 2011
1:39 pm

I will never go there again! Not because of the flag thing. BECAUSE THEY SERVE NO GOAT!

ironhorzmn

October 12th, 2011
1:40 pm

I LIKE Olive Garden. I hope they correct this misunderstanding very publicly or I won’t be going there again.

Brian

October 12th, 2011
1:41 pm

I care a lot, too, whocares. You are an A$$, imho. I will never eat at any of those three locations again. Morons.

Russ

October 12th, 2011
1:41 pm

No problem, if I were the Kiwanis group I’d just find some place else to have my meetings from now on. What worries me the most though is the thought that seeing an American flag might “disrupt the experience of other customers”.

markie mark

October 12th, 2011
1:42 pm

And as a bonus pop quiz, you can lecture on the upcoming suit of Gibson Guitar vs. The US Dept of Agriculture vis a vis the Lacey Act. Seems that India has objected to Indian wood being used in guitars here, and not being “finished” in India (Google Lacey Act, for those of you who think these things are not important…..kinda like allowing service organizations like Kiwanis from displaying the flag….)

Sorry if this is too far off topic…..

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
1:46 pm

Not far off topic at all..another example of the ever increasing intrusive reach of a federal government that no longer has even the slightest toe grasp on original constitutional intent…

Relationship Expect

October 12th, 2011
1:50 pm

I can visualize Occupy Oxford forming up right now. How many teeth will they have among them? Will they have a tooth between them?

Seriously?

October 12th, 2011
1:51 pm

All of this hype and hysteria over this??? Is Obama going to have to call another Beer Summit at the White House?

I’d much rather see people get in a huff over things like, I dunno, umemployment, high gas prices, high food prices, the War, the increased bank fees, federal debt, bridges to nowhere, personal debt, the housing downturn, missing children, high crime rates, Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen, just to name a few.

Get a life and get a flag!

I've eaten my last meal at Olive Garden!!!!!

October 12th, 2011
1:51 pm

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Misty Fyed

October 12th, 2011
1:52 pm

I’m glad Olive Garden has the constitutionally guaranteed right not to allow the display of the American flag. I’m also glad I have the right not to give them one dime of my money until they change the policy.

At least the democrats will have a place to eat that is free of conservatives.

AmericaFYeah

October 12th, 2011
1:52 pm

1. Olive Garden does not look like Italy. 2. Italy wouldn’t look like Italy were it not for the “Ignorant old white people,” and their (black, brown, yellow, red, etc.) brothers. 3. Olive Garden has a right to ban flags. 4. Olive Garden made a really bad business decision to drive away 20-30 immediate customers and others who will now boycott for not allowing a flag for a couple of hour. 5. Hating our flag and country doesn’t make you inherently smarter. 6. You don’t have to like our flag or our country, but if you don’t, you can get bent. 7. Delta is ready when you are, and I mean that sincerely. It’s a free country. Leave if it makes you this unhappy.

gus darden

October 12th, 2011
1:52 pm

our country, our flag. grow your garden in another country olive ! $$$$$$$$$$$$ is all it’s about. THE NON-UNITED STATES OF CAPITALISM.

Good Grief

October 12th, 2011
1:53 pm

Hey @Worst.Flag.Ever, where are your restaurants in Gwinnett County so we can check them out . . . ??? Curious minds want to know . . .

l morris

October 12th, 2011
1:54 pm

Until they offer an apology to the lady, I’ve eaten my last meal at any Olive Garden.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
1:54 pm

$10 says Buford Hwy

Good Grief

October 12th, 2011
1:57 pm

Safe bet . . .

pb

October 12th, 2011
1:57 pm

Much ado about something not that important. Maybe Olive Garden didn’t want their other customers to be bothered with the huge spectacle and disruption. Nothing against the American flag, but some people try to wrap themselves in it, to be patriotic, and anyone who disagrees with them is not a “true American.” Kind of sad.

fupa

October 12th, 2011
1:58 pm

I love my country but do I have to have the flag/religion thrown in my face wherever I go?

Dale Frey

October 12th, 2011
2:01 pm

The funny part is that Alabama people think that Olive Garden is Italian food. Or should I say I talin food.

Sick

October 12th, 2011
2:02 pm

This makes me sick! What has happened to this country? If the American flag offends you, then leave!

Nancy

October 12th, 2011
2:03 pm

I think Olive Garden made the right decision this time. When does it all stop?? I am a very patriotic person, but why would anyone think it appropriate to bring a big flag into the restaurant for a meeting? Maybe they should have asked about it BEFORE the meeting. There is a place and time for everything, even the American Flag.

willydoit?

October 12th, 2011
2:04 pm

The Olive Garden has the right to say “no” to bringing anything into their dining area.
However, the Kiwanis Club has the right to plan their next banquet at Shoney’s.

Ossie

October 12th, 2011
2:06 pm

So whats the big deal? The biggest news to me is that this article even made the news.

Joe Pitts....American

October 12th, 2011
2:10 pm

It is pretty clear to me which people in this room do not own an American flag that was draped over Mother, or Father, or Sister or, Brothers coffin.There are people in this world that honestly make me sick to my stomach. When the whole world is going to crap, I would have bet on Americans to remember what beliefs founded this country and at what costs that came. Religion, Speech, Right to bear arms, and the right to bring a flag into a business OR the right to keep the flag out. BUT THIS IS AMERICA !!!!!! Allow the flag in because you are proud of where you are. Because we ARE the Land of the FREE !!!!! Wake up America… Pitts Off

Pete

October 12th, 2011
2:10 pm

This is why we need a COMPLETE clean sweep of our socialist – communist federal administration along with a cleansing of the Supreme Court. It will take 10-15 years but if successful a decent, conservative, logical, God fearing government can guide our great country before it slides completely into the abyss.
The ego of man has no limits, nor does his misguided, selfish agendas.

STILL PATRIOTIC

October 12th, 2011
2:11 pm

There is a huge DIFFERENCE in a private establishment not wanting an American Flag in their establishment & not wanting to serve a HUMAN BEING because he/she is of another race/culture/color. Don’t even compare the two, they are two different worlds, worlds apart. Please THINK before you SPEAK, it makes you sound STUPID!

Ummmm?

October 12th, 2011
2:12 pm

I wonder if this restaurant would have turned away the University of Alabama cheerleaders if they had wanted to have a banquet and display a Univerity flag (assuming the manager wasn’t an Auburn fan, a homosexual male, or a plain Jane)?

STILL PATRIOTIC

October 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

The Olive Garden has that RIGHT to refuse to have the American Flag or ANY flag for that matter in their establishment. People, get over it & move on. We have so much more going on in America to deal with.

Ang

October 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

I will never dine at any of Darden restaurants again! What a shame!

lady mondegreen

October 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

so, some jingo got upset when someone else didn’t share his rabid, biased form of ‘patriotism’ – so what? allow this joker’s flag in & the next thing you know, he’s going to have everyone reciting the ‘pledge of allegiance’ before they sit down and praying to HIS god and only his god
love it or leave it/conform or die/be like me or be trash/you are free to be like me in a free country

scanner

October 12th, 2011
2:13 pm

wow there are lot more important things to boycott and this is not one of them!

John

October 12th, 2011
2:14 pm

This is the United States of America. An American flag is appropriate in any setting. American flags are draped over the coffins of U.S. Servicemen and women at funerals…they are flown in front of many buildings, public or private. Some flags are probably not appropriate. It’s interesting how many American flags I saw proudly displayed on vehicles after 9-11…now I only see college flags on cars during a football weekend.

Rick Swanson

October 12th, 2011
2:14 pm

Guess I will never eat at an Olive Garden again. Make that a Red Lobster also. It is America and was a patriotic group! If the flag offended you move or just don’t look at . They have to so politically correct with other groups the US Flag an issue? Pretty sad. Their generation lost quite a few members defending our freedom!

John Wayne wannabe

October 12th, 2011
2:15 pm

Maybe the Darden group should explore a private dinning area it could help them with their business plan. Then a display of the flag or whatever would be out of the common view. But really I’ve been there when some bothersome big groups ie whinning kids, drunk folks with too much vino or just too darn loud folks sit down there and ruin my meal. On the other hand the “Microwave Garden” isn’t a 4-star eatery. I like the place most of the time but it is just one step up from the drive-thru window places. So everyone make a choice to go or not to go. It is still mostly a free country !

I hate Olive Garden

October 12th, 2011
2:16 pm

If they were going to be allowed to have a banquet in the restaurant, they should allowed to bring in whatever they want. It isn’t like some guy wanted to come in and put up a flag, but the American flag should be allowed anywhere!!!

W Blicker

October 12th, 2011
2:16 pm

Olive Garden has seen the last of my money.
When a business in America is afraid of letting the flag be displayed things have gone too far.
The sight of the American flag in America is OK.
Because or if you’re offended about it or by it doesn’t mean you’re right.
Enough is enough.
You and Who Cares can go flush yourselves.

RGB

October 12th, 2011
2:17 pm

The “patriotic left” in abundance in an all-you-can-eat blog.

Wanda Brewster

October 12th, 2011
2:18 pm

Will not eat at Olive Garden again Seems like everyone else has the freedom but Americans.yeah that is a little scary.

FB

October 12th, 2011
2:18 pm

We’re not talking about some banner . . or pants falling down below one’s crack. We’re talking about the American flag . . . a symbol of this country which a “true” American would understand. It is time for the respect of the flag to be brought to the forefront . . . there are (and have been) many who have given their lives for what this flag stands for . . . if you don’t get that then maybe you aren’t a true American. Yes there is a time and place for some things . . but that does not include this country’s flag!

SillyDogs

October 12th, 2011
2:19 pm

I’m a doctor and the next time I deliver a baby, I’ll have tattoo artist tattoo the baby with the US Flag on his/her forehead….and if the parents protest I’ll call them unpatriotic and un-American. Give me a break people…..Private property rights are just as American as the Stars and Stripes themselves.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
2:20 pm

@still patriotic

There is no difference..you either have control of your own establishment or you do not. .once you cede any, you lose all. This is now being seen in CA with the ban on Foie Gras..a legal substance, yet denied arbitrarily by the state because other people felt offended. The day i care what another human being thinks or wants, in deference of my own wishes, is the day after I die…

and assuming the manager is an AU grad might be a safe one..the parking valet is the Bama grad..

PETER

October 12th, 2011
2:20 pm

THEY WANTED KIWANIS MEETING SO 40-50-100 PEOPLE WOULD COME SPEND THERE
MONEY
ALL KIWANIS MEETING HAVE A FLAG AND START WITH THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGANCE
LET’S ALL BOYCOTT OLIVE GARDEN–
KEEP YOU LITTLE FLAG PINS !

Lester Mattox

October 12th, 2011
2:22 pm

So yall er sayin a private bid’ness should have the right to say what they will and will not allow in their PRIVATE PROPERTY place of bid’ness? Whoda thunk.

FinanceBuzz

October 12th, 2011
2:22 pm

Let me preface this by saying I am not some left-wing, “hate America first,” hate the flag person. I am very conservative and that type of perspective gets me quite steamed. That being said, my initial reaction at the headline was irritation, but when I read the story, I don’t see how OG acted unreasonably. This was not some political protest against the flag, a move that would have incensed me had that been the case. Rather, this was about the logistics of displaying a flag or any other banner (note that no other banner was allowed either) in the main dining room as opposed to a a private dining area. First, off if having a meeting in the restaurant main dining room involves more than merely sitting around the table talking and eating, I would wonder if the restaurant was the appropriate place for meeting. Then, if you throw in setting up banners and such, you well may take away from the peaceful dining experience with other customers. There is something called being considerate of others and, no matter how civic-minded and no matter how patriotic you are, going into a dining room and undertaking actions that disturb others is not very considerate.

SillyDogs

October 12th, 2011
2:22 pm

Fox News reported that the Manager at this particular location was of Iranian descent on his father’s side. This disrespect will not be tolerated – President Obama is reviewing all military options against Iran.

FB

October 12th, 2011
2:23 pm

Oxford Native . . . businesses aren’t allowed to “control” their environments . . if that were the case they could control who they allowed in and they wouldn’t have to adhere to health inspections . . because, as you say “a business being able to control their environment . . . is part of their product.” The flag was being brought as part of the organization’s gathering and was a temporary fixture . .

Keith Stone

October 12th, 2011
2:23 pm

whocares, where does it say anything about it being an ENORMOUS flag? Maybe you think the flags people wave at parades are big so a standard size one must be ENORMOUS.

William

October 12th, 2011
2:24 pm

Lets see? No Flag, No pledge to the flag and no praying to our GOD. ( Unless you are muslim) Yes lets boycott The olive Gardens,Red Lobster and the longhorns. There are plenty of places to eat. However the Whitehouse profits wife may not approve your choice!

mike

October 12th, 2011
2:24 pm

What a nut case. I am a vet and I don’t want to eat and look at the flag. Next time get a private dining room and stop being stupid. Or better yet go finance your own place of business then you can do what you want. Plus you will give the other goobers posting here in your favor some where to go.

homer

October 12th, 2011
2:26 pm

Too bad Olive Garden is going to have to endure the wrath of the flag wavers. I suppose they should have been a little bit more sensitive considering it is Oxford, Alabama. Suppose it had been a group celebrating Gay Pride week and they brought a big rainbow flag and some banners? Would that have been okay with 80 year old Marti Warren and the Kiwanis club of Oxford, Alabama had they had the opportunity to share a dining room with a group of proud gay people?

Nate G

October 12th, 2011
2:26 pm

Probably their business what they want to display; however, their food sucks, so who cares!

Hayseed Dixie

October 12th, 2011
2:27 pm

Private establishments don’t *have* to display jack, buddy. They can do as they see fit.

That’s something I’ll gladly fight and die for.

Ga Peech

October 12th, 2011
2:28 pm

No more Olive Garden for our family. Period.

G.I. Joe

October 12th, 2011
2:30 pm

all you liberals that dont love the flag of our great Nation,go to North Korea or Cuba or China where you belong

Bluto

October 12th, 2011
2:30 pm

Homer if Marti Warren is OK with a rainbow flag next to Old Glory what would you say? Looks like you are just trying to pick a fight.
You=Fail

Glenn McDonald

October 12th, 2011
2:30 pm

Typical Idiotic American Behavior.

John Morgan

October 12th, 2011
2:30 pm

OG will stand up for their rights until their businesses start going belly up. Maybe there are enough Democrats to keep them in business, but these days I doubt it.

John Morgan

October 12th, 2011
2:32 pm

Throw Red Lobster in there also.

Bobo

October 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

The patron was told that his organization could not tack the American flag to the restaurant wall. That’s a perfectly acceptable policy, but perhaps it wasn’t communicated well by the restaurant staff.

George Mathis

October 12th, 2011
2:33 pm

Olive Garden has issued an apology, the story has been updated” “We do not have a policy at Olive Garden concerning bringing the American flag into our restaurants. Some members of our team were misinformed about company policy by our corporate office.”

AmyG

October 12th, 2011
2:34 pm

all you “right” folks need to form an “Occupy Olive Garden” movement….government is killing capitalism, but we’ll boycott over the flag (which is the very thing that allowed the Olive GArden to say no in the first place)……

John Morgan

October 12th, 2011
2:34 pm

Do NO business with Darden restaurants! Olive Garden and Red Lobster.

Call it like it is

October 12th, 2011
2:34 pm

You know just like anything, it’s their restaurant and they have the right to do as they wish and serve to whom they want to. With that being said there are consequences to their actions. You have a local civic club with national ties that does a tremendous amount in their communities. Is this really the battle you want to fight? If so more power to you, but if the guys don’t come back, and their national chapters don’t come back, you only have yourself to blame. Wouldn’t be shocked if this particular Olive Garden gets it doors closed for their actions. But hey they stood their ground for what its worth.

Jim

October 12th, 2011
2:36 pm

Whatever happened to respecting the colors? Who cares about the decor of the OG! Remember all those men and women that paid the ultimate sacrifice to allow you the right to disagree with something like this! I am disappointed in the OG and all of those that think this is ok.
Signed,
Disgruntled Army retiree

homer

October 12th, 2011
2:36 pm

I think we all know how the Ron and Rand Paul followers feel about private property rights. Thank goodness for the Civil Rights Act. No one at Olive Garden was infringing upon Marti’s rights on the basis of race, creed, colorr, religion or sexual orientation. Marti and her group were welcome to dine in the restaurant. Only the flag and the banners were unwelcome. There are some restaurants that wouldn’t welcome Marti if she showed up in a warm up suit and Rockports. That’s just the way it is.

Mark

October 12th, 2011
2:37 pm

I guess if I wanted to go a restaurant fully naked but painted with an American flag, I should automatically have the right to do so? Rules are rules, there was no saying “no AMERICAN flags”, it was just that flags in general, which is similar to the “no shirt, no shoes, no service” rules. Maybe I should go into such a place barefoot, and if they kick me out, and I can protest saying that as an American I have a right to go barefoot.

Neverending Breadstix

October 12th, 2011
2:39 pm

Vive la france! ?

Bluescat

October 12th, 2011
2:40 pm

Never going there

Tom T

October 12th, 2011
2:41 pm

I didn’t see anywhere that it said it was a huge flag. This is the United States of America. It’s a free country. If you don’t like that idea then move to England or Australia.

Jake

October 12th, 2011
2:41 pm

I care also. I will never spend another american dollar in olive garden.

BobDawg

October 12th, 2011
2:43 pm

I haven’t graced an Olive Garden in years… Went there one time and had a “garlic” hangover ever since… Now I will never step foot in there….

Midtown123

October 12th, 2011
2:45 pm

Who eats at that dump anyway?

CAptain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
2:46 pm

While we’re on the subject of boycotting restaurants, how about “Yum Foods” that own fast food places including KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.They are lobbying the Kentucky state government to allow the use of food stamps in its restaurants. Next time you go in, you get to stand behind some welfare Queen with five kids loading them up on KFC on your tax dollars. Oh’ and you better not have a problem with it else she gone call her cousins’ on her “SafeLink” government phone and they gone be waitin for you in the parking lot. Only in America.

Rose Henry

October 12th, 2011
2:47 pm

From what the article says, the flag was being brought in as part of the Civic Organization’s program. A lot of these orgs pledge to the flag as part of opening their meetings.

disabled vet

October 12th, 2011
2:48 pm

I guess this country has forgotten we lived and died for our flag and country and what it stands for . we are losing our rights and religion of being American.

SIGMONICUS

October 12th, 2011
2:48 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle, you’re such an anamoly: a skinhead with a vocabulary! Robert Jay Mathews was a common thief but you idolize him because he kicked a coupla bucks to some aryan extremists? I’m guessing you’re not down with flag-burning but can’t enough cross-burning. PS – Cam Newton is black.

freecountry

October 12th, 2011
2:48 pm

No one has to allow any type of flag into their restaurant. The whole country gets in a tizzy when they see a confederate flag, so why not just play it safe and don’t allow any flags. fair is fair. You go Alabama!

homer

October 12th, 2011
2:48 pm

Bluto, if Marti Warren and her kids and grand kids would be perfectly okay with sitting next to a group of Gay Pride revelers with their rainbow flags and banners in the dining room of the Oxford, Alabama Olive Garden, then I would say “Who would have imagined?”

I think you get the point. If it’s okay with the Kiwanis Club then where do you draw the line?

Dang it!

October 12th, 2011
2:48 pm

I started to comment that this was a store-level faux pas, but, I didn’t. The question now is will the manager get the ax or some corporate training?

Retired (Iraqi) Soldier

October 12th, 2011
2:50 pm

Olive Garden is no place for a U.S. flag.
Flags are meant to be draped across the caskets of soldiers who were too stupid or too slow to get out of the way of incoming ordinance.
In other words, the flag is a symbol of stupidity, and Olive Garden has excellent pasta.

Fritz

October 12th, 2011
2:51 pm

Wow!!! I’ve been reading the comments on this and a number of other web sites and it scares the hell out of me. The number of “superpatriots” in this country is absolutely amazing. The flag is, after all, a piece of cloth with colors and figures printed on it. It is not some kind of holy substance. It is designed to represent our country, nothing more and nothing less. People have not died for the flag, but rather died because they were put into a situation where they were forced to fight for their life, and unfortunately lost it. I wonder how many “die for their country” people would make that choice if put up against a wall? In case you are wondering, yes, I am an Army vet with an honorable discharge. If my service didn’t give me the right not to get worked up about Olive Garden not letting a bunch of old duffs hang a flag on the wall, then what was it for?

Dave in Marietta

October 12th, 2011
2:51 pm

America is no longer the home of the free and the brave as the flag represents, among other things. It’s the home of the “if u aint just like me ur a komminist, now git out b4 I kill ya”.

God Hates Flags

October 12th, 2011
2:51 pm

This obscene flag that you love to cry over and pledge allegiance to is the reason God hates this country and the reason it is failing miserably.

LRAdams

October 12th, 2011
2:52 pm

There are a lot of military personnel stationed at the *Anniston Army Depot* and quite a few retired veterans. Anniston has one of the top VA Hospitals in the country. Oxford Alabama is about 8-9 miles away. The Olive Garden may have missed them* if so* they would be the men and women with missing limbs or prosthesis body parts.

Here is where a lot of them maybe found*

6 cemeteries in a city that has a population of 23,606. I wonder who is buried in these cemeteries. All they want is a little respect not praise* just resect.

Forest Lawn Gardens
aftercareplanning.com – 802 Golden Springs Road, Anniston – (256) 237-3611

Anniston Memorial Gardens
maps.google.com – 4000 US Highway 431, Anniston – (256) 820-4611

Maple Grove Cemetery & Chapel
maps.google.com – 4000 US Highway 431, Anniston – (256) 820-4058

Edgemont Cemetery
maps.google.com – 3555 Noble Street, Anniston – (256) 231-7640

Dogwood Trail Memorial Gardens
maps.google.com – 34 Hamric Drive East, Oxford – (256) 832-0606

Oxford Memorial Gardens
maps.google.com – 100 Mckibbon Street, Oxford – (256) 831-3133

Roswell Preacher

October 12th, 2011
2:53 pm

Fritz:
You can take your socialist-loving carp and go back to China.
These colors don’t run!
Go Dawgs!

Hearth

October 12th, 2011
2:56 pm

If any of you have ever served in the military, sometimes, the flag, IS the only thing to hold on too. There is nothing crazy about displaying the US Flag, regardless of the occasion.

Fritz

October 12th, 2011
2:57 pm

Roswell Preacher
“socialist-loving carp” ???????????

Proud American

October 12th, 2011
2:57 pm

The problem is that America is becoming everybody else’s country but ours!!!!!
We need more of the RED, WHITE, AND BLUE out there to show our love and respect for not only our country but for those that fight so bravely to protect us………………..those that are complaining about getting over it………………why don’t you put on the soldier uniform (fatigues) and go to battle everyday in another country where you don’t have the freedom to choose where or what you eat!!!!!
If you don’t like it here, and can’t appreciate the sacifices others make for you……………..PACK YOUR BAGS!!!!!!!!!!

Kirkwood

October 12th, 2011
2:59 pm

I, like a number of the other comments, care a LOT. Thank goodness Olive Garden (Darden Restaurants) already see the error of their ways and have printed an apology. Good for them.
It might not be an idol to some of the people who have slipped in here illegally or to some of those we should ship out immediately but to those of us who have fought for her it still means that she is worth fighting for . I further think that the person who refused to let them bring it in to the restaurant needs to be looking for work in China, North Korea, Iran or Venzuela. God Bless the USA !!!!

Joseph Castner

October 12th, 2011
3:01 pm

*who cares and jj* Olive Garden is NOT a private restaurant. They did not have a ‘private’ dining area. I care a lot about this deal. I’m a MARINE and I served ‘honorably and proudly’. When a company does this it burns me to the core. No where does it say what size flag it was. ‘Quit wrapping yourself in a flag’, ’stop treating the flag like an idol’, ‘go for hours without seeing an American Flag’. It’s comments like these that let me know that the people that make these comments don’t give a DAMN about this country. If you don’t like the Flag or what she stands for and represents, maybe you need to find another country.

GulfVet49

October 12th, 2011
3:01 pm

Maybe you snobs are offended by the display of our flag, that’s fine and dandy. I fought and bled for your right to say so and I am deeply offended by those type of comments. Just remember where your right to say so comes from.

CommonSense11

October 12th, 2011
3:05 pm

Let’s all leave fairy land for just a sec. Does anyone really go to Olive Garden for the “Italian experience”? NO! You go because you like to eat pasta and free breadsticks. I can’t remember a time when I pretended I was in Italy when I ate at the Olive Garden. We live in AMERICA – should it ruin our experience if there is an AMERICAN flag hanging in an establishment? Try living in Mexico or Russia for a while. You will probably come back waving your AMERICAN flag and wearing your red, white and blue shirt to sit down and enjoy a meal at Olive Garden!

William

October 12th, 2011
3:05 pm

The american flag stands for Freedom,Justice and Equality, but not those principles soley. It also stands for the genocide of the indigenous peoples, the kidnapping and suppression of African peoples and subsequent racial violence that has continued to this day. I for one cannot say that I respect and admire the flag for ALL that it represents. I do respect the IDEALS that it represents. Each individual should be allowed to express themselves as it pertains to the flag and what they feel it means to them, without reprise. Olive Garden has the right to not allow a patron to bring a flag into their establishment and that individual has the right to choose not to eat there. If we allow public outcry and public persecution to dictate our actions and beliefs ,then where are we as a nation?

Leann

October 12th, 2011
3:06 pm

To all of you IDIOTS that think the American Flag is just that, it represents so so so much more! We have family members who have died to give us the right for so many things, in the past, present and they will be fighting for our freedom for many years to come! An American Flag should be allowed anywhere, at anytime….period!!

AB

October 12th, 2011
3:06 pm

Wow really you should want to see an AMERICAN FLAG 24/7!! This is a free country & with as many women & men we have in the arm forces we should never say “its a private restaurant” Man be proud to be an AMERICAN!!

jope20

October 12th, 2011
3:06 pm

Are you liberal AZZ Holes for real….first of all thier food sucks with a captal SSSS. Coming from a proud Italian American….and yes any group who is there as a large grou, which OG knew were coming, should be allowed to place a flag on the table. If you illeterate people did some research it is not a OG policy. Do some research before you open your ignorant liberal moths!

mushroom garden

October 12th, 2011
3:07 pm

That is what they should call the place since just about abut everything they serve is mushroom based.

fOb

October 12th, 2011
3:08 pm

Apparently, the company called corporate, and corporate said “no.” I don’t know if the issue was the pole on which the flag was to be hung (were they worried someone would sue if they got hit with it or poked with it), or if the issue was that everyone was going to get up and recite the pledge (that could be a tad of a problem if everyone were eating and suddenly someone decided to bring a flag in and do the pledge–it would annoy me in the middle of dinner–as I’d feel obliged to stand and join in), or if the issue was the size of the flag (which might mess with the decorations if they wanted to hang it). If they do the same thing with any banner (maybe they won’t hang up a “Happy Birthday” banner either), then it kind of makes sense. We only have the side of the story coming from the Kiwanis member and an apology from Olive Garden about miscommunication–it’s hard to know what the actual issue was. I will bet, though, that it will not happen again and OG doesn’t seem particularly anti-flag.

jope20

October 12th, 2011
3:09 pm

WIliam are you for real??? What a stupid puke you are…go back to the dirtbag country you illegally came from!

T in Chicago

October 12th, 2011
3:09 pm

I think what is missing here is that OG catered a luncheon for an organization that is known to display the flag at all luncheons and then denied them that right when it was too late for the organization to reschedule their luncheon elsewhere. I’m sure OG still charged them for the catering. Would you cater a Shrine Circus luncheon and ban clowns? Really…. It’s not so much about the flag as it is good business. What was OG thinking when they bid on the catering?

Norman Keith

October 12th, 2011
3:11 pm

I am an american first and foremost, this country of ours is forgetting what it took to have the liberties that we possess. Freedom does not come cheap it is paid in blood. Less we not forget and by the way The American Flag, these colors do not run.
Where is the pride and patronage that we once had? I still believe in the american way of life and there is no other place I would rather be. I am a patriot and I love my american flag and have served in the past for what she believes in, freedom for all.
Thanks
NK

Legaltype

October 12th, 2011
3:12 pm

It’s so refreshing to see that everyone’s lives are so carefree that they had to pick THIS to fuss about. Don’t know about you all, but I have more things in my life to worry about than whether Olive Garden will let someone hang a flag in their restaurant.

ash

October 12th, 2011
3:12 pm

How many kids these days can recite the pledge of allegiance? Not that many since they took it out of schools. What happened to patriotism? No wonder this country is going in the pooper. People these days have no loyalty to their country. Olive Garden’s food sucked the last few times I went and it was over-priced. This is the icing on the cake. Good bye Olive Garden.

Taffys Mom

October 12th, 2011
3:12 pm

Like there weren’t enough reasons NOT to eat at Olive Garden. The food is loaded with calories and sodium. This is good to know. I never eat at the Olive Garden near our house and I will never eat there again.

RICHARD

October 12th, 2011
3:13 pm

OLIVE GARDEN and a few of you smart ass youngsters that have no respect for yourselves or your country.just do not get what this is about.

OBurruz

October 12th, 2011
3:14 pm

It matters to me also, fit with the decor, it fits well, who saved their A$$ during WWII, along with the rest of th European Nations! It should fit each one of their DECORS!!!

GulfVet49

October 12th, 2011
3:14 pm

Since this is an Atlanta Urinal-Constipation article one should expect this type of disrespect from the pathetic libtards that are on this blog. If you don’t like what I have to say that TS see the Chaplain you inelegant dullards.

Bob

October 12th, 2011
3:14 pm

It’s the Kiwanis Club, fer cryin’ out loud! I assume the club had made arrangements beforehand for X number of chairs, tables, etc. for their meeting. I also assume they were eating there. I additionally assume that any bozo manager who agreed to having a local charitable club use their facility for a meeting would bring their flags, etc.
YES, Olive Garden has EVERY right not to allow the flags. And the Kiwanis have every right to find another place to hold their meetings and pay for their food. A place where PC BS is not served with breadsticks.

nellie eggiman

October 12th, 2011
3:15 pm

if the person that didt want to let the man show the flag in his restaraunt, he shouldnt be in this country working let him go back to where he grew up in he has no right to do what he did and expect to stay here if he doesnt repect our beliefs and he doesnt need our money

SheilaG

October 12th, 2011
3:15 pm

I am all American and have great respect for the flag. I do feel that if they were having a banquet and wanted to fly the flag, they should have selected a restaurant with a private dining room. I would find the banguet itself to be disturbing if I was out for dinner.

SIGMONICUS

October 12th, 2011
3:15 pm

Hey jope20, speaking of doing your research…you misspelled “illiterate”…

Thank you!

October 12th, 2011
3:16 pm

To all the vets who fought, bleed, or died so that we can have the freedoms we enjoy, THANK YOU!!!

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:16 pm

A better reason to not eat at Olive Garden is to avoid the terrible slop they serve patrons

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
3:16 pm

Proud American, well said sir.. Freecountry, you are mistaken sir, the whole country doesn’t go into a tizzy when the Confederate battle flag is displayed. Only liberals and the NAACP who’ve yet to figure out they have MUCH bigger problems than the Confederate flag. Which by the way is embraced by most “true” Southerners.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:17 pm

Screw the flag YES I SAID IT

paul phipps

October 12th, 2011
3:18 pm

Im will never darken their door again I loved olive garden but im DONE

Dave in Marietta

October 12th, 2011
3:18 pm

To all the chefs who made the crappy food at Olive Garden, we demand an apology.

jw

October 12th, 2011
3:20 pm

Perhaps the bigger issue is lack of RESPECT! Those who complain and deny your American Flag to be flown should A. Learn some RESPECT for your country or B. Move to another country. Those of you who question the meaning of the American flag click on the following link for a little refresher course on its meaning, http://www.lightamericaspirit.org/meaningoftheamericanflag.html Hopefully, this will help you open your eyes to America not just being one big melting pot for you to come in and reap ALL the benfits of living here and not showing ANY appreciation..but remind you that people faught and died for you to sit and complain about everything…I say get a life and show some respect. Shame on you Darden and Olive Garden, perhaps you need to be in Italy and not throughout the US….just sayin

Netbanker

October 12th, 2011
3:21 pm

Oh for goodness sake people! It wasn’t OLIVE GARDEN the corporation…it was that specific location. Talk about over reacting…even the Kiwanis Club over reacted. They can’t hold a meeting without the flag?!

Bytor2112

October 12th, 2011
3:21 pm

Whocares, a Kiwanis Club meeting is the time and place for a display of the flag! I’m hopeful that they found a more open minded establishment that will not discriminate against a patriotic display. With any luck, Olive Garden will suffer some financial fallout from their short sighted and wantonly stupid decision.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:21 pm

Sorry JW it’s just a rectangular piece of dyed and stitched cotton get over yourself

Will Stockdale

October 12th, 2011
3:23 pm

Hey Ben, maybe you’ll get to like the Air Force. Zooming all over the sky and shouting ROGER and WILCO and everything. Maybe it won’t be so bad.

P.S. Olive Garden food makes me want to VOMIT.

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
3:23 pm

Billy Mays here, your button pushing skills are Lame buddy.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:23 pm

I actually want to eat at Olive Garden again because all the reactionary hayseeds have vowed to stay away… gahahaha, who am I kidding. You’ll “boycott” Olive Garden for a month or two maybe, then you piggies will be back at the slop trough.

john matthew crevis

October 12th, 2011
3:25 pm

Did they still hold the meeting there?

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
3:26 pm

“piggies”.. that’s good. Wow Billyboy are you penpals with Manson or what?

jw

October 12th, 2011
3:26 pm

Billy Mays…maybe you can’t read…but it’s okay…I’m sure there are programs that Americans fund to teach you how. The link says it all…but I supposed you’d prefer to go do another line of cocaine…one word sums you up FOOL!

buttz

October 12th, 2011
3:27 pm

i will go with all you peeple that say og has the right to do with thier property
what they will but then that must include everything

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:27 pm

Care detected.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
3:27 pm

@SIGMONICUS

Much as the sheep stream media (current forum included) have demonized the TeaParty Patriot movement as ignorant hillbillies (when in fact, the average education level and Income level is Higher than either GOP or DNC , inclusively), they have for decades tried to paint White Nationalism as fringe and attractive to low IQs. I am not here today to correct that, but I will say I move in highly technical and professional circles, and there is growing presence ..an awakening, a realization among white middle class professionals in this country, that the program of forced multiculturalism and political correctness of the past quarter century has done irreparable harm to their futures, and they shudder to think of the fast approaching future of their children if things are not halted and reversed. Tough economic times have, thru out history, acted as catalysts..we may be , by design, off the radar much more than a bunch of 20 yr old anarcho-socialists in NYC, but we are a thousand times more effective.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:28 pm

You’re embarrassing Auburn alums and fans everywhere, Trisha

GDAWGS23

October 12th, 2011
3:28 pm

YES. GO DAWGS!!!

ditto, who cares

October 12th, 2011
3:28 pm

First…. Why is this even in the news? Oxford, Alabama…. Who cares? Slow news day?

Second…. Is every organization that wants to have a “banquet” at Olive Garden allowed to bring in any flags and banners that they want? That could actually become controversial (ex. gay pride, KKK, etc.)

Third…. “I was so angry. I felt like I had been slapped in the face.” – Marti Warren. You would think someone with 80 years under their belt would have developed some semblance of a life and realize that there are important things in this world to be outraged over.

and finally, “banquet” is a strong term considering that Olive Garden is a sorry excuse for an Italian restaurant, but in the glorified truck stop that is Oxford, it’s the best they’ve got.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:28 pm

these uber “patriots” are so pathetic! they HATE OBAMA and think thats being patriotic since hes a black, go figure!

Who Cares?

October 12th, 2011
3:30 pm

The imposter “whocares” who placed the initial post is an idiot. This is America, well for now anyway. If the citizens of this country don’t start letting it be known that this is America, we’ll be living in a foreign land. Some might argue that we already are. We already have to tolerate too much idiocy in our society, due to the pandering of the bed wetting liberals. Have a backbone and turn this ship around! Enough stupidity is enough. With that said, the email that was sent by Olive Garden responding to questions pertaining to this incident showed that they had enough sense to realize the financial implications of this situation. Obviously, if you want your message heard and responded to, hit these companies in the wallet. They’ve proven they have no sensual perception anywhere except their wallet.

Legaltype

October 12th, 2011
3:32 pm

I see a lot of people talking about respecting our country. What most of you need to remember is that our country (or our land) and our government are two different things. I love my country. I think our government is horrible. And for those of you who try to say that our country and our government are one and the same, then the truth is that our country doesn’t give a crap about any of us. In fact, there are millions of people in this country right now who are struggling terribly because of our country/government. And speaking of respect, does our country (government) respect the people that fight for it once they return home? Go ask that question to one of these poor guys or girls that come home handicapped from serving their country. Does the government care? If they do, they sure are slack about showing it. Sure you get free healthcare, but in order to get it you have to go to a VA hospital. I wouldn’t send my dog to a VA hospital. The flag is very important, but with everything horrible going on in today’s society, I’m just saying that most people have more things to get upset over than whether a local chain restaurant does or does not allow a flag during a banquet.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
3:32 pm

@ Billy Mays Here

..well you died last year, so…you can’t be embarrassed

Rick

October 12th, 2011
3:34 pm

My family and I will never eat there or their affiliates agan.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:34 pm

You can, and should be Trisha

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:35 pm

People just like to be passive aggressive online no one’s actually going to stop eating at Olive Garden

jope20

October 12th, 2011
3:35 pm

SIGMONICUS so sorry you are correct….my fingers aren’t as fast as my old brain!

OliveAmerica

October 12th, 2011
3:36 pm

People talk about the size of the flag (not that it matters) but I don’t see any reference to the size of the flag in the article.

jope20

October 12th, 2011
3:36 pm

BILLY MAYS HERE

You are wrong …I will never eat at OG……it’s not really Italian!!!!

Tim Genest

October 12th, 2011
3:38 pm

Olive Garden has a right to ban the flag and I have a right to take my business else where. If you want to serve Americans at least act like someone who supports Americans.

jope20

October 12th, 2011
3:38 pm

OliveAmerica

I read another article and it stated they wanted to place a flag on the tables??? Not sure if this is fact or not???

louann brown

October 12th, 2011
3:39 pm

Enter your comments here

OliveAmerica

October 12th, 2011
3:39 pm

Billy you don’t know me so you shouldn’t make blanket assumptions like that. I’m actually going to stop eating at the Olive Garden now. I never liked their food anyway, only ever went with family.

louann brown

October 12th, 2011
3:40 pm

No more Olive Garden for me. When their business declines, I hope they know the reason why!!

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:41 pm

the flag is just a symbol not something to be worshipped

Quivery

October 12th, 2011
3:41 pm

For those of you who think that Olive Garden was right, you need to move immediately to another country.

DJN

October 12th, 2011
3:41 pm

I am a proud american citizen. Shame on Olive Garden. America is good enough to make money on, but not good enough to fly our flag…sad

Debbie Hudson

October 12th, 2011
3:41 pm

Sheesh, it was just a misunderstanding of corporate policies. Olive Garden does not have a corporate policy against displaying the US flag. So, enough with the boycotting stuff. IMHO all this huffing and puffing is ignorant.

sylvia

October 12th, 2011
3:41 pm

We recently had a birthday at Olive Garden in Jackson TN for an exchange student from Japan. We didn’t hang any flags, but had birthday cake and gifts to celebrate the occasion. Nothing was over bearing for the other customers to be forced to endure, and we even offered cup cakes to those around us. The staff was kind and generous with thier time and service. Perhaps, the club wanting a flag could have opted for a centerpiece with a small flag for thier celebration and enjoyment. I appreciate the decor at Olive Garden, the old world charm of Italy. However, I can appreciate and respect those that wanted to celebrate a moment of American history that has endured over the years to represent our patriotism. We have to start working with each other to accomplish happy mediums. Just look where our country is now, with it’s lack of Unity and cooperation in government. This incident only proves to me that we need to start offering solutions from the people up-wards. Cooperate with each other, and show our Government how it is supposed to be done.

jw

October 12th, 2011
3:42 pm

@jope20…if that is true then Olive Garden did them a favor as the flag is never to touch anything beneath it

daddio

October 12th, 2011
3:43 pm

You’re right, it is their right to refuse to let them bring the flag in. But it is exceptionally stupid to do so. This is for a banquet and I’m sure they paid for the room. Therefore, as far as I’m concerned if the want to hang up pictures of Hitler, it’s constitutionally legal. As far as the crazy old lady is concerned you people need some respect slapped on you. This woman grew up during WWII. Do any of you even know the Allies saved the frickin’ world? Believe me their generation had a lot more class and BALLS the the current one. You people are screwing yourselves with your tollerance and you don’t even realize it. I puke from you. Glad I won’t be around when the muslims overrun you, gain control of congress and start outlawing our beliefs.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:44 pm

nobody is more racist than these rightwing PEE PARTIERS who hates anything black or brown

Darden Waiver

October 12th, 2011
3:44 pm

You won’t be surprised to know that the Darden chain including Olive Garden and Red Lobster recieved one of the precious waivers from Obamacare…

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:45 pm

@quivery

no its u who needs to move! buh bye

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:46 pm

@darden

here we go, blame it on OBAMA, priceless! thanks for your unbiased analysis,lol

GulfVet49

October 12th, 2011
3:46 pm

It seems like the liberals are hypocrites on the one hand they preach tolerance but on the other hand they are the most intolerant people when someone espouses another opinion. Liberals stop resorting to name calling when you don’t have facts to back your arguments.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:48 pm

i use the flag to wipe my butt. does that make me anti american? lol

Scott Hanselman

October 12th, 2011
3:48 pm

If you read the article you would see it was for a banquet. Presumably, they would have a section of the restaurant to themselves where all of you easily offended idiots wouldn’t have to deign to gaze at the US flag. This country dismays me no end.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:49 pm

i’m glad OLIVE GARDEN stood up to these racist “patriotic” fools

RetiredVet

October 12th, 2011
3:49 pm

Read it again. She refused because it was NOT the flag of the country she grew up in.That tells me she would honor and alow a flag ONLY if it was of the country she grew up in. Her patriatism is there but not for The United States of America, where she is allowed freedom of speech. Another foreigner getting more rights than the true american that was born here and fought for their country. Shoot me now, I have seen it all!

DENNIS SANTORO

October 12th, 2011
3:50 pm

IT’S CLEAR TO SEE AFTER READING THESE COMMENTS WHY THE USA IS GOING DOWN THE TUBES. ALL YOU ANTI AMERICAN CLOWNS NEED TO GO TO IRAN. OUR FLAG SHOULD NOT BE BANNED FROM HANGING ANYWHERE A PERSON WANTS TO BRING IT AND WE SHOULD ALL BE PROUD TO SEE IT STILL FLYING

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:50 pm

I don’t think Olive Garden really “stood up to” anyone inasmuch as they just ignored them (as they should).

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:51 pm

If it makes any of you feel any better the flag was probably made in China anyway

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:51 pm

these same uber patriots call the president every racist name they can think of but theyre so offended by this, lol

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:52 pm

American’ts

Niatzu

October 12th, 2011
3:52 pm

I couldn’t tell from the article if the group had a private room for their banquet. If so a banner or flag probably wouldn’t have disrupted things. Though..what if it’s been a confederate flag? Or maybe a swastika? I went to my husbands farewell lunch for the Navy and we didn’t bring a flag with us. Though most of the folks were in uniform. Honestly I’d like to see a no kid policy for the nicer restaurants. I’m tired of paying for a sitter to have a nice evening out with my husband only to have to listen to someone else’s kid.

budman

October 12th, 2011
3:52 pm

You can have a Marine color guard opening the door and wall to wall American flags…it would take a lot more than that to get me to eat what is a horrible meal and the service I experienced was piss poor. Oh!! everyone is a super patriotic now. They are probable the ones who spit on me when I was in San Fran coming back from Vietnam. Doesn’t matter anymore.
I still remember the guy who was arrested in Atlanta in the late 1960’s. He had an American flag patch on his jeans. and was charged with disrepecting the flag…now it’s a fashion statment. I don’t care if they had a Nazi flag in there, still not going…I really don’t eat food that smells like an arm pit.Right on legaltype…I wouldn’t let the VA treat my animals either…It’s a good place to go and die…that’s about it.

John Flag

October 12th, 2011
3:52 pm

I respect the fact that they have the right not to allow the American Flag in their place.I also have the right not to visit their place. Never like their food anyways and after this I WILL NEVER GO IN THEIR PLACE and I will ask many of my friends not to go their to.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:53 pm

@dennis

so if someone wanted to display a flag on your private property they should be allowed to do so?u said the flag should be allowed anywhere didnt you?

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:53 pm

No one was ever spat on returning from Vietnam, stop perpetuating that lie.

Barb Mumbauer

October 12th, 2011
3:54 pm

Yes, there is a time & place for everything,people just need to get a life.

RetiredVet

October 12th, 2011
3:56 pm

liberalefty – so what do you use to wash yout mouth out with? The blood of the soldiers that would protect ths land and everything it stands for? You know you do have the right the get on any plane and leave the country and never come back right? So Ii say if you dont get on that plane then there must be something that you do like about this country. So i say again, leave or stay here and SHUT UP!!

ed jones

October 12th, 2011
3:56 pm

i care dirt bag

Who Cares?

October 12th, 2011
3:56 pm

What I want to know is, what does Kim Kolziak think about this?

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:56 pm

will these super duper patriots boycott all of the companies that does business with OLIVE GARDEN like suppliers, stockholders,banks etc.?

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:57 pm

Stop telling us to leave the country, it’s worn out and thrown around so much it has no meaning anymore. Get a new act.

MIke

October 12th, 2011
3:57 pm

Olive Garden is absolutely free to impose whatever restrictions they like on patrons voluntarily entering their restaurant. However, they are not free from the PR consequences of whatever decision they make. Why do some folks have a hissy fit when someone else says “I don’t like what that business did and I chose not to give them my money?” If that’s “censorship” then can I force you to spend money at a business you don’t like?

Businesses are free to make whatever choices they like and customers are free to choose where and where not to spend their money. What’s the difficulty here?

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:57 pm

Indeed…. what *does* Kim Kolziak think about this?

Stars & Stripes Forever!

October 12th, 2011
3:58 pm

Where’s Betsy Ross when we really need her?

Scott Hanselman

October 12th, 2011
3:58 pm

Let me guess… liberallefty foams at the mouth at preaches tolerance when someone wants to burn the Koran…it is just a book. I don’t have a problem when someone wants to burn the American flag…it is, and should be, protected speech, but I can’t see why someone would deny another the right to display the flag.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:58 pm

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
3:58 pm

@retiredvet

youre not the only ones who served this country and u have no right to tell someone who dont agree with you to leave this country. YOU CAN ;LEAVE IT TOO, bye

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
3:59 pm

liberallefty and billy mays are the same little liberal turd. it’s obvious.

Stars & Stripes Forever!

October 12th, 2011
3:59 pm

You got dat rite!

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
3:59 pm

I’m actually a large turd irl.

Cheryl Eversole

October 12th, 2011
4:00 pm

They didn’t say Olive Garden bans the American Flag, it was a mistake by the Manager at this one particuliar Olive Garden. Flags are allowed at Olive Garden, please read, they are apologizing for their employee’s mistake….anyone can make a mistake. I feel the flag is a symbole of our Great County and I personally feel every Corporation on our soil should fly one outside their establishment, but that’s my personal opinion. I feel the flag is very important symbol of America’s History and Triump over Adversity….long may Ole Glory Wave!!!!!

OLDDUDE

October 12th, 2011
4:02 pm

LIBERAL LEFTY YOUR A IDIOT, YOUR THE ONLY RACIST I’VE SEEN SO FAR

alex

October 12th, 2011
4:02 pm

Gotta say if any resturaunt(sp?) is stupid enough to stop someone from raising an american flag in alabama ,you may not want to eat there! Free not to allow the flag, free not to eat their;free to have kids in the facility,free to eat somewhere else,FREE….. Endless shrimp(brains)

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:02 pm

@scott hanselman

why should i care if someone burns a book? why are so many folks mad about this? i guess y’all’s life must be a bed of roses if this is what u get mad about

Linda NIchols

October 12th, 2011
4:03 pm

Olive Garden has lost a customer. Members of my family and others have fought and died for the US flag and what it stands for. I will not support a business that does not honor the United States flag and now Olive Garden is backing off their original decision because it was an unpopular one. Too little too late as far as I am concerned. No I do not “wrap” myself in the symbol of our country but I do respect it and every day I see a little more of our freedom being eroded and it is of concern to me.
My father died in a war to defend that flag and the freedoms it represents. You commenters have a right to your opinion but I also have a right to mine. Respectfully submitted.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:03 pm

@alex

why are u alabamians so patriotic and RACIST?

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:03 pm

In a week none of you will remember this, give it up. Darden isn’t shaking in its boots because of a small group of hickoids posting online.

Steve Woods

October 12th, 2011
4:04 pm

The sad part about this is the fact that the CEO of Dardin (Olive Garden) is a Director on the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Wow!

angie richburg

October 12th, 2011
4:05 pm

apology or not, i will NOT dine there again. apology? they were wrong to even stop someone from bringing in an american flag to set up for a private banquet. this country has gone to hell in a hand basket.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:07 pm

@angie

wrong ,this country is doing better than it was in the mythical “good ole days” conservatives yearn for

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
4:08 pm

Why do these stories keep coming up? You would think that every American business, ecspecially ones that deal with the public would have a clear cut policy on dealing with the “multi cultural” society that we’re dealing with. When the manager was informed that a CIVIC organization like the Kiwanis club would be meeting there, was he/she that stupid not to know that there would be an American flag on display? I’m sorry, but the American flag trumps Everyone. If you are in a room with it, you are there as it’s guest.

DILLIRGAF

October 12th, 2011
4:08 pm

I will never EAT there again it is Crap Food anyway *$%^&@@@

Steve

October 12th, 2011
4:09 pm

It is amazing the number of comments – without even reading the FACTS about what happened, why it happened and the companies POSITION regarding bringing an American flag. I guess soe people prefer to fly off the handle with ‘rants’ rather than take the trouble to determine the facts prior to making a comment {why am I not surprised}

ryan D.

October 12th, 2011
4:09 pm

and meanwhile, rome is burning.

RetiredVet

October 12th, 2011
4:10 pm

liberalefty and Billy Mays – You know the first thing to go on a sinking ship are the RATS.. and I can see you doing that while down below are people who value things and try to repair a sinking ship that you dont see..

alex

October 12th, 2011
4:10 pm

From atlanta, your an idiot, read my post;calls of racism are as common here in atlanta as unemployment,no you may not have your welfare check…

GulfVet49

October 12th, 2011
4:10 pm

Angie-I think it’s worse than that the country is going to Hell in a dumpster thanks to the liberal left and their vaunted multiculturalism and lack of respect for the Constitution.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:11 pm

Yeah I don’t believe in forgiveness either. Jesus was such a moron.

jojo cruz

October 12th, 2011
4:12 pm

Alot of people here are not understanding that this person was not dining there with the flag .Her group was having a party there a banquet like it says in the article.The group is known to display the flag Olive Garden has big PR nightmare on there hands I see that poor manager getting fired soon for his stupidity.This is America we schould have the flag flying everywhere if people do not like it you can always leave.

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
4:13 pm

Billy, you’re a coke snortin huckster. Your opinions don’t matter.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:13 pm

No one will be fired, it’s not a PR nightmare, you’re just overreacting.

If the U.S. flag is not welcome in your establishment, then neither am I

October 12th, 2011
4:14 pm

When my baby shower was held at Olive Garden (years ago), no one (patrons nor employees) seemed to mind about the balloons, banners, games, etc., that my party’s table displayed. So, why the heck – of all things – would they get sh*tty at the U.S. flag being displayed? Ok, if they were dining in China….yeah…I’d understand why our flag couldn’t be displayed!

There are some things which should not be compromised.

Anyway, Olive Garden’s food tastes like “Lean Cuisine.”

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:15 pm

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:21 pm

I mean and hand me that straw.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:21 pm

are u moron patriots the same ones who now wont watch MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL because they wont use HWJ from now on? lol,

MK

October 12th, 2011
4:21 pm

Not to smart Olive Garden, obviously didn’t learn anything from the backlash at Walmart when the employees were told they could not wish customers a Merry Christmas…you’ll never get another dime from me or my family!

David

October 12th, 2011
4:21 pm

So next week they’ll want to bring Farm Animals into Olive Garden.
Go to the Oxford Civic Center and eat!

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:22 pm

I’m so high, I meant, shut up and hand me that straw……and that difibulator.

KenB

October 12th, 2011
4:23 pm

Shut up, “HILL-BILLY” MAYS!

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:26 pm

@mk

yeah WALMART is really “feeling” it,lol.

Alex

October 12th, 2011
4:26 pm

Do you have to bring a Flag to eat there?

Lauren

October 12th, 2011
4:26 pm

Well I would say to those of you “who don’t care, think this whole thing is stupid, wonder why we can’t go a few hours without the flag”- I’m inviting you to stand in front of our troops since you obviously can’t stand behind them. Mistakes happen & it seems Olive Garden is very sorry for the incident. Kiwanis Club are a part of this nation & therefore should have the right & ability to bring the flag in. Hopefully this will bring a change to Olive Garden & it’s other companies.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:27 pm

some of my girlfriends were farm animals!

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:27 pm

what happens in the barn STAYS in the barn!

David

October 12th, 2011
4:27 pm

Yeah, Oxford women are Oxes!!

David

October 12th, 2011
4:28 pm

Is that you swampio? lol

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
4:29 pm

Haha yeah Wal-Mart was truly brought to its knees by literally dozens of people threatening to boycott the retail giant

Alex

October 12th, 2011
4:29 pm

Yupp, if you bring a Flag to Olive Garden = FRee BreAd STICK

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
4:30 pm

Hahahaha someone unironically regurgitated that old “stand in front of our troops since you won’t stand behind them” line gahahahaha 2003 called it wants its hick catchphrase back

Alex

October 12th, 2011
4:31 pm

Enter your comments here

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
4:31 pm

Poor Billy Mays..It sliced, it diced, made mounds of Julienne fries ..if only it defibrillated…

Old Salt

October 12th, 2011
4:31 pm

We’re not talking about any old banner here. We’re talking about the flag of our country. And, we’re not talking about customers parading through the dining room, we’re talking about the meeting of a group that paid to use the facilities starting their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance. If that offends you, don’t skip Olive Garden. Go eat in another country.

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
4:32 pm

Nationalism is the disease. Voting liberal is the cure.

RighteousRighty

October 12th, 2011
4:33 pm

Kiwanis club people do weird things.

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
4:33 pm

“GET OUT OF THE USA.” –a complete buffoon

BILLY MAYES HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:34 pm

If anything I’ve learned I shouldn’t join the Kiwanis. I honestly thought they didn’t exist anymore.

Sylvia

October 12th, 2011
4:34 pm

Now you know now black folks feel.

RighteousRighty

October 12th, 2011
4:34 pm

Pledge of Allegiance?? They don’t even allow that in Grade School!

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:35 pm

sheep make good girlfriends, or boyfriends for u same sex folks!

JoeThom

October 12th, 2011
4:36 pm

I’m sure if it was a “rainbow” flag every gay/lesbian group from coast to coast would be standing in front of every OG protesting along with all you other liberal Obama lovers. But it’s the American Flag so let’s praise them and say that OG has the right to refuse. For all of you I say you can exercise they special inalienable right you all have……leave.

neal

October 12th, 2011
4:36 pm

I never go to these joints. Mainly because there full of monkeys.

RighteousRighty

October 12th, 2011
4:37 pm

Why can’t everyone be white like me?

motowife

October 12th, 2011
4:38 pm

Yea, 1st of all an 80 year old woman can’t tote an “enormous” American flag. This was a banquet so I am sure they had a private area for their group. Some of you are sad individuals. My husband bled for that flag and I will wrap myself in the flag until the day I die as will my children. 

Also, I would rather see the flag than listen to some of your rude, rowdy children when I eat. They admitted they were wrong.

gloria miller

October 12th, 2011
4:39 pm

the flag is the symbol of our country,didn’t realize you were so anti american,we will never step foot in your restaurant again

Nate G

October 12th, 2011
4:39 pm

The food is awful there anyway.

judy1064

October 12th, 2011
4:39 pm

The flag they wanted to display was the American flag. If it isn’t a big deal, as some of you are saying, then why not let them display it? Bottom line: if you don’t want to accommodate my reasonable request, I can hold my banquet elsewhere, where they will accommodate me. And if I want to complain and tell someone and a news service picks up the story and prints it, again – what’s the big deal? Jeez, it’s not like the Kiwanis are suing or anything stupid like that, they can certainly be upset and they can boycott too if they want. YOU don’t have to agree with them, but it’s their right.

RighteousRighty

October 12th, 2011
4:40 pm

cram it Judy

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:40 pm

@joethom

why dont u leave? after all nobody complains about this country more than u conservatives do

GulfVet49

October 12th, 2011
4:41 pm

What a bunch of rude people that are trying to be comedians, you are appalling, keep your day jobs or stay unemployed whatever. What has become of us as a people? You ought to be ashamed of yourselves, I ber your mother didn’t raise you to be so rude and uncouth.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
4:41 pm

: Leaked cables show Japan nixed a presidential apology to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for using nukes to end the overseas contingency operation known as World War II. Will the next president apologize for the current one?

The obsessive need of this president to apologize for American exceptionalism and our defense of freedom continued recently when Barack Obama’s State Department (run by Hillary Clinton) contacted the family of al-Qaida propagandist and recruiter Samir Khan to “express its condolences” to his family.

A heretofore secret cable dated Sept. 3, 2009, was recently released by WikiLeaks. Sent to Secretary of State Clinton, it reported Japan’s Vice Foreign Minister Mitoji Yabunaka telling U.S. Ambassador John Roos that “the idea of President Obama visiting Hiroshima to apologize for the atomic bombing during World War II is a ‘nonstarter.’” The Japanese feared the apology would be exploited by anti-nuclear groups and those opposed to the defensive alliance between Japan and the U.S.

Whatever Tokyo’s motive, Obama’s motive was to once again apologize for defending freedom, this time for winning with devastating finality the war Japan started.

This is why a Nations flag is important..when you have a buffoonish clown who neither commands or gets or deserves any respect, as the head of government, you have to have one thing worth defending to keep the nation intact..right now we are down to our superior capitalist culture and the flag..

RighteousRighty

October 12th, 2011
4:41 pm

Dissatisfied (Former) Customer

October 12th, 2011
4:42 pm

I had the worst experience at Olive Garden, and did not plan to go back even before this terrible tragedy.
I went to the Olive Garden in Stone Mountain on US 78 with my sister and her children and I had pasta and beef.
Later that night I had bad stomach pains.
I did not have a bowel movement for over a week, even though I continued to eat fresh corn and biscuits.
Finally after several large enemas, I had really painful movement and TrishaDishaWarEagle came out and splashed toilet water all over my bathroom rug.
I will never eat there again.
Go Dawgs!

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:43 pm

Steve Eide

October 12th, 2011
4:45 pm

Hey “whocares”, yes, it’s their right not to allow the American flag into their restaurant and it’s OUR right to tell them to get screwed and eat someplace else. Ask the debunked Dixie Chicks about the “rights of the fans(customers in this case)” IN this case, the actual company is apologetic and doesn’t endorse the ignorance of whoever performed the stupid act. You have a place in this too, for stupid people will support stupid acts.

Paddy O

October 12th, 2011
4:46 pm

there are some profound, anti-American morons commenting here. Pathetic. I for one WILL boycott that specific Olive Garden.

GulfVet49

October 12th, 2011
4:46 pm

Dissatisfied Former Customer-I rest my case about rude people, I don’t believe your mother raised you to behave like that. Shame on you

William

October 12th, 2011
4:47 pm

Jope20…I was born and raised in this country right here,the greatest country on the face of this earth. But being a patriot is not turning a blind eye to your country`s transgressions. It`s not blind loyalty. Being a patriot is celebrating your country`s ideals and holding your country accountable when it consciously falls short of those ideals. I`m from a country that possess ideals of justice and fairness and democracy and all liberties that should be afforded humankind. It`s also a country that sanctioned 41 shots to Diallo and sanctioned the destruction of Emmit Till and sanctioned the Tuskeege Experiment. Jope20, I suggest you go get a dictionary (it`s a book full of words and their meanings) and TRY to learn a little about your country!

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:47 pm

The Dixie Chicks are still far more successful, wealthy, and well-spoken than you ever will be, Steve Eide.

Chris Lysik

October 12th, 2011
4:48 pm

If it is private I assume they can decide if you can smoke or not smoke? The government can’t make the choice for them????

wf

October 12th, 2011
4:48 pm

Join a farm.

judy1064

October 12th, 2011
4:48 pm

Also, to all who says OG is unpatriotic and you’ll never set foot in there again – let’s hope the next time you make a public mistake, acknowlege that mistake and apologize – let’s hope people are more forgiving of you than you are of them. All companies are just made up of people, and people make mistakes every day. Or maybe you are perfect, and you never have or never will make a stupid mistake…

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:48 pm

@trish

wow u hate OBAMA surprise surprise!! thank god we have a real leader instead of the cowboy BUSH who couldnt protect america! JUST ASK OSAMA, LOL

GulfVet49

October 12th, 2011
4:50 pm

The USA is going to he** in a handbasket, so I’m leaving. I hereby renounce my US citizenship, and I’m going to a place with no big government and I can have as many guns as I want… that’s right, I’m moving to Somalia.

RighteousRighty

October 12th, 2011
4:50 pm

Osama BaracBama

TrishaDishaWarEagle

October 12th, 2011
4:50 pm

Re. dixie chicks

..actually they are still embroiled in a destructive round of suit-counter suit over royalties and song writing credit, and one just lost her house in foreclosure :) But hey, why let actual facts get in the way

RighteousRighty

October 12th, 2011
4:51 pm

Helen is a Hand Basket LOL

GulfVet49

October 12th, 2011
4:52 pm

Somebody is using my screen name and I DID NOT post that I am going to move to Somalia.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:52 pm

Jesus said something about forgiveness but as we all know Christians don’t care about what he did or said, they just gotta rage against something.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:52 pm

@trish

but i bet they still have more money than u,lol.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:52 pm

OLIVE GARDEN: this week’s conservative boogeyman

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:53 pm

wheres the god fearing patriotic kkk when u need them!

Joyce409

October 12th, 2011
4:53 pm

B-O-L-O-G-N-A!!!

SJS

October 12th, 2011
4:54 pm

Read the article!!! They made a mistake! Stupid employees don’t make it a bad place, just one with bad management.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:54 pm

@billymays

next weekS conservative boogeyman: CHAZ BONO

Dissatisfied (Former) Customer

October 12th, 2011
4:54 pm

Dear GulfVet49:

When you cry so hard you get choked and die, I’ll be glad to drape a pretty Amrican flag on your casket.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:55 pm

RAAAGGHH!!! I AM ANGRY!!! ANGRY ABOUT FLAGS!!!

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:56 pm

its amazing that these uber patriots hate OBAMA {anything black} for that matter.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:56 pm

You know who else loved to display flags everywhere?

That’s right…

Hitler

Michael Lerner

October 12th, 2011
4:56 pm

The Birmingham Post/Dispatch is reporting that the Kiwanis Club in question was predominantly black and that they have retained veteran civil rights attorney Joe Weissman to represent them in a potential claim against Darden.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:56 pm

i only eat at chinese resturants anyway. i love dogs, mmmm mmmm good!

GulfVet49

October 12th, 2011
4:57 pm

Dissatisfied-I’m not crying and not choking and I plan on cremation so there will be no casket. I still think you are rude and uncouth and you obviously didn’t learn any manners at home.

Rickey

October 12th, 2011
4:57 pm

He’s not black, he’s “Other”

Everyone in the South

October 12th, 2011
4:58 pm

I suddenly don’t care about this issue at all.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
4:58 pm

@michael lerner

they werent denied their rights

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
4:59 pm

lol, Your Honor, we are suing Darden for violating Alabama statute 666.69, “Crimes of Butthurtance”

debbie

October 12th, 2011
4:59 pm

olive garden mishandled this badly. they are housed in america, and in america you see things like the american flag. maybe we should see who owns olive garden and see if they are american born, or are they foreign born. that might explain it. just saying………

Dave

October 12th, 2011
4:59 pm

If someone doesn’t like the flag around then they should find a flag they like and go to hell to the country that has it.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
5:00 pm

Captain Midnight

October 12th, 2011
5:00 pm

Billy Mays is the screen name hijacker folks.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
5:01 pm

Actually, it’s you. You are the screen name hijacker, Captain Midnight.

billy

October 12th, 2011
5:01 pm

here lies the problem, this is not an Olive Garden decision, it was the manager on duty, for whatever reason they made the decision, and yes there is no problem in displaying the American Flag, and should never be any problem, and for everyone that does have a problem, then maybe they need to think of where they live and Love it or Leave it. There is no reason to boycott Olive Garden for making a bad decision, everyone does it one time or the other. Just remember what the American Flag stands for and be proud of it. And also be proud of the people that defend it.

BILLY MAYS HERE

October 12th, 2011
5:02 pm

Screw the flag and screw the vets. In my humble opinion.

Jonesy

October 12th, 2011
5:02 pm

Retired (Iraqi) Soldier- You should be ashamed of yourself. Those who died for this country should not be disrespected. I will pray for you.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
5:03 pm

@dave

in america folks have a right not to like the flag! sorry if u hate our freedoms, maybe u should go to a country where youre forced to salute the flag.

GA GOP Lobbyist

October 12th, 2011
5:04 pm

I am so flag. this is unaccept. when has anyone ever the flag but god American. They are wrong and should flag because patriotist thing too do

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
5:05 pm

vets dont die for this country anymore. they die for internatioinal corporations, duh!

budman

October 12th, 2011
5:06 pm

Now Billy you are way too young to remember the only long war this country has ever fought…so get back in your tent and listen to the drum beats.

AmyG

October 12th, 2011
5:06 pm

Whether we like it or not, businesses can do what they want – that is Capitalism. Should they have turned away the American flag – no. Do they have the right to? Yes. And just as they made that choice, I can choose to eat somewhere else. I just don’t like the hypocrisy – not alot of people like the “Wall Street Occupiers” because theyre all hippies and want to overturn “Capitalism”….but then, when *unregulated* Capitalism denies the flag, everyone else gets angry. You simply cannot have it both way. Either we regulate companies or we dont.

billy

October 12th, 2011
5:06 pm

then please go back to where you came from, because our soldiers have died to protect you and your family, as a veteran, I too will pray for you to leave this country and try to have this life somewhere else, I have been around the world, we have it the best, even with our problems

Retired (Iraqi) Soldier

October 12th, 2011
5:08 pm

Pray for yourself, you pear-shaper loser.
I don’t need some flag-flunky/worshiper of some self-righteous, backward lizard-creature god saying prayers for me.
You and all the ignorant people wh think a flag really maters about anything are the cancer that is eating this country from the inside.

JonJon

October 12th, 2011
5:09 pm

What happens when someone wants to put up a rebel flag at a lunch meeting at the Olive Garden? How about a Mexican flag? Olive Garden just wants to serve food. They don’t want to be the United Nations.

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
5:12 pm

can we all just smoke a dooby and be friends?

Laurie

October 12th, 2011
5:16 pm

In light of every other slap in the face I’ve had to endure in an attempt to support and respect my country, this is just one more. First God was taken out of our schools. Then the Pledge of Allegiance was no longer politically correct. It’s okay to sneak into our country without signing the guest book, but I’m thinkin’ if we did it anywhere else, we’d be shot. Extremists from all over are threatening our shores. I had to vote to keep english the state language in Florida. Are you KIDDING ME??? The American flag, a symbol of our freedom and sacrifice is welcome ANYWHERE as far as I’m concerned. I fly it every day proudly. And I dare anyone to tell me I can’t.

Jess

October 12th, 2011
5:18 pm

Does anyone other than me see that Olive Garden said their associates were MISINFORMED and had apologized? GEEZ!!! Get a grip!

Terry Henriksen

October 12th, 2011
5:18 pm

The Kiwanis Club would typically be meeting in a private room, whether they are there for a regular business meeting or an annual banquet. The Kiwanis Banner is appropriate at any Kiwanis meeting. The American flag is generally present as the members recited the pledge to the flag. I don’t think they flag would be placed in the public area during this meeting. I hope the Kiwanis Club that typically uses the Olive Garden meeting room is able to find another restaurant – one proud to serve Americans who support their community.

billy

October 12th, 2011
5:20 pm

so budman which war is that, and i am by no means a kid, so please explain tent and drum beats, and what are you 80 years old or just a young kid with nothing else to do, and this will be my last post since there is way too much child play and lack of patriotism. I will say again Love it or Leave it, and I will always be proud of the American Flag and All of the Service Men and Women that have fought and died for this Country. And for the people who do not like it, please go to another country, because we do not need you here. Again, Thank You Veterans, Wartime and Peacetime. In God We Trust, or at least should.

allan hunt

October 12th, 2011
5:20 pm

The Kiwanis Club ,a patriotic organization,is having a banquet in honor Marti @Warren,it should be allowed for this banquet.these people are spending a lot of money there abd an exception should be made.It’s only for the night.The manager of Olive Garden was wrong and should have checked with the head office.

Wes

October 12th, 2011
5:21 pm

Private establishment or not, it is a public place. If OG denied someone the right to display a gay pride or NAACP banner there would be a tremendous outrage without any acknowledgement that the American flag represents the values and sacrifices that allow freedom of expression, religion, sexual orientation… need I say more.

Jake of Clubs

October 12th, 2011
5:21 pm

That is what is great about his country, you can hate it. Now that should make people love it even more but alas some people don’t. But that is their right. And that is what is great about this country. Those who say say there should be a law don’t get it. Then that would make this country less great. And more people would hate it. And they would be punished. and then this country would be less great. etc.

Do you people not get it?

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
5:22 pm

@laurie

god wasnt taken out of schools. besides what good did god do when the schools were segregated by christians who follow this god? religion equals racism

liberalefty

October 12th, 2011
5:24 pm

i’m going to the strip club tonight

Looking for Laurie

October 12th, 2011
5:25 pm

Has anyone seen Mike Hunt?
The big loud hairy weepy one.

Richard Davis

October 12th, 2011
5:25 pm

OG is not a private dinning establishment that is wrong, they are public, and if the Kiwanis booked the place for a meeting, it would not be held in the main dinning area, but some where more private. In agreeing to book the meeting, they in turn agree to turnover this area to the Kiwanis, and the Kiwanis have a banner, and a flag at all their meetings, this is their right. I have seen in some of the post people are saying the flag was Enormous, how do you know this? Have you ever been to one of there meetings? Others have said, can’t people leave the flag alone for a while? do they always have to wrap themselve’s in the flag? Well. it is there right to have a flag at there meetings, it should not concern anyone who is not a member what they do, or have in their meetings. They are a very wothwhile group, they contracted a PUBLIC restaurant to provide space for a meeting, so there should not have been a problem with what they brought with them to conduct the meeting. It was a bad call on the store management, that is all. OG has made amends, that should be the end of it.

Pete

October 12th, 2011
5:26 pm

Imagine planning a nice evening out with your wife. You decide on having dinner at Olive Garden and a movie. You arrive at the restaurant and are greeted by the hostess who leads you to a cozy table for two. As you enjoy the quite conversation with your spouse, sipping your drinks and enjoying your appetizers – here comes Aunt Martha with a big beautiful American flag on a pole. She sits the large brass flag base next to your table and inserts the pole. So, here you sit in the middle of Olive Garden next to a big beautiful American flag. I’m sorry folks – but it does ruin the atmosphere. I love our country and have fought for it. I have the utmost respect for our colors but seriously Aunt Martha, the people who oppose you bringing your flag into a restaurant has nothing to do with, “hating the country”. It is unusual and distracting. If you started to loudly sing Christian gospel music I would also object. It is not that I am “anti-Christian”, it is that it would be inappropriate for Olive Garden. I am a Christian and love gospel music but there is a time and place for everything. Why are people who oppose this being labled “anti American”? It is silly.

susan

October 12th, 2011
5:27 pm

I think OG was in their right to say no. The flag has a time and a place and that wasnt either

erma ball

October 12th, 2011
5:27 pm

our flag has a place in all businesses in america, our flag is a symbol of why an italian , mexican, cuban or any ethinicity can operate a restuarant in america, i do not and will not believe that americans visit these restuarants because they are italian, mexican or whatever, americans visit these places because they are restuarants in america and the american flag should be as proudly displayed as the flag of the country where the cuisine originated. if it were not for the things our flag represents these restuarants would be in their original country not in ours.

Egad

October 12th, 2011
5:28 pm

As a retired Army Vet with 23 yrsof serving this country I have to say…..It’s not really a big deal. They have every right to not fly the American Flag or allow someone else to do so at their establishment. As long as they arent Burning or disrespecting Old Glory then I really don’t see a problem.

Black Knight

October 12th, 2011
5:31 pm

Never saw so many idiots. The ones that don’t like the flag are are your typical liberals who hate this country anywayt. For them, you need to read the article. They do allow the flag for occasions including military private parties, and other such get togethers, and they do not have a policy that refuses to let the flag be shown. Only liberal idiots do that. It was not an enormous flag, but a small 4X6 that they put up on the wall behind the podium when they are speaking. You can bet those at the olive garden will be given a dress down for being stupid.

Pat Meredith

October 12th, 2011
5:34 pm

I worked for the Olive Garden in Ft. Myers, FL. for three years. I handled banquets and special groups. We NEVER refused to allow a group to display an American Flag. For example, we hosted the Democratic Women of Lee County every month and they proudly displayed an American flag in our dining room. This is NOT corporate policy – it was an ill conceived decision made by an over zealous manager!

beauhunter

October 12th, 2011
5:34 pm

I fought for that flag and all it stands for and that is the right for all you idiots to post your stupid ass comments about this.If you dont like this country then get the Hell out but here we are proud of our nation.

Bob Jacquin

October 12th, 2011
5:34 pm

If they were having a banquet and paying for the use of the area and services they should have been allowed to bring in the American Flag. It will offend more people that this was not allowed than offend the people that were in the resturant. Customers as well as employees. God Bless America. And for those who dont support our freedom and country, just get the hell out. We will be better off without you. Maybe I will think twice before I go to a Darden owned resturant

Pat Meredith

October 12th, 2011
5:36 pm

oh! and “Black Knight,” you are talking through your hat. I happen to be a liberal and have been all of my adult life and I respect the American flag and fly Her whenever the occasion is appropriate. Save your “liberal bashing” for a more appropriate venue, please.

America the Beautiful

October 12th, 2011
5:37 pm

For all those who have lost a loved one recently, or in the past, who was representing our country – AMERICA – what kind of taste does this leave in your mouth. I’m disgusting of what direction this country is leading us to. So for those who don’t care and think it is ok to let all these foriegners into our country and its ok to keep letting them take all of our social security, health care, funding for OUR children, enroll and spend a few years in the service and see how you feel about this.

Rick Shay

October 12th, 2011
5:39 pm

When is it “not appropriate” to honor the flag?

Pete

October 12th, 2011
5:44 pm

I hope she did not go to the movies after dinner. Can you imagine her sitting in the middle row with this big beautiful American Flag unfurled in all its glory? If anyone in the rows behind her object they should be kicked out of the country! How dare they disrespect the stars and stripes! If they think the flag is “inappropriate” to have on display in an American theater than get out of America! Love it or Leave it! Yehawww~! Lock & Load! God Bless the USA! I hate all these gosh dang socialist , hippie, muslim, communist, black theology christian, Obama lovers! praise jaysus!

Jack

October 12th, 2011
5:45 pm

After all it was a Kiwanis club meeting, lasting a few hours, who really cares what the anti-americans think!

Gods Hates Flags

October 12th, 2011
5:46 pm

It please God when your sons and daughters die in a fire. Especially those stupid enough to serve in the least efficient military in the world.
And God hates your stupid stars abd stripes. It is the WORST FLAG EVER.
The end.

Jack

October 12th, 2011
5:47 pm

If you do not like my flag, then you have the right to leave my country!

Jack

October 12th, 2011
5:49 pm

Leave my country, gods hates flags! And before you write something else, learn proper Englis and how to spell!

jthetyger

October 12th, 2011
5:50 pm

Last I checked we are in US that allows this establishment the right to freely serve food so why would they ban an American flag? ^&** all you flag haters I hope you all choke on the garbage food OG serves!

HG

October 12th, 2011
5:50 pm

I just Learned that The parent firm of Olive Garden, Darden restaurants, which also operates the Red Lobster and Longhorn chains, is based in Orlando. will no longer get my business. I spent most of my life giving them the right to refuse to allow the American Flag there. If they wish for it to be more like Italy then move it there. And guess what you will find the American Flag displayed there in Italy.

budman

October 12th, 2011
5:57 pm

No Billy I am happy retired…and really love the demostrations that I missed in the 1960’s. I am not a crazy flag waving liberal or what ever you want to call it. Most of the people who know nothing about the foriegn wars this country has fought is usually just as ignorant about this countries history. they wish to fall back on racism and our problems from 2 centuries ago. BTW you may want to watch the news, no matter painfull, but there are demonstrations going on which are about 2 years late. BTW I could buy the Dixie Chicks. Loved it when the stock market fell, I made thousands when you buy Ford stock @ $2.14 a share and sell for $14.00 a share it’s about the money dog…this is why his country is the best…I could care less what you say or you can burn an American flag if you want..don’t matter to me in the least..just watch your 6 o’clock there are some pissed off Iraq and Afgan vets running around all us Viet Vets just are to old and mellow..these young guys are another story.

Pete

October 12th, 2011
5:57 pm

I bet Obama pals around with the CEO of Olive garden. He probably planned the whole thing with Osama Bin Laden. It was his master follow up stroke to 911. It probably took years to formulate and execute. They will probably come after our gun rights next. We have to stick together and vote Republican. We can still take our country back. Stay away from the liberal media, Fox news will fill us in on whats really going on so we know how to vote next November. Praise Jesus and God Bless the USA!

Southern Belle

October 12th, 2011
5:57 pm

Oh well another restaurant I will not patronize, if you can’t respect this country’s flag then get the H**L out of here. My father and brother didn’t fight in wars for this country so idiots like that refuse to acknowledge the AMERICAN FLAG

Tina

October 12th, 2011
5:58 pm

did no one read the comments by the company, they apologized it says some team members were were misinformed about company policy and that they do NOT have a company policy about bringing a flag in, and they are taking steps to assure this does not happen again. Its always some form of miscommunication!

beat up in america

October 12th, 2011
5:59 pm

The Mexican flag o.k? The flag from any middle eastern country o.k? This company needs to just pack it in and go offshore like a lot of company’s did and see if they can survive. I bet the Mexicans or any other country would buy let alone eat their slop anyway! Not American, GO AWAY plain and simple.

aboynamedboobs

October 12th, 2011
5:59 pm

This pisses me off. Not that Olive Garden denied grandpa the right to rub a flag in everybodies face (which is the right of the Olive Garden as a private establishment), but that this is what the news has become. If you want to be a good patriotic news outlet than why not cover the americans protesting coast to coast in the name of social equality?

oorah

October 12th, 2011
5:59 pm

Some of you crack me up. I don’t recall the size of the flag mentioned. If you have a problem with someone being patriotic, leave. I can tell you never served your country. And yes i put in 20 years and am damn proud of it.

bill

October 12th, 2011
6:00 pm

i will never enter an olive garden again.

Gail

October 12th, 2011
6:01 pm

This article is a snippet of what transpired and so is confusing for those of you thinking you understand what the situation was. They weren’t bringing a flag to hang up on the wall of the place and it wasn’t a grandiose sized flag. It was a portable one they used regularly to say the pledge of allegiance. THe members of the Kiwanis Club are war vets and they use it during certain meetings for that purpose.

The management apparently did not understand corporate policy on banners and such, so they told the club that had made prior meeting arrangements that they could not bring it into the place that evening as a general policy on banners, though it was for their temporary use during the meeting. They were told the American flag was offensive “to some diners”…..that is the reason they were offended…why would we be offending anyone by using our American flag in the USA? I say if someone is then go back to THEIR country…….why come here and act that way? I have lived abroad and when I am in the host country I abide by their rules/laws and culture…….I am not offended by their flag and I respect them…….If we as Americans don’t stand up for our own then we might as well roll over and declare it taken over by others…the flag is a symbol of our laws, people, heritage and the blood spilt to have this country free.

By the way….I find those annoying, loud clapping “Happy Birthday’s” from all the employees sung to ‘Joe Blow anybody the next table over’ to be far more annoying to my meal than a simple quick Pledge of Allegiance to the country I am a proud and loyal citizen of.

Anthony Paul

October 12th, 2011
6:02 pm

Let’s get it straight….An hour before the banquet was to begin, she wants to hang an American Flag on the walls (she did not bring a flagpole/stand…she brought hooks that were to be screwed into the walls). The flag was 8ft x 5ft. So, all you upset people expected Olive Garden to remove their decor, allow holes to be put in the walls, and then repair/replace their decor?? Now, what if another group, say, Daughters of the Confederacy, wanted to put up the Confederate Flag at a similar banquet in the same restaurant??? Would you be upset?? What if the next group wanted to put up a Nazi Banner??? Would you be so upset that you protest for their right to hang their flag/banner??? Get real people…Olive Garden has a blanket policy…if they bend it for one, then they have to allow all. Think for a minute…would you be boycotting OG if the situation were one of the other examples???

markws

October 12th, 2011
6:03 pm

I travel the world and when I arrive home and see ole glory it makes me very proud and very honored to be an American. I know I am home when I see the stars and stripes…Other countries around the world fly their flags with pride…we need to do the same…

markws

October 12th, 2011
6:04 pm

Anthony Paul, you are a fool and idiot…to even compare our flag to the nazi flag etc…I turn my to you in shame!

markws

October 12th, 2011
6:07 pm

Let me guess…the manager is probably a liberal democrat…you know…flag burners, spit on our troops etc type of human waste!

Pete

October 12th, 2011
6:08 pm

I agree with “Oorah”! God Bless America! Anyone who does not agree with us should be forced out of the country! Here in the USA we love FREEDOM! If you do not love it than leave it! If you think any different then you should be locked up or kicked out. Thats what FREEDOM is all about, you liberal whackos. It is so obvious none of you lefties served your country – I can tell you never served or you would feel and think just like me. Get you hippie stench out of my country! God Bless America!

john falon

October 12th, 2011
6:08 pm

An American flag should be flying everywhere.It’s a symbol of freedom If you don’t like it move to another country. Most of the people who complain are foreigners who get everything for nothing we are supporting them. Go back to were you came from. . GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY. They put their butts on the line to keep a safe and free. Fly those flags proudly.

GOD BLESS AMERICAN

wilson neff

October 12th, 2011
6:09 pm

Hey OG. Take your ITALIAN food and stuff it……………………..

Troy

October 12th, 2011
6:16 pm

The choice of people to boycott or not to boycott will inevitably be up to them. The American flag is more to most Americans than just a piece of colored material. It signifies the struggles and hardships including a sacrifice of life to maintain a certain set of ideals that a great many have lost sight of. If you are unable to respect the flag OR you don’t have respect for what it represents, then I suggest you take your bleeding heart socialist behind to a country that will take care of you, Freedom is what this is about, not Olive Garden. If they want everyone to have a unique “Italian style dining experience”, maybe they should not allow children in either because they might be a distraction.

David

October 12th, 2011
6:20 pm

Getting all uppity about meaningless symbols like flags is dumb. But eating at Olive Garden is dumb, too, so I guess it all evens out.

CLINT357

October 12th, 2011
6:22 pm

Anyone who finds fault with a request to a restaurant to display an American flag on thier property while holding a meeting and therefore suporting that establishment are probably the same morons who are supporting the “Occupy Philly” etc. “movements”. You know the “movements” that are costing the taxpayers millions of dollars every day just putting up with thier antics. By the way the only reason these clowns can get away with this is because of the sacrifices made by people, unlike themselves, who died to keep that flag flying.

P.S. DARDEN is a CORPORATION so by todays mind set, the enemy. So many reasons not to support them…………………………………….

Pete

October 12th, 2011
6:22 pm

We should band together like our founding fathers at the original tea party in Boston only it will be called the Spaghetti Party. We should storm all of the Olive Gardens and throw their spaghetti dinners in the parking lot in a giant pile of trash. We can destroy their company and run the owners out of the USA! That will teach them socialists what FREEDOM is really all about! Oorah! God Bless the USA! If you have a loved one who is serving in the military and you believe in the lord Jesus Christ then do not eat at the Olive garden! Amen.

Harriet P. Belfiore

October 12th, 2011
6:22 pm

Thank You so much for this story… I will never eat in Olive Garden, long horn or Red Lobster EVER AGAIN!!! This is what is WRONG with America today!!!

Freedom dude

October 12th, 2011
6:23 pm

Their business, their right to not allow it.

My money, my right not to spend it at any of their establishments.

Problem solved.

SLAAPPY

October 12th, 2011
6:23 pm

DONT SIT DOWN AND EAT AT A HOUSE OF

TREASON !

Sherry

October 12th, 2011
6:24 pm

They had a planned banquet at the restaurant and the restaurant would have had to know ahead of time to plan the appropriate staffing. Most events are held in a separate area of restaurants specifically designed for large parties so as to not disrupt other patrons. Nothing in the article stated it was a HUGE flag. The company has apologized and made their policy clear. For those who think their right to not respect the flag is more important than someone else’s choice to respect it – get over yourself.

freemerryjane

October 12th, 2011
6:26 pm

BIG DEAL ITS AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT ANYWAY.

Yog-Sothoth

October 12th, 2011
6:27 pm

ABC

October 12th, 2011
12:00 pm
Can’t these people go a few hours without seeing an American flag? Sheesh. Good for Olive Garden for standing up!
whocares

October 12th, 2011
11:55 am
That is their right not to allow someone to tote a flag into their restaurant. It is a private dining establishment…who does that anyway?

I’ll tell you who: organizations that have in their by-laws that the flag must be on display during their meetings, especially organizations that have RENTED the space for that time to have said meeting, that’s who.
And to ABC that said good for Olive Garden for standing up… I say you stand with them and while you are standing go ahead and walk your unAmerican asses out of my country!!

Pete

October 12th, 2011
6:28 pm

Olive garden is just like Nazi germany and the CEO is like Hitler. How can you sicko liberals eat at Hitlers restaurant?! God Bless the USA!

I care

October 12th, 2011
6:28 pm

Are country is become so politicaly correct that people have forgot how to be proud of their country. If you dont like are flag and agree that a customer at a planned event can not bring in the American Flag into that event then get the heck out of our beloved country . We dont want you here.

Pete

October 12th, 2011
6:31 pm

Obama eats at Olive Garden.

Paul Erickson

October 12th, 2011
6:31 pm

“whocares” is an ass. ANY public establishment in this country who does not allow the American flag to fly should be boycotted. I can’t stand to see a foreign flag sticker on a car without the American flag sticker above it. We should not allow foreigners to mount ANY sign that is not English.

Jim Chambers

October 12th, 2011
6:34 pm

Hey-That’s just great! We have a President who won’t salute the Flag–a bunch of Un-Employed Bums in New York City who have the right to assemble peacefully and NOW one of my Formally Favorite Restaurant Doesn’t like the AMERICAN FLAG…..they really don’t need my business anyway. PLUS a LOT of Brave People Gave Up Their Lives so That Company would have the RIGHT to DENY a Great Service Orgnization like the Kiwanis their Right to put up An American Flag!! I guess they don’t want the Kiwanis business either….

budman

October 12th, 2011
6:39 pm

Isn’t the Kiwanis club billed as the friends( lighthouse) of the blind….just saying is this a cold snap of irony or what?

Proud American

October 12th, 2011
6:40 pm

They can say no if they want and we can say “NO” by not eating there. If it was a Mexican flag you liberals would be all over that. What a poor way to invite customers in.

Pete

October 12th, 2011
6:40 pm

I’m tired of all these unAmerican liberals! I live in Dublin, Ohio and I have to look at all these stupid stores signs written in “Gaelic” or whatever the Irish call it. This is America, we speak ENGLISH! I have to drive through German Villiage, Ohio and also see abunch of crap written in Deutsch or whatever…we are in the USA – speak English! Now I cannot even go to Olive garden without these liberal lefties taking away my American Flag! Love it or leave it! Go back where you came from if you love it so much! If you do not agree you should be locked up or shot. Thats what FREEDOM is all about! Amen and God Bless.

MeaneyMouse

October 12th, 2011
6:40 pm

HEYYYYYY YOU DANGED WOODCHUCKS!! QUIT CHUCKING MY WOOD /(*..*)\

SmartGrandma

October 12th, 2011
6:44 pm

First Alabama passes an illegal alien law that allows police to arrest five-year old children who are suspected to be illegals. Then an Alabama OLIVE GARDEN shows its Confederate Roots with anti-Kiwanis & anti-American Flag behavior I’ll eat my own Italian food at home, and my feet will never touch Alabama soil.

rsaenz

October 12th, 2011
6:44 pm

People are taking this TOO seriously!!! Who cares!! Let Olive Garden do what they want. If I had a business, I wouldn’t hang the flag. Doesn’t mean that I don’t love my country.

SavyShopper

October 12th, 2011
6:45 pm

Just another example of INTOLERANCE for decent, hardworking Americans…
Shame on Olive Garden and their Politically INCORRECT employees. NO TIP for these Bozo’s….!!!

Pete

October 12th, 2011
6:49 pm

First Alabama turns against the USA in the civil war and now their Olive Gardens will not display the Flag of the United States of America! I will not give my tourist dollars to Alabama or visit another Olive Garden. Praise the Lord!

don staiger

October 12th, 2011
6:50 pm

what was the guy’s name that denied the American flag, Abdul Fucwad ?

Pete

October 12th, 2011
6:52 pm

I believe it was Robert E. Lee

mgt

October 12th, 2011
6:55 pm

I’ve eating at the olive garden for the last time.i fly my flag proudly
My son serves this country and I’m proud to be an american

Anthony Paul

October 12th, 2011
6:57 pm

Markws, I did not compare the US Flag to a Nazi Flag…..I simply changed the situation and asked if you would support a groups right to hang a different banner.

The Olive Garden policy is a blanket policy….if a single group is allowed to hang a banner, then all groups would have to be allowed or face discrimination.

Personally, I am a retired USAF officer who flew missions in Iraq and Afganistan; I served 25yrs defending our country and the rights we have.

At the same time, those rights also allow an individual or corporation to protect themselves via putting this type of blanket policy in place.

Would you be so upset if they had refused a Confederate Flag to be displayed during a Confederate Daughters Banquet??? Guess you are the type that feel discrimination should be selective…

Osama Bin Laden

October 12th, 2011
6:58 pm

Sometimes you have to wonder how repressed and backwards Alabama people really are. Our country is in shambles, unemployment at an all time high, debt will burden our children for generations, and some fool from Kiwanis is crying about a flag? What is her god giving right to wave a flag inside the facility? As an adult that went to Kiwanis as a child, that is not what they are about. Yeah I live in Pelham as well, I applaud OG for trying to be politically correct. Tell that old woman to sit down and shut up.

RSinF

October 12th, 2011
6:59 pm

What is wrong with you people. Have you forgot what that flag stands. OG. would not be around if it were not for that flag. Did we forget what it cost for that flag. Men and Women gave their lives so we could be free and can have the choice where we go even if it is OG.

spike0659

October 12th, 2011
7:00 pm

Another example of American patriotism offending someone not a true AMERICAN !!! If displaying our country’s flag offends you, you need to get out of this country!

Wanda Kelding

October 12th, 2011
7:00 pm

WE LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!! OUR AMERICAN FLAG SHOULD BE FLOWN PROUDLY THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRY..WHETHER IT’S AT OLIVE GARDEN OR OUR HOMES!!!
DON’T LOSE YOUR PRIDE AND JOY OF LIVING HERE!! THERE SHOULD ALWAYS BE RESPECT FOR OUR COUNTRY…FLYING OUR AMERICAN FLAG SHOWS OUR LOVE FOR THIS COUNTRY!
BEST OF ALL… DON’T FORGET OUR COUNTRY IS A CHRISTIAN NATION!! WE BELIEVE IN GOD/JESUS CHRIST!! THAT’S WHAT OUR FOREFATHERS SET FOR US!!
PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AND BELIEVE IN OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!

milt

October 12th, 2011
7:01 pm

i’d like to respond to that individual that said he or she didn’t believe anyone should be toting a flag into a restaurant. my friend, olive garden said yes to the kiwanis having their getogether there, which means money. therefore if they are going to take their money they should definitely allow any flag or banner to be brought in. i lived in shinbone valley alabama for 12 years and asked olive garden to consider locating there in oxford, and ate there many times. it is not olive gardens policy to disallow bringing in a flag or banner. someone messed up, badly. give them another chance to make it right

Kelly

October 12th, 2011
7:02 pm

It is not a “private” restaurant, idiot. It is a public place. In America.

Jerry

October 12th, 2011
7:02 pm

All you individuals that think the flag isn’t important enough to display no matter where – - go live in Myanmar!!!

John Corey

October 12th, 2011
7:07 pm

simply this is America stars and stripes all the way, got a problem with that then get out of America you do not belong here. I will display my American flag whenever I want. Let me guess all you jerks who think this is okay mprobable think flag burning is okay and I agree it’s okay as long as I can wrap you in it first. LOVE IT OR GET THE HELL OUT

Kelly

October 12th, 2011
7:07 pm

Political correctness is eroding away our society. We are so afraid of hurting someone’s feelings, we are willing to give up what we stand for. Very sad.

RSinF

October 12th, 2011
7:07 pm

For SBinF.
Why don’t you just move to another country and you don’t have to listen to this. You also will find out you can’t like you do. I bet you are ok with burning the flag as well. You just are a dumb #$$

Sandie

October 12th, 2011
7:10 pm

Most of your are idiots. They were having a Kiwanis Club meeting, of course there would be a flag. If Olive Garden agreed to them holding a meeting there, they should have allowed the flag. Pretty cut and dry.

Armando

October 12th, 2011
7:12 pm

Hey! How about if I bring in a Nazi flag? Every privately owned establishment has the right to refuse any flag on their property and the right to refuse service to anyone! Find another faux italian restraunt to hang your flag redneck!

Sandie

October 12th, 2011
7:13 pm

another idiot

billy mays

October 12th, 2011
7:14 pm

EASY with the diversions folks …study real politics …RON PAUL 2012………Honesty in ‘explanation of reality’ is HARD TO SWALLOW …. remember they have set mass hypnosis techniques deploying flashing TV ’spectrums’ / waves and diversionary algorithmicaly fabricated ENTERTAINMENT , SPORTS AND NEWS BLOCKS …. to make the fraud they are undertaking look HARMLESS ….. so its up to US THE PEOPLE to condense the TRUTH …to translate the genius of DOCTOR RON PAUL ….. DONT LET THEM FIX THE GODDAMN ELECTION YET AGAIN …DONT LET THEM SOCIALLY ENGINEER YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT POLITICS ————–LANDSLIDE DOCTOR PAUL CODE FRIKKEN RED A LANDSLIDE …PASS IT ON

john Senelenelin

October 12th, 2011
7:15 pm

Yeah, their a private restaurant, they should have the right to you know, not let blacks, or asians, or homosexuals in either if they fell like it right? Because as you say they are private!? dining establishments. Freedom is not just on your terms slipschlitz.

Osama Bin Laden

October 12th, 2011
7:17 pm

Nice Sandie, you have to wonder about people that call other people idiots. Your grammar is imbecile. “Most of your are idiots.” Please don’t call people idiots, when you are in fact, stupid.

MichelleP12

October 12th, 2011
7:18 pm

An apology via E-MAIL????

As far as this part of said e-mail: ‘ “Like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes, and we welcome anyone who wishes to bring the flag into our restaurants. In fact, we periodically provide American flag collar pins to our employees to wear while serving guests.” ‘ …………

How sweet that they “welcome” anyone who wishes to bring “the flag” into our restaurants and they “in fact, we periodically provide American flag collar pins to our employees to wear while serving…” WHAT IS THAT? It sounds as if they’re bragging about “in fact”.

I’m glad their P.R. people straightened it out, BUT, BUT, BUT, as someone who worked in graphic design/marketing for over 25 years, it was a rather pathetic excuse of a straightening out. BY SENDING AN E-MAIL????? Puh-lease!

LoveTheFlag!

October 12th, 2011
7:18 pm

You pricks that think it doesn’t matter are part of the reason this country has went to hell! Stand up for something other than your selfishness.

RSinF

October 12th, 2011
7:20 pm

Armando, did you fight for this flag or do you just try to bring it down. Many have and do not see things so bland and white. More red, white and blue.

graydog50

October 12th, 2011
7:22 pm

If its their right, then it should be their right to serve who they want, Serve white and not any other color. Its their right doesn’t exist in the United States anymore thanks to the liberals. Screw Olive Garden and the freaks who agree with it. Move to California.

I care

October 12th, 2011
7:23 pm

Love it or leave it if you don’t love america and are proud of our flag and what it stands get out

oldfart

October 12th, 2011
7:25 pm

“DON’T FORGET OUR COUNTRY IS A CHRISTIAN NATION!! WE BELIEVE IN GOD/JESUS CHRIST!! THAT’S WHAT OUR FOREFATHERS SET FOR US!!”

The first statement from the first amendment to the US Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….”

angeldove

October 12th, 2011
7:26 pm

Have some respect for your country you jerkwads! The American Flag stands for our freedom! Stand up for our rights as Americans!

Tooz

October 12th, 2011
7:26 pm

Geez, they apologized. Sounds like a simple misunderstanding that some people want to use to make political hay. Maybe if some of you cranky ones who have never made a mistake and don’t accept apologies stay home the wait will be shorter for the rest of us.

oldfart

October 12th, 2011
7:34 pm

The article has been updated since the early posts. There initially was no apology, only that they were looking into the issue. Even the most brain dead spokesperson should have took the initiative and apologized knowing the fan was already on with excrement at the ready.

SirBearheart

October 12th, 2011
7:40 pm

Well, if OG wants it to “feel like Italy”, then by all means they should pack up and go. This is America! Hasn’t there been enough demolishing of our Constituion, Declaration of Independence and our rights as citizens in this country? I believe EVERY American should stand up and proudly wave the flag. We did it after 9/11… oh, but that was because it was “cool” at the time to be patriotic. Don’t forget, it was our society’s own complacency that allowed 9/11 to happen. And now instead of banding together and showing the world that we are one, UNITED people, we instead tell the world that we don’t even have loyalty to our flag or what it stands for. If I am to be criticized for “wrapping myself under the flag”, then so be it!! Those of you who don’t care for this sort of thing, the rest of us will be happy to buy you a one way ticket to Iraq. Oh, but then you would see thousands of our young men and women also “wrapped around the flag”. I wonder if you would have the guts to tell them what you say here.

william welsch

October 12th, 2011
7:44 pm

Who wants to eat at olive garden anyway,I can think of better places to spend my money,and eat a good meal.

commonsense53

October 12th, 2011
7:47 pm

American Civic groups proudly display the flag at all their events. Bad management by Darden Group.

Tom W

October 12th, 2011
7:48 pm

I can understand the position of the local Olive Garden’s stance as they had no direction from the corporate level and Olive Garden’s do not have private dining rooms. To be honest the Kiwanis should have booked a restaurant the had private dining rooms so they could have done anything they wanted. Many restaurants could have served there needs without interrupting the other diners at the Olive Garden.

I love the Olive Garden and dine there frequently and would not want to have my meal interrupted by a large group like the Kiwanis, flag or no flag, who can get quite rowdy. Please go to a reastaunt that has a private room for your celebration.

A Vietnam veteran!

Rick L

October 12th, 2011
7:48 pm

First let me say I’m an American and would fight for this country and would most likely be wearing an American flag if I did so. But understand our flag has been flown while Americans have committed the most horrific acts, largely to its indigenes inhabitants. I hope we have grown past this adolescent behavior. Remember it’s the people holding the flag that give it its meaning, not the other way around.
Regarding the Olive Garden flag thing. Probably a bad business decision made by an under paid collage kid managing more than he or she should. A good manager would look at the big picture and in this case would most certainly have let the Kiwanis Club bring their American flag.
One last though; didn’t Alabama a few generations ago along with a few other southern states fly a different flag? I’m just saying lets not make a bigger deal than it is, one manager’s poor decision.

Jim K

October 12th, 2011
7:49 pm

They made an error interpreting a company policy and did so on the side a caution to protect their job. Stupid? Yes… But good God let it go… apparently no one else has ever made a mistake?

steven

October 12th, 2011
7:53 pm

All of you talking about boycotting Olive Garden are the same morons who love to play both sides and think morons with their pants sagging should be fined. Its the businesses right and we do not have all the details.

Homie D Clown

October 12th, 2011
7:57 pm

The reason that the flag display was denied was because it offended the restaurant manager, Achmed Towelie….

Larsonmars

October 12th, 2011
8:00 pm

Hey good news! Olive Garden will now be a more inviting restaurant to eat at because it won’t be filled with cry baby right wingers that must hug our flag every ten minutes to feel patriotic.

Scott

October 12th, 2011
8:04 pm

It was a banquet idiot, but even so does that give you the right to question their rights about carrying a flag? Are you an american? Why don’t you go peddle your goods in Iran and see how far your attitude gets you, yes in the tough times the people are having to deal with it is a time to join together and support fellow Americans whether you agree or not. Anything less should be considered treason. And yes, everyone should boycott Olive Garden until the manager of the store is relived of his duties. He must of made a call that was not his to make. He did nothing more than Hank Jr. or the Dixie Chicks. Grow up and love it or leave it.

Prez Obozo

October 12th, 2011
8:15 pm

I hardly ever eat there anyway. The food is not authentic or great & over priced….

basil

October 12th, 2011
8:17 pm

I am so sick of these “more patriotic than thou” types. These are the same people who are quick to wave a flag & extol the virtues of a piece of cloth but really don’t live up to what it supposedly stands for. Like it or not, it’s just a flag. What’s more important, the cloth & colors or the principles behind it? The problem is that for some people it’s all about sybolism, not substance. Quit crying about a flag & start caring about people. “One nation under God( opps! can’t say that anymore. someone might get offended )”, “with liberty & justice for ALL”. Remember that? Get fired up about that, then I’ll be impressed. For the life of me I can’t understand why this is even news worthy. Didn’t Olive Garden apologize? Shouldn’t that be enough?

Get it through your thick skull- America doesn’t revolve around you & what you believe. You don’t get to impose your brand of patriotism on the rest of us & you don’t get to judge who is or isn’t patriotic. If a restaurant doesn’t want you to wave your flag, take your “banquet” somewhere else. Simple as that.

Jerry w.Harris

October 12th, 2011
8:21 pm

Millions of Americans have died for the freedoms the American Flag has stood for since this country was established, I, or my family will never eat at this establishment again. Dont bash the very symbol that allows us as Americans to have free enterprise in this Great Country.Shame on Olive Garden.

MLW

October 12th, 2011
8:22 pm

It is the right of every American to tote, wear, display our Nation’s Flag as they so desire. It is guaranteed by the First Amendment. For those of you offended by seeing the American flag…get the hell out. If you don’t care about first amendment rights and the American flag offends you then you are obviously in the wrong place. I for one am tired of everyone bending over backwards so that they don’t offend people from other countries. I tell you what, if I visit your country I promise not to be offended when you display your Nation’s flag.

Freddy

October 12th, 2011
8:22 pm

This probably was a case of some little “no-nothing clerk” at OG trying to show their authority. They should have asked the manager. Some of you people on here that wants to take up for a stupid decision like this against our flag & a community group — have no respect for our country & YOU HAVE NO BALLS — NONE

Joe

October 12th, 2011
8:26 pm

It’s one thing not allowing a flag to be flown outside. To allow one inside, that’s another issue. If they allowed this, they would have to cater to every group out there that wants to display a flag indoors. I go to these restaurants to enjoy a meal, not a flag processional. This lady is out of line, as is the compulsive need to whine about it in the media. If people don’t like it, they don’t have to eat there.

American Flag

October 12th, 2011
8:26 pm

Can’t we all just get along?

Also, if you are dumb enough to feed the trolls, please leave the country….you’re embarrassing me.

Barb

October 12th, 2011
8:27 pm

They have every right to say no to the American flag. But if they had not made a statement that it was a misunderstanding? then I also have the right not to eat there again. And, I wouldn’t.

PrincessPhlly

October 12th, 2011
8:30 pm

To ABC

If you don’t like seeing the American flag I suggest you leave this country and never come back.
If you are a US citizen then you are a traitor.

Derrick

October 12th, 2011
8:30 pm

Having worked in the restaraunt industry for many years i’ve found it’s pretty common for service organizations to display flags at a banquet / event (which is what the Kiwanis club had scheduled)…it’s very unusual to unheard of (hence the national media coverage) to deny them that opportunity…really sounds like an incompetent management decision…can’t believe that a local store would go crawling to corporate to check and see if the american flag was okay to display…bad management dooms stores…looks like Olive Garden is stepping up to the plate with a nice boiler plate statement taking responsiblity…they don’t have anything to be embarrassed about…what have service organizations, senior citizens, and patriots ever done for this country except to make Olive Garden employees uncomfortable?

peterwoohoo

October 12th, 2011
8:38 pm

My business displays the US Flag in one of my windows for thirty years….Replaced with new one on 9/11/01…….Don’t really care what people think, but never had anyone complain either!!

Mark

October 12th, 2011
8:38 pm

Yes it is Olive Gardens right not to allow the flag but ya know what? I have the right not to go there anymore.

Hank Jr.

October 12th, 2011
8:39 pm

Management at the OG made a mistake and this will not be the last. I get offended when I go out to eat at a upscale resturant and have to listen to crying babies or unruly childern at the next table. The flag issue was a local call by management.However,I still can not understand how they can have a banquet in an open floor plan such as OG has. Got to go,need to write a song about the OG and the flag.

allan hunt

October 12th, 2011
8:40 pm

Olive Garden definitely has the right to not let the American flag to be displayed on their premises.Even for a special event.We as American citizens and lovers of our country and our countries flag also have the right not to patroniize Red Lobster.Simple as that.

Michelle

October 12th, 2011
8:45 pm

First off I want to say that I am a born and raised American and I love my country and our flag just as much as anyone else but I WILL NOT STOP EATING AT A RESTAURANT SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY REFUSED TO LET SOMEONE BRING A FLAG IN FOR A MEETING.
That is stupid and just shows how easy it is for those people who have NOTHING better to do with their time but sit and read internet articles to find something to B**** about.
If it were a private event where they had a room all to themselves I can understand them wanting a flag for their club displayed but if they were just sitting in the general public the people who run Olive Garden had every right to say no.
Yes the Kiwanis Club is an awesome organization but if you are gonna plan a meeting in a public place you have to abide by the rules of the facility you are in.
Olive Garden was not doing anything wrong and it DOES NOT make the people who run the place or the ones work there any less American than you or me.
My husband was in the Navy as well as his step-father but I dont fly and American Flag on my house. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate our military or our country. Its a personal choice that we made for ourselves.
Any one who refuses to eat at a restaurant just because they wouldn’t let a club( that you are more than likely not a member of) hang our flag is crazy. Are you gonna boycott all the Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Thai, etc. restaurants a swell because I can guarantee you they dont have an American flag flying in their establishment even if they were born here. It takes away from the atmosphere. Olive Garden is an Italian based restaurant and they had every right to say no. GET OVER IT!!!!

Sherry

October 12th, 2011
8:45 pm

Olive Garden just went to the bottom of my list of choices for going out to eat. People forget that in other countries their flag is displayed everywhere with honor. We as a country are so busy trying to make everyone who comes here happy, we are losing our own identity. History proves over and over again how countries who do not hold their identities crumble and are taken over. I say, “Display the flag and be proud of who we are and what we stand for.”

This is Mrs. Norman Maine

October 12th, 2011
8:47 pm

Just fly your freakin’ flag at home lady. Sheesh!

Karen

October 12th, 2011
8:48 pm

For those whom the american flag means nothing anymore,I remind you that a lot of service men and wemen have died for that flag and what it represents. Too many have become so politically correct and so many who are not american want to live here enjoy the rights and previleges that america brings,But would not lift a finger to help her as we see here.”As long as it doesn’t interfere with ME” I have enjoyed eating at OG.I have bought gift cards for friends who enjoy them also.But until I am satisfyed there was a mistake and the person who made that mistake is fired.That it will Never happen again,I will not go there and will see that no family or friends do either.

gringo

October 12th, 2011
8:50 pm

take your old arse to the bingo parlor and shove your fake american jingoism up your crusty butt….

American

October 12th, 2011
8:53 pm

I agree with you people that it is a private dinning establishment and they should be able to ban what they want to. Like how about white people, or black people, or disabled people, or maybe gay people? How about red haired people because that would disrupt the theme beacause most Italian people are dark haired. Yeah they were within their right because that is what soldiers die for everyday to defend those rights.

Robert

October 12th, 2011
8:54 pm

Enter your comments here

Mildred Martin

October 12th, 2011
8:55 pm

The American Flag is to be respected at any event and any restaurant or business. I am in several civic organizations and an American Flag is always present. Therefore, when we go to a restaurant or public place for our meetings, the Flag is still always present whether they have it on display or
whether we carry it in, I can’t believe that anyone would reject the American Flag being brought into a restaurant. I’m shocked as these are some of my favorites but I will think twice before going to them again.

saveamerica

October 12th, 2011
8:56 pm

We Americans need to make sure we stand for what we believe in and stop allowing things like this to continue. We need to influence our social circles and families to make our country something other than a place for dumb asses who say hey way to go not letting the American flag in your establishment. If you don’t like our country…Get the hell out!

gringo

October 12th, 2011
8:57 pm

I’d say good riddance, old people and blacks are the worst tippers in the industry. note to black folk, if you can’t afford to tip-don’t eat out.

cee

October 12th, 2011
8:59 pm

Wow … get a grip. Who does that anyway?

Al

October 12th, 2011
9:01 pm

For the ones who don’t care about this are probably on welfare,SSI or assistance from our fine country. Show some respect for our country and the ones who provide the freedom.

Mommy Diva

October 12th, 2011
9:01 pm

They won’t let some club who will be dropping a great deal of money in their establishment bring in a flag because it would disrupt other diners, but these idiots don’t have a problem letting people bring in screaming kids to disrupt other diners. That is just sick. It is scary how much America has changed in the last decade. Can’t wait until 2012 so we can take our country back, and make it better than ever.

danny mcfadden

October 12th, 2011
9:02 pm

not that i go to olive garden a lot, but this story gives me even more reason not to go there. misinformation can really kill your business. advice to Miss Warren, pick a locally owned resteraunt and more likely than not you won’t have this problem.

wamam

October 12th, 2011
9:02 pm

So the stupidity of one person will cause all stupid people to boycott the whole chain. Get over yourselves already. Do you know what misunderstanding means?

allan hunt

October 12th, 2011
9:04 pm

Unfortunately it was a Muslim ,America hating restaurant manager.

American

October 12th, 2011
9:06 pm

How about all you unAmerican people take your freedom to not display and respect the flag to another country where you have that freedom. Jerks.

MB

October 12th, 2011
9:08 pm

Just another example of someone being told “no” and whining about it. As it turns out, it was a miscommunication, which happens. As a former educator, I would love to know how Ms. Warren handled students who complained after being told they could not do something. Since an apology was issued it’s time to move along folks, nothing to see here.

zona

October 12th, 2011
9:11 pm

Who said it was a giant or enormous flag!! I didn’t see size mentioned! If the good ole flag of the USA bothers so many of you, then get out of this country because those of us that respect the flag don’t need your kind!!

gringo

October 12th, 2011
9:13 pm

They should go over the top with the faux patriotism. Let your imagination go wild: flag decorated maxi-pads for the ladies, flag condoms for the gents. Red,white, and blue toilet paper-force everyone to say the pledge of allegiance before launching into their salad bowl. God bless America, land of the free only if you wear your patriotic pledge pin. blech!

JerryB

October 12th, 2011
9:13 pm

Based on the comments here, I fear for the future of this country. Though I’m sure those saying “who cares”, making up the size of the flag, or why it was even there, would be up in arms if their local mosque had a luncheon and hung the Islamic flag. Libtards, go away forever.

Shelly

October 12th, 2011
9:16 pm

you cant have patriotism both ways.. either you respect all the freedoms the flag stands for and that includes the right not to fly it.. or you dont. I love the patriots who believe exercising the very freedoms that America is based on is UnAmerican

Richard Peterson

October 12th, 2011
9:20 pm

No big deal, and yes, I am a Vietnam Veteran. Flag wavers need to review the proper protocol for displaying the American flag. Giant flags on the baseball diamonds or football fields are a major source of protocol violations. The flag is never to be displayed horizontally. Period. And there is never a legitimate reason for displaying more than one American flag at a time. Politicians need to follow this when on stage. One flag only.

James

October 12th, 2011
9:21 pm

I care, jerkwad. I’ll never dine at one of those places again.

Maybe you need to be concerned about more important issues – you and the 80 year old. No one needs to carry a flag with them to display in someones business. There are no local food businesses in this area that display the American Flag. Some businesses do display the flag – their choice and that is good. And – you have to be really arrogant to think you should bring any kind of flag into a banquet.

gringo

October 12th, 2011
9:24 pm

All you dumb, fat right-wing morons keep stuffing your faces with freedom fries and listening to bocephus….

LoveofCountry

October 12th, 2011
9:28 pm

If you are a American citizen by birth or you have earned that right you should know how to respect the flag. Our Flag shoould be welcomed in any place as long it is treated with respect it deserves.
Millions of Americans have died carrying our flag into war. It doesn’t matter if you disagree about wars these Americans died for you to live in freedom. God bless our Military. Olive Garden has basically apologized about this incident so we should move on from this. As SBinF said quit wrapping yourself in a flag, Well the USA Flag is not and no way on the level of the Rainbow flag or Rebel flag or any other movement flag it is far more important and all Americans should unite behind it not argue over it.

gringo

October 12th, 2011
9:32 pm

They didn’t die for the flag, they died for the lies by George Bush. No WMD’s….

James

October 12th, 2011
9:32 pm

Honor the American Flag? I do that by working seven days a week and paying taxes. Wonder how many “flag wavers” do that? And – if you are so set on defending the American Flag – take your sorry a s s and join the military – or – are you too cowardly for that?

katie

October 12th, 2011
9:33 pm

Get real folks. Olive Garden is a restaurant and not a political get together place. If they let the American flag carried around like a bloody hunting trophy then they should allow other flags and symbols displayed as well. I totally agree with their decision but I am sure it still will be a corporate apology and a fat and free dinner for all the Kiwanis members that felt hurt by the action. Get a life and take the flag back to the club building. Don’t drag it around and see how and who can be provoked by it or who would say something that can be reported to Fox News immediately. Good for Olive Garden to do this. I have never seen any flag dragged around in any restaurant before and I think that’s just right. You go to a restaurant to have a good time and eat something yummy and you don’t want to find yourself in the middle of some politically driven show off….. Yes, this is America but displaying our flag should have some etiquette. It is just a bunch of old folks making this much bigger than it ever should have been at the first place. Next time make a plan and schedule this ahead of time and make sure the place is OK with the whole script, including dragging the flag around and make everybody a kind a little ackward around. When I go to OG I want to relax, eat some good Italian food and not surrounded with some overreacting Americans dragging the flag in front of me. If I crave that I go to a local political event. Everything has its place and time. OG and a big American flag displayed inside the restaurant are not matching up well. I just feel bad for OG. Hopefully it will not be a big old movement from this against OG.

gringo

October 12th, 2011
9:34 pm

the military is a jobs program for dumb,white hillbillies.

Rage

October 12th, 2011
9:35 pm

Anybody on this comment section who disgraces the American Flag does not respect nor appreciate the fact we are the land of the free and if you do not believe it I ask that you move to another country and speak and act freely, good luck. Over 3 million people have died for the American Flag and what it stands for. So before you say anything about bringing an American Flag to a private establishment and it is the right of the owner to refuse entry, remember the only reason he can refuse is because of that American Flag. Be thankful, not hateful.

LoveofCountry

October 12th, 2011
9:37 pm

Enter your comments here

Lois D.

October 12th, 2011
9:39 pm

I care! What do you think we are fighting for? How lame can you get? We are a retirement center and hold Government meetings for lunch etc. Our American Flag of the United States of America should be displayed every where! And so should the 10 commandments, Maybe this country would become like the country it used to be! If you have no respect for our Nation, Our God, and Our right to pray and show your support to the US Of America I say take a hike and go somewhere that doesn’t have the freedoms that we have fought and died for!

jobe410

October 12th, 2011
9:43 pm

People are funny. Our flag is something special. It stands for the thousands of men and women who died for it; the families of little kids who don’t know their moms, dads or grandparents because they believed it is something special. Shouldn’t that matter? That flag stands for freedom, including the freedom to post our bickering. Maybe people should try voicing their concerns in China, Iran, or North Korea for example. It’s my understanding they are totally open to people displaying their viewpoints. God bless the United States of America… and our flag.

gringo

October 12th, 2011
9:43 pm

I’ll wipe my butt with the 10 commandments and leave it in the offering trey to support your reverends hypocritical habits…

Randy

October 12th, 2011
9:47 pm

If they do not wantan American flag that is fine ! NOBODY who is a legal citizen of the USA should NOT eat there again . They do not like our flag they do not want our money either . HOPE THEY GO BROKE !!

Marvin Mangrum

October 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

Im glad I dont eat at Olive Garden that way I wont have to eat next to a nut that thinks allowing the American Flag to be used during a club meeting is wrong. Then again with folks like you we will be muslim shortly. What a bunch of fruitcakes. An American Flag would destroy the beautiful atmosphere?

Jym Allyn

October 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

Does this mean that Olive Garden gets to eat crow as well as sticky pasta?

Rage

October 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

gringo

October 12th, 2011
9:34 pm

“the military is a jobs program for dumb,white hillbillies” who protect your freedom to speak like an idiot!!

Slim

October 12th, 2011
9:52 pm

If you want to live in a country where God (Allah) and the flag are shoved down your throat move to Iran. In the USA your free to believe or not to believe in anything and everything. It’s what makes us unique and great. Don’t tread on me!

Marvin Mangrum

October 12th, 2011
9:53 pm

You know, you get a smell, it is past a spray it is a stench that is just past too much. Gringo, do you need some soap?

spitter

October 12th, 2011
9:54 pm

Hey… Kiwanis was holding a “banquet”, a couple folks weren’t sitting at a table or a booth…

Lou

October 12th, 2011
9:56 pm

The flag in your pasta masses are the same people who burned witches at salem and wore hoods and burned black churches in the South.

silk82

October 12th, 2011
9:57 pm

The Kiwanis Club was going to hold a banquet at the Olive Garden in which I’m sure the restaurant was aware of but then decided against it by not allowing an American Flag to be displayed at the tables where the members were seated? If they all would have walked wearing clothes that displayed the American flag would they be told to leave being that the decor was in Italin and that would confuse the other customers. I’ve eaten in an Olive Garden from time to time and I would have liked to see an American flag instead of seeing the drunks and hearing them across the room but yet Olive Garden has no policy on removing unruly customers that ruin dinners for the other customers that have family and children. So far, I have not been back to an Olive Garden since I been in that position and the manager told me that there was nothing he could do. My question is what nationality is the manager that refused this American Flag to be displayed, was this person even born in the United States? If not, that could tell you a lot and that would be the reason the flag was not allowed to be displayed.

DaisyDo

October 12th, 2011
9:58 pm

Don’t tell me this is an incident,where the Olive Garden just might be right..Once again,someone will cause this restaurant to close,by being “politically correct”…How sad…

gringo

October 12th, 2011
9:59 pm

marvin,

Your so dumb, if I spotted you a “c” and a “t”-you still couldn’t spell cat!

jjp

October 12th, 2011
9:59 pm

The food and service stink at the Olive Garden anyway. Here in Connecticut on two different occasions we submitted orders and were never served. The second time they wanted to charge us for the water we drank. Do I think they mishandled this–yes, and while we shoulkdn’t wrap ourselves in the flag we should understand that symbol and understand that if this continued excuse after excuse to ban the flags continues we will be nothing. So, yes boycott them and Red Lobster.

American

October 12th, 2011
10:04 pm

Be real. If you try walking into an American restaurant in Italy toting an Italian flag, you would probably eat and drink for free all night long. But here in America, we’re afraid to offend anybody and in doing so, we end up offending everybody. OG should train their teenage employees more thoroughly, to avoid this kind of global slap in the face. Duh.

And just because somebody carries around an American flag, they should be responsible enough to ASK if it’s okay to put it up on display in a restaurant, or anywhere else, for that matter. Being in a restaurant does not give anyone the right to alter the existing decor without prior approval. Would you go to a friends house and put your NFL football team flag/banner up on their wall without asking, or paint the walls yellow because white offends you??? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Dumb. Just plain dumb.

Welcome to America. Land of the free and home of the… dumb.

Randy

October 12th, 2011
10:06 pm

Olive Garden certainly has the right to refuse a request to bring the U. S. Flag into their building and I doubt they have a policy preventing it. However, it is universal to have an American Flag at banquets such as the Kiwanis event. To have an employee refuse the display of our countries flag is unheard of within our borders. This behavior goes beyond an employee not understanding company policy. This kind of attitude goes to the failure of our educational system to teach American History including the wonderful things we have accomplished in our short 235 years. It is what you get with the constant demonization of our country by many radical liberal professors and opportunistic politicians. Add to this revisionist who continue to rewrite history and you get many of our youth with little respect for our nation and our flag. Just reading some peoples comments on this subject is enough to make one discussted. This is what we turn out of our schools today. Many truly have no idea what it means to take responsibiliy for themselves and their actions.

joan

October 12th, 2011
10:10 pm

it is appalling that anyone would be in support of NOT respecting the U.S. flag. Get the hell out of this country and never call yourself an American again.

Much Ado

October 12th, 2011
10:13 pm

All of you flag waving, bible thumping , never serve in any service hypocranks need to just shut the freak up. All of you sickens me with your stupid A$$ conservatism. If you are eating at OG you are to poor to be voting the
republican ticket anyway! There, I said it…

Jennifer carter

October 12th, 2011
10:14 pm

Well Olive Garden is NOT a private establishment it is a PUBLIC place to eat and this IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and if anyone has a problem with displaying the AMERICAN FLAG they should kindly remove themselves to another country!! Not the free one where thousands upon thousands of soldiers DIED so we can be free!

Jennifer carter

October 12th, 2011
10:15 pm

Much Ado……GET A LIFE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY IF THAT IS HOW YOU FEEL AND YOU TOO WILL BE TOO POOR TO VOTE ANYTHING!!!!!!

njinaz

October 12th, 2011
10:16 pm

I CARE TOO! I live in AZ and now i wont be eating at olive garden!

Elizabeth Perfecto

October 12th, 2011
10:23 pm

I think if they don’t want a USA flag around they should go to another country and so should the rest of you!!!

s palmer

October 12th, 2011
10:24 pm

I think a misunderstanding is being turned into something it is not. i bet this could have been resolved without ever having to get the media involved. an American flag of reasonable size should never be denied to be respectfully displayed in any establishment in our country …. it would not interfere with the ambiance of the restaurant … and would be within the area that the Kiwanis was having their event. everyone needs to calm down, accept the apology and enjoy a nice meal together in peace.

EE

October 12th, 2011
10:30 pm

Never again will I eat there or my family, I will make it a point to make sure everyone I know also knows of this. Every instance like this just weekens the country. All the liberal people here who really don’t care about America… just what makes it easier to live there lives without morals and values only to get what they want.. People who really complain about things here should really open there eyes and really see where is it better to live? I am not sure anyone can answer that. And if its is better why do we need to weeken America.. This is the United States of America with the United States Flag. And to all the people who think this is just whining, Are you proud of this country or not.? Olive Garden surely isn’t

Lori Brooks Lear

October 12th, 2011
10:30 pm

VIA Dawne Coffman Gainey
UPDATE! We won! The senior vice president of operations for Olive Garden is flying to town next week to meet with my mother(Marti Warren) and the officers of the Kiwanas Club for lunch and a formal apology. They took the blame in all of this and it is being corrected. Americans Flags are now welcome into their establishments. He could not believe that it hit facebook so strongly around the USA. I spent alot of hours at this computer and with all of your help and support we got the word out! we Won! The story is being covered by National News Stations now. The Vice President will be here again in November to give a speech to all members of Kwianais around the state and so forth, Excepting responsibilty for this inconvenience and announces the policy is corrected! SO thank you all who helped me get the word out, please repost as your status and Fly ole Glory Fly!

Much Ado

October 12th, 2011
10:32 pm

Two tours in Iraq andi was safer over there with those fools than I would be in a crowd of rightwingnutsin hatefill alabama. No change there. Idiots are always harping about some flag like that rag confedkkkrate flag they love to fly down there. trailer trash – all of them. just hate filled no teeth, no health care trash like, like all the so-called “red states.” Your ageless poverty should be your primary concern.

Jennifer R. in Texas

October 12th, 2011
10:39 pm

As far as I’m concerned, Olive Garden should offer more than a weak apology and some weak excuse about a misunderstanding between employees at the Oxford restaurant and corporate. Now that it’s already happened, Olive Garden can say anything and pretend it’s the truth. As for you folks offended by the display of the American flag – shame on you for not being proud and protective of the symbol of ALL that is American. Of course, with our current leader it’s easy to see why this attitude flourishes. Prisoners of war have suffered severe beatings for taking threads from their garments and making an American flag and say it was worth the beating. Others suffered the same fate for drawing the American flag on tiny scraps of paper…sometimes the flag was drawn in blood. If you are an American and don’t understand EXACTLY what the flag means, then you are not deserving to be called an American.

Beth

October 12th, 2011
10:39 pm

@ Worst. Flag. Ever. Why are you here…go back to Mexico. I fly the flag, I am proud to be an Americn. Everything about this is sad. Do you know how many men and women have died so you have the ‘right’ to live here and say thises things..AND fly all of those other flags. The flag stands for something…FREEDOM…yep, you have the right to say what you want..I have the right to say your stupid.

Glen

October 12th, 2011
10:42 pm

It does seem that every time a politician gets caught stealing, he/she wraps him/herself in the flag and hides behind the cross. Certainly when I get mail with flags and/or crosses prominently figured, it is a safe bet that somebody wants access to my wallet. In my experience, whenever I see an American flag design decorating somebody’s hind end, it is never anyone who actually served this country at all (let alone in uniform).

The flag is a symbol. Being an American of value is not measured in symbols, but in actual service to the country.

Why ME

October 12th, 2011
10:45 pm

Sure are a lot of people that can’t read the story right. If the tables were turned and you belonged to some organization and you were told no, you would all cry foul and cry and whine about not being able to express your country, or religion, or race or whatever. For all of you that don’t like the fact that an organization that planned a banquet wanted to hang a flag then maybe you should all look at your lives. Do you belong in this country? Maybe I should complain about all of you who don’t have jobs that I have to support with my tax money? Or the illegal people who I have to support and get better medical then the average person that works their butt off to support their family. Shall I go on and complain about all of you? I cry FOUL on all of that!

bpaonessa

October 12th, 2011
10:47 pm

My dad often has meetings at restaurants. Most often they have a separate room for their meetings and they bring in a flag and say a prayer over the food. These are well known establishments and chains across AMERICA. These groups bring in a lot of revenue when their hold their monthly meetings. The man wasn’t asking the WHOLE place to be a part of it! He just wanted it for their party. I am glad my dad belongs to these organizations where they are PATRIOTIC and GIVE back to their community. If there were more like that, we would be a different nation than we are today.

PJ

October 12th, 2011
10:49 pm

R u people serious? I am a registered Democrat too, but you people are screwed up and give me more reason to switch sides? This was a banquet… That’s why they wanted the flag there, you idiots. They paid money to this establishment for a banquet, but yet they cannot bring the flag in?? WOW, where is this country going? Too much political correctness. They just lost my business and you liberal freaks need to move to a country that isn’t the United States…

Why ME

October 12th, 2011
10:51 pm

PJ you so right!

bjpaonessa

October 12th, 2011
10:52 pm

My dad belongs to these organizations who have these banquets. They bring a lot of revenue into these places. Most places have a separate banquet room to host these parties. My dad’s group ALWAYS show a flag and say a PRAYER before the meal. I know TABOO in today’s society. These groups GIVE a lot back to society. If there were more people dedicated to being patriotic and doing service, this country would not be in the situation we are in now.

UyeahU

October 12th, 2011
10:52 pm

Having been to several Olive Gardens, the restaurants are usually divided into several smaller rooms. Being a private affair, it is very likely that the Kiwanis Club meeting was being held in just such a room, therefore it seems unlikely that an American flag, a Kiwanis banner, the Pledge of Allegiance or anything else would have disrupted the other patrons. I ate at an OG last night BTW, and now have to consider if I want to go back, because the way to hold businesses, Hollywood, TV advertisers, politicians, etc. accountable it to vote with your feet and your dollars. If you don’t like the way you are treated, or the way they treat others of like mind, don’t support them, go elsewhere.

Case in point: a local Mexican restaurant chain, changed their very good salsa with some horrible burnt tasting swill. When we complained, the waiter said (no lie!), “Well, only half of our customers don’t like [our new salsa].” We never went back, apparently we were not alone. They went broke shortly thereafter. Gee, you think it could have been from alienating 50% of your customer base? Whether food or ideology you do not want to anger people from whom you make a living.

I appreciate OG’s apology and if this is truly their policy and not some CYA media response then they need to retrain the manager in question, because if this only makes say, 25% of their patrons angry, that could be a big chunk out of their bottom line.

armywife

October 12th, 2011
11:06 pm

Shame on those of you who dare to disrespect this country as you live & raise your family in it!

paul pullman

October 12th, 2011
11:06 pm

paul pullman

October 12th, 2011
11:09 pm

Yea, they don’t like the flag, but they DAMN sure like that AMERICAN DOLLAR. YOU JERKS NEED TO MOVE TO ONE OF THOSE COUNTRIES AND EAT ROCK’S LIKE THEY DO OVER THERE

LA

October 12th, 2011
11:10 pm

If a restaurant does not want a U.S.or any other flag inside, or outside, their place of business, that is their right. It is NOT a sign of anti-patriotism or anti-American whatever. We will continue to visit Olive Garden for their great food and ongoing corporate patriotism. It is a very American business and shows it’s patriotism in many other great ways and venues. No apology needed from Olive Garden.

Montananurse

October 12th, 2011
11:12 pm

Did anyone actually read the article? Olive Garden has nothing against bringing in the American Flag.

Patrik

October 12th, 2011
11:18 pm

I have never heard such a sorry bunch of whining babies. How dare you ? That flag you refer to is called Old Gory for a reason. Many brave and intelligent men have fought and died for that very symbol – that you think we should just tuck away and only pull out on special occasions. The very fact that you can sit at home in your comfy bed and whine about Olive Garden all night is because some fearless men and women have fought for the ideals of this great country – represented by that flag. It saddens and disgusts me that you weak and childish fools only seem to want freedom and liberty when it affects you and your morning cofee and your kids soccer game. Freedom isnt free – its a constant struggle – mainly because of your laziness and apathy. Tell you what – next time you need help, dont call a Marine – do it yourself…or better yet, call a waiter from Olive Garden. Good Luck !

mike butler

October 12th, 2011
11:21 pm

my understanding was that the garden was being used for a banquet by a club, if so any decorations they wished to display was the renters right whether it was an American flag or a swastika if they paid for the use of the room its theirs to use as they see fit.

grandgee

October 12th, 2011
11:31 pm

I love our flag and this country, but, the club should have asked what the policy was before caring on. I agree Olive Garden should make their policies to all stores and employees a blanket policy so every employee knows. The manager of this Olive Garden certainly should have know the policy. Now give it a break, please. Major incident, I think not..2 mistakes make a wrong on both sides.

doitright

October 12th, 2011
11:36 pm

If the OG restaurant bans any flag of any kind, no matter what, then I’ll go along with the ban of the American flag. Ban one, ban them all. Thus, they’ve put themselves in a postion for no one to see a flag of any kind, ever, in their establishment.

colsteve

October 12th, 2011
11:36 pm

I heard of this on XM radio. I checked it out and let at least twenty of my military retired friends ( a lot of Col’s a GO, retired NCO’s ) know of Darden’s attitude. In Alabama no less! I was stationed there for nearly three years and you can’t beat the patriotism of the Alabama citizens. I live in California where I would expect that. Last Sunday will be the last time I ever step into their dumps! In addition, they are big supporters of Mooch-elle Obama’s fat (herself!) programs.

irene

October 12th, 2011
11:39 pm

if olive garden does not fix this and fix it like now i will do evverything i can do legally to spread the word around to boycott this horrible place. i am sorry for the people who could not fly this flag.

Ray

October 12th, 2011
11:42 pm

For everyone who posted comments about Olive Garden being correct you need to look in the mirror and see the ignorant unamerican you are.Its a private restaurant that woudnt be able to be in business without that flag and what it stands for.Why dont you all go live in a communist country and see how long you would last.Its sad how people in this country have lost touch with what that American flag stands for and the millions of soldiers that have given there life for that flag. I think every proud american should stop going into Olive garden for a year and lets see how long they stay in business?

irene

October 12th, 2011
11:45 pm

did nyone even say if the flag the size ?????? it could of been medium size or small table size you people re just stupid to assume. I say the American flag should be welcome anywhere anytime and anyplace in the good ole USA. mean and women die for and under this flag and if you were ever overseas and were so far away from home and saw the true colors of our falg you would cry just knowing that under that flag is safety. ask any servicemember or person who somehow got put in prison oerseas or got in trouble in another country. You would love to see our colors. you creeps.

Don

October 12th, 2011
11:48 pm

Thanks for the apology,,,but it is a little to late…
did you fire The mgr who would not allow the AMERICAN flag?????
DID YOU MAKE ANY RESTITUTION TO THE GROUP?????
My wife and I had just said , we need to go to the Olive garden and eat…not SO NOW…..
as far as your other rest… we won’t eat there either…..
And as far as the idots writing above,,,lot of men and women died for that old flag….
as you call a idol.??? I’m sure the group would have been in a special room for their meeting…
and if the flag would bother someone,,,,the flag has as much rights to be in America as they do,,,,
They and you above need to get real and a life……GOOT

Don

October 12th, 2011
11:48 pm

The present culture of America STINKS. Americans have no sense of nationalism. I am not looking forward to return to the U.S. Much of the American people have the worst ethics on the planet.

bkrguy

October 12th, 2011
11:48 pm

Ask any veteran, a family member of a deceased veteran, anyone in the military, or any patriot. They’ll be glad to tell you what that flag means. You’re right…. it’s not an idol. It represents this country and all the good it stands for. When you can’t take it anywhere in this country… that’s a slap in the face to all who have died and and served fighting for what it stands for. We send kids home from school who wear the flag on their t-shirts on May the 5th because it offends others who are not from this country. This is AMERICA. You wanted to come to this country because of all it has to offer. Nothing is said about other nationalities coming here waving their countries flag but we should be ashamed if we wave our flag. NEVER. I lost to many friends and family members fighting for this country. And now I am a disabled AMERICAN INDIAN veteran. No regrets. Would do it again. If anyone doesn’t love this country and all it stands for… the door swings both ways. Just as you are free to come you are also free to go. I’ve never met a veteran that didn’t love this country. Please don’t disrespect the service members and their families. This flag represents this great country and all who are a part of it.

ga.peachgal

October 13th, 2011
12:00 am

It was a banquet for the group! Not sure that would be in the same room with other customers but a flag should have been allowed no matter the size!
I don’t go to OG and guess I won’t in the future either!

redodump

October 13th, 2011
12:07 am

I even once took it right in the dumpster in an Olive Garden that me and my manager frequently visited the cooler.

bkrguy

October 13th, 2011
12:14 am

I do thank the media contact for issuing the apology but, for their sake, I hope it’s not too little too late. This country has it’s flaws but WE are still, by far, the greatest country on earth.

Denise McMichael

October 13th, 2011
12:17 am

@ jj, your statement is exactly what one would expect from someone of your caliber! You should be ashamed for referring to Mrs. Warren as a “loony” lady!! Apparently you don’t even know her, but I’ll bet if you keep calling her names, you might get to know her…….just ask Olive Garden Management……

Waldo

October 13th, 2011
12:26 am

Nice Olive Garden, real slick one you thought you could probably get away with. It is cool, you have offended hundreds if not thousands of people now and it is probably safe to see a drop in your sales. Poor judgement. You may not serve American food, but you’re located in America. Do what you want, everyone else does. Just know that your actions have consequences.

Doug White

October 13th, 2011
12:28 am

I used to frequent your restaurants several times a month, Now I absolutely will not go to another store under the parent flag. There is no way a store could/should miss policy by that degree unless some/much fact was actually the truth. Here I come Carraba’s and Macaroni Grill.

DrBrown300

October 13th, 2011
12:32 am

I’ve read several of the ignorant comments and felt compelled to give a history listen to those writers.
First, did you notice the age of the lady? Probably not. 80 !!! That should tell you a lot about this person. Congratulations on achieving this honor, Mrs. Warren.
People, respect your elders.
Second, do the math. Mrs. Warren, and her Kiwanis Club, lived through WWII (World War 2 for those of you who slept through History Class). Hundreds of thousands of their fellow Americans died in that War, and many who survived will tell you stories about those who were killed. Back then, the American flag meant more than it does now. And to the ones who lived in those crazy times, it still means a lot. Do not deprive these REAL Americans of displaying the flag, or any other request that they have. They ARE the reason that we have our freedom to enjoy. Let them enjoy it also. They earned it!

Joseph T

October 13th, 2011
12:36 am

Let me start by saying that I am appalled at some the comments and things being said here. Number one the flag is not decoration and should never be compared to NFL team banners. The flag is a symbol of the United States and our freedom we enjoy. Second Olive Garden should NOT and DOES NOT have the right to deny the display of the American Flag. And to think that anyone would not be concerned about this is just sad.
Many people have forgotten where we come from and that is a PROBLEM!! This country did not start off as a free nation. We started as people who were controlled by a king over 3000 miles away. But once we fought and lost many Americans we became free and were able to have a symbol to display.
If we don’t get concerned about this kind of thing then we are in trouble.
And now just to get a little offended my self I DO NOT appreciate being called dumb. I am an American and this is not the home of the dumb. If you think that America is full of dumb people including yourself (”American” from above) then you can take your unhappy self to Italy and get free food for a flag or better yet take yourself to some place like China where you would be put in prison for saying something like that!!

S Tamayo

October 13th, 2011
12:37 am

Shame on all of you, I gather from your comments supporting Olive Garden restaurant to keep the American Flag out of the diner says to me that none of you ever Defended The Constitution of the United States. Many, Many Lives have been sacrificed for the rights and freedoms that you enjoy today. Have more than some respect for the Brave Men and Women who served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces. If you don’t like it, move out of this country! I would rather you just say thank you and keep your comments to yourself.

US Vet

October 13th, 2011
12:40 am

Your DAMN right boycott Olive Garden……The consumer has a lot of power!

S Tamayo

October 13th, 2011
12:40 am

Further more, I will never ever step foot at any Olive Garden Restaurant; even if they offered me a free meal ticket.

Waldo

October 13th, 2011
12:43 am

Also, several of you have made comments about the size of the flag and hanging it on the wall. I don’t recall anyone mentioning that it was a 36′ flag that they wanted to drill into the wall of the place. For all we know it could have been a small hand held flag they were going to put into a cake or something. I seriously hope not, if I had to guess I would say it was probably standard size and they probably had it attached to a pole and were going to simply stand it there near them.
This was a banquet, and banquets are usually held in banquet rooms…you know away from the non banquet patrons. We should stop treating the flag as if it is an abomination and seeing it somewhere should not make us mad or uncomfortable. However, the most beautiful thing about America is also the worst thing. Too many people want things their way, and you will never please everyone. BUT, you shouldn’t disrespect your country by not allowing the symbol of if to be displayed in some over priced canned dinner place. My advice, take your banquet and your business to a more suitable place and bring two flags. Take lots of photos and make a copy of your receipt. Then mail copies of the photos and the money you spent to Olive Garden. Do this each time your organization has an event. It may not solve much, but it is harmless to anything except pride and it will probably make you feel better too.
Deuces to the America haters, get out already. We do not need the negative energy.

Mimi

October 13th, 2011
1:13 am

I love America. I love our flag. But come on. Maybe these people should have held their meeting at a library, a lodge, a hotel with meeting rooms, any place other than a restaurant! I would give my life for America but I don’t want to have to go into a restaurant and have people arguing about our flag. Hold your meeting somewhere else, eat at Olive Garden, that’s what it is, a restaurant!

SKVAM

October 13th, 2011
1:27 am

Ah those sunshine patriots. Their patriotism worships the primitive totem, the flag. Our banner, our totem, our sacred woven cotton poly blend made in China. Holy, holy, holy is the flag. As another comment said, can’t these “patriots,” often the loudest of them are gun toting members living in the former Confederacy who can’t stand African Americans or immigrants, states with poor educational standards, worse infrastructure, and little democratic virtues, can’t these “patriots” just eat and worship the sacred cotton elsewhere. And by the way, NO ONE ever died for the flag, if they did they were stupid. They died for an idea, freedom, liberty. And not all that liberty is protected by weapons; actually most of it is protected by intellectuals and thinkers, and plenty by the nonviolent arts, such as civil disobedience. Grow up. Eat at the restaurant and pray in a church or temple, just stop PRAYING in the STREETS, as Christ told YOU NOT to do.

The People's Republic of Olive Garden

October 13th, 2011
1:40 am

June, 2009: Olive Garden pulls all advertising from ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ after a joke regarding Sarah Palin’s daughter backfires. While Progressives around the nation condemn Olive Garden’s decision to pull advertising from David Letterman’s show, Conservatives around the country applaud OG’s decision vowing to eat only at Olive Garden until the forthcoming Rapture or Dale Earnhardt Jr opens his own restaurant chain, whichever comes first.
Many good loyal non-Communist Americans also called the restaurant’s action – “The single most patriotic movement since Ronald Reagan and John Wayne had to simultaneously share an outhouse during the 1967 Bohemian Grove meeting”. Olive Garden’s business in red states (real ‘murika states) skyrockets, as does obesity rates and cases of diabetes in those very same geographical locations.

October, 2011: The honeymoon is over. After 2 years of listening to Tea Party mantras and jingoistic fan-boyism from the mostly conservative customer base regarding the evils of purchasing imported products “made overseas by foreigners” and the God given right of a business “to do whatever it wants” the management at an Olive Garden in Alabama decides to take action banning everything within the restaurant not originally of domestic origin – no exceptions. Unfortunately this policy included over half of the kitchen staff and more notably the ‘made in China’ flag of the United States brought in by a Kiwanis Club member during a pre arranged gathering, but rules are rules.
Conservatives, unimpressed by the mild xenophobic attempt to curry favor by Olive Garden management become outraged, completely overlooking the hypocritical nature of their complaints. One self described Neocon stated “I really thought the Olive Garden was different, you know? I guess if I want to eat authentic, home style Italian food, looks like I’ll have to go elsewhere now”.

BGantt

October 13th, 2011
1:40 am

To those that think that it is not a big deal, go face to face to a soldier that has had a severe injury while serving YOUR country or to a family who has lost a loved one while serving YOUR country and tell them its no big deal or who cares!
The US flag belongs in any place in our country and if you do not like it move out of our country! IDIOTS!

LG

October 13th, 2011
1:45 am

So much for fighting for freedom for all. If we deny anyone in the US their freedom, then our military service was in vain. Army 1964.

Derek

October 13th, 2011
1:47 am

What if the American Nazi Party wanted to honor one of it’s members. Should they be allowed to display their flag? Or the American Communist Party or the Ku Klux Klan. Why should any restaurant be put in the position of approving one group while denying another? I am sure that there are many States Rights proponents that would only want the State Flag Flown. Do you think secessionist Rick Perry would allow the U.S. Flag at a private function for him? If you are secure in your citizenship and love your country you don’t have to force your politics through private doors.

BGantt

October 13th, 2011
1:48 am

LG, THANK YOU for your service!

BGantt

October 13th, 2011
1:50 am

Derek we are not a club dude, we are a country! Big difference

Geronimo

October 13th, 2011
2:01 am

Hey, it’s the Olive Garden, not Burger King. You can’t always expect to “have it your way.” But then, some people expect everyone to fall all over themselves servicing their every whim. Especially when they get really old.

STUPIDPPL!!!

October 13th, 2011
2:02 am

I’m sure the flag wasn’t that big you idiots…an 80 year old woman was carrying it! If the Olive garden can’t let ppl that rented out the place for a banquet hang the U.S flag then the Olive Garden relocate to a 3rd world country and see how they get treated. And if anyone here disagrees, you too can’t hop on a boat and let it float til you reach a destination other than the U.S!

CJ Hunt

October 13th, 2011
2:06 am

To Skegeeace and to all others who have so carelessly responded to this article: This is first and foremost “jj” not an incident strictly devoted to “this loony woman and her organization”, it is about the truth and promise of this country; and that alone is represented by the American Flag. This story is about HONOR. I would bet my life that you Sir or Ma’am have never had the privilege of serving our Great Country, or have never had the HONOR to call yourself a member of the Armed Services. I have, and with that undying devotion and respect to Country and Uniform comes a responsibility, to unfortunately accept (although begrudgingly) those who disagree, are ambivalent or who are just plainly disrespectful to our Country and yes, her Flag…’Old Glory’ and a.k.a ‘The National Ensign’. She is the sole reason we are the nation we are today, or have we forgotten our U.S. History lessons? Why did we fight the British so vehemently? wrapped in a decades long struggle for Independence. So that we could all dine at the local pub under another nation’s banner? Not so, we wanted unity in Spirit and Country and that my friends, is the truest embodiment of the American Flag. Say what you will…However, I challenge all of you to have a clear head and remember this: we all have the freedom of expression in this Country, because countless lives (All lives: Service members past and present, 9/11 Heroes, Firefighters and Policemen, Teachers and Ministers, the list is endless…) have been lost protecting that coveted freedom. America is still to this day, a strong and enduring nation, because honorable people so willingly give their freedom to live, to ensure that you and I will always have the freedom to speak; disrespecting the American Flag for whatever reason, is ultimately disrespecting the American soil under your feet.

required

October 13th, 2011
2:08 am

…” we welcome anyone who wishes to bring the flag into our restaurants. In fact, we periodically provide American flag collar pins to our employees to wear while serving guests.”

woo hoo much ado about nuthing

Mark

October 13th, 2011
2:20 am

Olive Garden has the right to deny a person the right to hang a flag, just as I have the right to never eat there again. It’s a free country.

mickkiyinyourface

October 13th, 2011
2:23 am

Hot and Fresh – you probably never did or never would dine there anyway you stupid f#$k!!! I haven’t eaten at Olive Garden in 20 years but that has nothing to do with their disallowing someone to parade there political or social agenda. Why would you want to spend good money to treat yourself to a night out to have people marching in forwarding there political/social agendas in front of you? I go out to a restaurant to enjoy and relax, not to have other peoples agendas shoved in my face. Keep it where it belongs A-hole!!!

Dave

October 13th, 2011
2:40 am

Respect begets respect or should be the norm. A boycott would be an overkill issue. Individuals have the right to eat, at a place of their choosing. Olive Garden respects our rights and I certainly respect their rights.
Like someone wrote earlier, there is a time and place, for everything.

slummyzeru

October 13th, 2011
2:58 am

you people do know it was a misunderstanding casued by the specific resturants staff not the company right?

Logan

October 13th, 2011
4:03 am

If it was a reasonable size flag i see no problem. Olive Garden apologized and said their employee misunderstood. Most likely a middle age restaurant manager mad at the world and on a power trip. To the people saying they will boycott these restaurants, you sound like babies grow up!

PositiveCynic

October 13th, 2011
5:43 am

The flag is a symbol and when we do not recognize the rights of individuals or companies not to have that symbol on display we are inherently not understanding the true meaning behind our country’s flag. It appears the flag thing was a misunderstanding, but I find it disturbing that some might encourage others to not do business with any owner or company that exercises their rights under our American democracy which our flag symbolizes by forced to display a symbol of our American Democracy.

nan

October 13th, 2011
5:56 am

It may be a private establishment, but the Kiwanis was paying Olive Garden to hold a private banquet there. I used to run Blue and Gold banquets for Cub Scouts, we not only brought the American Flag into a restaurant, we had a big ceremony as it was marched in. This is America and our flag should be allowed anywhere and everywhere! America fights for freedom for all….and that is what the flag represents. Where is America? I miss it desperately.

TB2CENTS

October 13th, 2011
6:04 am

This is America. At least someone still respects that. Our country has been under fire regarding our flag and taking God out of everything. God loves our country and everyone else’s. We should be proud to be here and this establishment should be proud to serve in our country. If our flag is a problem for them, perhaps they should find another place to do business.

Kenneth C.

October 13th, 2011
6:13 am

I guess all you who say that Olive Garden did a good thing and said, No. Well here’s what I have to say, too bad you were born to this day and age, you ungrateful POS, if you had been born in the 40″s your whole outlook would have been different, If those1.5 million men and women felt like you and didn’t fight for this country we would be speaking Japanese, or German, but they did, they did it for their families and people they would never know, but what do you care, you by your comment just sh*t on the constitution, and every life lost to this nation for that fu*ken flag,Here’s some reminders : THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, CIVIL WAR,WW1, WW2, KOREA, VIETNAM, DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, AFGHANISTAN,IRAQ, and many other’s I may have missed, but their there a head stone for all of them, all so you can sit on your fu*ken ass, so you can eat your food without looking at a flag that should be something of pride, instead of a cloth to wipe your ass on. They who died for that flag, They did it so today you can do the things you do without a bullet, bomb, or corpse parts laying around you, the next time you open up your fu*ken mouth it better be to thank a Veteran who did the time to make sure you can sleep nice and snug in bed, or drive down the street, or love who you want, without wondering if you will have food, or clothes, or if your child will be able to walk down the street without being picked up to fight in some idiot warlords war, yeah you think about that the next time someone wants to display that flag, and you remember the millions who died because of it, you ungrateful fu*ks.

USMC

October 13th, 2011
6:15 am

If the Boy Scouts were having a Planned Banquet at the Olive Garden wouldnt you expect them to bring their Flag & the American Flag. ? The Flags are always present at Banquets & meetings. The same holds true with The Kiwanis, VFW, American Legion ,etc. Knowing this , as they should have, Olive Garden shouldnt have booked the banquet in the first place, if their so against displaying Our Flag (sell your business to an American and leave the USA) As far as I’m concerned, you’re no longer a member. I’m also sure you have a special Banquet Room for such activities, away from the regular dining customers. Refusing to allow the American Flag, is as Anti-American, as you can get. If all you retarded people have a problem with this and view the rejection by Olive Garden as a Right.or not wanting to offend some ignorant a**, Please Feel Free to Leave this Country,

USMC

October 13th, 2011
6:21 am

Kenneth C. Thank You, you said it all, I’m so pissed of all these ignorant A** Holes Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!!!!

USMC

October 13th, 2011
6:35 am

Hey Geronimo,
yesterday I saw a new bumper sticker, ” save a fish- spear an Indian

william miller

October 13th, 2011
6:36 am

i bet if they were picketed for a period of time they would fly our flag them selves, i just don’t think it is rite. i dont think it would’ve hurt anyone to let them fly OUR flag for a short time…

conlmac

October 13th, 2011
6:42 am

Just another indication that everyone in America has “protected” rights except Americans. This story is pathetic and I don’t buy the miscommunication BS. If you are in America and the flag, the symbol of all of our freedoms, sickens you…go live in another country that has nothing to represent freedoms because there are none.

Skeets

October 13th, 2011
6:47 am

What more is there to add? Oh Yeah now I remember,,,,,, SEMPER FI

Fred

October 13th, 2011
6:48 am

If your so against Our flag, you may burn it. But please wrap yourself in it First.

ps: I’ll supply the flag

Ex-Olive Garden Patron

October 13th, 2011
6:49 am

This is the United States of America and our flag should be welcome in any establishment. We need to remember what our flag represents. This is not the coutnry I grew up in. When did displaying the American flag become such a problem. If you are an American citizen this is your flag, If you are a visting immigrant you need to respect the flag of the nation you are in. I’ll never step foot in another Olive Garden!

MIchael

October 13th, 2011
7:04 am

I will not go into Olive Garden again. As a private establishment, it does have the right to set its policies…I also have the right not to give them any of my hard earned money!

Chuck

October 13th, 2011
7:15 am

The American Flag should be permitted ANYWHERE in this country!!!

LC

October 13th, 2011
7:23 am

The Olive Garden is a private business, and I am a private citizen who have decided that I don’t care to give my business to this establishment.

jerry koff

October 13th, 2011
7:27 am

Olive Garden rules, why should they let some old bag re-decorate their restaurant?

bubbainAF07

October 13th, 2011
7:40 am

As a military reservist who was activated and sent to Afghanistan for 8 months, I had occasion to dine frequently in the dining facilities there where Old Glory was prominently on display. Funny but it never “disrupted my dining experience”. Quit eating OG’s frozen pasta, cheap greens and bread.

Carson

October 13th, 2011
7:48 am

I would like to see American flags on every home and evry public building in this great country of ours. We are losing our substance people….WAKE UP!!!

Vetrep

October 13th, 2011
7:48 am

Sounded to me management regretted what happened and gave one of the most mature and sincere apologize’s I ever heard.

paocgirl

October 13th, 2011
7:52 am

Jerry Koff, it is because of the American Flag and what it stands for that allows you to flap your lips in such a nasty and disrespectful way. In other countries you would not be so lucky. If you knew what Kiwanis Club members do you might hesitate to call someone an old bag. What they do may very well benefit you or a member of your family someday.

TL OMEARA

October 13th, 2011
7:55 am

If you’re in America at a restaurant in America, enjoying the freedom of being in America, you’d better bow to the flag and hang it everywhere you can!! Otherwise, leave. Olive Garden, speak to your employees in English about the American Flag- since you’re in America!

william gily

October 13th, 2011
7:56 am

I will spend my money else where. So long Olive Garden

CalBM1

October 13th, 2011
8:04 am

Dont you people read the artical before you run your mouth? You all should join the tea party pukes.They run their mouths about things they do not about , just to hear themselves make noise

Tom Kline

October 13th, 2011
8:11 am

“When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag carrying a bible.” Sinclair said that.

bamaboy65

October 13th, 2011
8:12 am

For all those who feel that the little old American lady need not be able to display the American flag at a restruant in America by an American Organization for Americans are either forginers or just plain UN AMERICAN. Go back to Iran, Siria, Palistine or whatever crap hole you crawled out of and talk your jibberish to those slime balls!

Rod43

October 13th, 2011
8:15 am

The ONLY reason resteraunts can operate in this country can be attributed to our Great Country. If they refuse to show patriatism by not allowing the American Flag, then they should close up shop and go to Iran or North Korea! I WILL NEVER AGAIN STEP FOOT IN ANY OF THESE RESTERAUNTS! EVER!!

A. Patriot

October 13th, 2011
8:19 am

At no place did I see where it stated the size of the Flag. Most organizations have special flag and stand that are designed for in use in places like that. They are not big and can usually take place of center piece on the table. No wonder every fanatic terrorist group wants to take shots at us. This country is not standing up and backing its own flag. It makes me sad to think people are losing respect for this country.

diane

October 13th, 2011
8:19 am

Did no one read the apology by Olive Garden? They DO allow flags & even provide their employees with flag pins for certain occasions. For my three uncles, all brothers, who served in World War II – one who lost his life, for my deceased in-laws, both Marines during World War II, for my brother who served in the Viet Nam War & for two friends who lost their lives there, for my son-in-law who is on his second tour in the Middle East, & for my country, I salute my flag which is the symbol of my freedom & welcome it anywhere & any place. God Bless America!

mudsoldier

October 13th, 2011
8:24 am

its the flag i fought under in viet nam.. i never read anything in the story that it was an “ENORMOUS” flag
like any organization i belong to we usually say the pledge of allegiance before each meeting… and whats wrong with that..

trip65

October 13th, 2011
8:25 am

even McDonalds waves the American Flag, why shouldnt olive garden? if somebody is offended by it they obviously dont belong here. some people forget what that flag stands for as well as the kiwannis .

Clifford Kish

October 13th, 2011
8:35 am

Will never eat in an Olive Garden again. Its a shame in a private room for a meeting you cannot
show the American Flag. Its their right as a restaurant to do what they want but just another
political correct thing to please a few and lose a lot of customers. They are so stupid and will
kiss ass later with coupons to get customers back. All the anti flag blogs are communist and
ACLU liberals anyway.

Scott

October 13th, 2011
8:38 am

Persian Owner you opening your idiot mouth should have just moved you to the top of the list to boycott. DON’T PATRON ANY OLIVE GARDEN ON HWY 92 PEOPLE. If you’re so hot and heavy on your flag and country what are you doing here. Stick it where the sun don’t shine and take your butt home. That makes you one of the problems this country has. GO HOME!!!!!!!

Anti Americans SUCK!

October 13th, 2011
8:38 am

Well lsts see ABC! Can you go a few hours WITHOUT YOUR FREEDOM THESE MEN AND WOMEN OF HAVE SERVED AND “DIED” FOR TO SAVE “YOU” AND “ME” AND “EVERYONE” ELSE DINING IN THAT ESTABISHMENT AND “EVERYWHERE WE BREATHE”. Why dont you get out of your pencil pushing job if you even HAVE a real job and you put on the US uniform and walk and fight for your life as well as ours in all weather elements see people shot, stab, blown up and missing limbs to come back and get a “slap in the face”. I eat at Olive Garden once a month maybe twice for “date night” I may take my date night somewhere else. Yes I CARE VERY MUCH. I am not able to fight for our country with my hands due to personal reasons but there are plenty of other ways to stand up for the US! What is wrong with some of you, you take every little breath you have for granted and the FREEDOM to go and do whatever whenever you want! I do not give 2 cents who slams me on here but how dare you speak to or about our FLAG or our SOLIDERS WHO RISK THEIR LIFE FOR “US”! This guy just wanted to hang our Flag for a while for whatever his reason does he NOT deserve that? This ole timer goes way back you probably could not handle even a night dream that he has experienced in REAL LIFE! Grow up!

antiquechick

October 13th, 2011
8:43 am

…well I’m gonna miss these restaurants…taking my business where USA still means something!!

NJ

October 13th, 2011
8:48 am

My sister and I used to go there for soup and salad on our Sister’s Day Out, but now you will not see us in Olive Garden again, or Longhorns or Red Lobster. Shame on their corporate officers and shame on their employees who refused the UNITED STATES FLAG!!!!! :(

steve russel

October 13th, 2011
8:49 am

it’s a restaurant thats all

steve russel

October 13th, 2011
8:50 am

Enter your comments here

Chelle

October 13th, 2011
8:53 am

Guys, it wasn’t “Olive Garden” itself that said don’t bring the flag. It was one employee, who acted alone. Probably wasn’t sure what the corp ment with it’s rules and just messed up. Can’t punish everyone for that. Plus Olive Garden sent out an appology. Give it a break and don’t jump the gun so quickly.

BRETT WILKINSON

October 13th, 2011
8:54 am

Skejeeace,The flag is not an idol,But for any body who ever fought for what it stands for, we idolize the meaning.

antigoodietwshoes

October 13th, 2011
8:54 am

our flag has a symbol of freedom, many of our family and friends gave there lives for this symbol, many more fought for our flag, which represents our freedom. not one penny of american money should be spent in your restraunt, in gwinnet county, GA.

TS

October 13th, 2011
8:56 am

This was noy a religious flag (which could “offend” some because it goes against their beliefs), this was the American flag which should be welcomed anywhere in our great nation. We are slowly giving this country away, i.e. in my sons school learning spanish is a mandatory requirement…REALLY? I thank God for immigration for without it VERY few of us would be here, but come on people. This is America; yes this nation has its problems but we are a great nation and as such should take pride in that. Displaying the american flag should make us proud, not angered or offended. AMERICA-LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT. (We wont miss you, we promise)

Bob

October 13th, 2011
8:56 am

We will never eat there again !

summer

October 13th, 2011
8:57 am

I will never go there again nor will my family memebers. You should have the American flag there everyday!!! .

WPMcCracken

October 13th, 2011
9:01 am

Pay them in Euro and see what happens!

Alice

October 13th, 2011
9:05 am

I’ve been reading through these comments, you people are redic. At most places when u have a banquet you have to rent part of the place out…by doing so most place will tell you to decorate however you want. Apparently, Olive Garden is not one of those places. It’s stupid and not right that they pitched a fit and didn’t allow it. That being said, I think I’ll eat at Olive Garden today…just me and my giant American flag.

james

October 13th, 2011
9:05 am

Who is still proud enough of this country to even fly a flag? I don’t even recognize the place.
We have no rights anywhere here. Why should we even want to fly it?

DonW83

October 13th, 2011
9:05 am

I fought for this country. Retired from the Army. This is not an appropriate place to bring an American flag, unless it is for a formal banquet. It is a private restraunt with the right to make its own policies. It’s a place for eating food, not for pushing/showing one’s politics or patriotism. If it bothers you, don’t go back to Olive Garden. It’s not going to affect me one way or another.

Barberosa Lang

October 13th, 2011
9:08 am

I don’t like there nasty food anyway, so this is the perfect excuse to use next time my family wants to go there. The Ziti is tasteless and the lasangna makes me want to vomit (tooooo much tomatoe sauce). Go to Sam’s Club and buy the frozen store brand of same dishes, taste BETTTER,and “Price is Right”…..

Attilla49

October 13th, 2011
9:09 am

In response to the questions of “who would bring an American flag into a restaurant”. It was for a Kiwanis Club banquet. Kiwanis Club, Lions and Rotary Clubs are usually patriotic in makeup and start their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer and the singing of God Bless America. If the restaurant wants the business then they should accommodate the customer.

On another note, I spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy defending the principles on which this country was founded. I revere the flag, the Pledge of Allegiance and am a Christian, not in the sense that I preach to others but that I believe in God and Jesus Christ. As I took an oath to defend these principles I support and respect the rights of those who do not wish to salute the flag, state the Pledge or believe in God. However, these people do not have the right to infringe upon my rights and should respect my beliefs as well. Though you have the right not to do these things there is nothing in our Constitution that guarantees you won’t be exposed to it. Especially, when you live in a country that not only guarantees your rights and beliefs but celebrates the differences that make us a diverse an interesting nation. The flag is a symbol of this nation. It is not the personal flag of the current President, Congress, individual political party. It is a symbol of the ideals that built this nation, the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States and the Emancipation Proclamation. It is a symbol that represents all of us who live in this country, Red, Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Gay, Straight, Bi, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Wiccan, Agnostic, Atheist or whatever deity you choose to worship or not. More importantly if you CHOOSE to live in this country, it represents you, the common citizen, whether you believe in it or not…..

dlplv

October 13th, 2011
9:13 am

Americans are such hyproites when it comes to “rallying around the flag” in cases like this.
The flag is an emblem, folks, not a sacrad shroud…though ‘Sarah Palin thought it was ok to wrap herself in it like it was, for one of her Newsweek covers. There were no shouts of “sacrilage” then… Why??
After 9/11 flags were everywhere. Not because of patriotism but because it was the sudden “fad” and was pushed by flag manufacturers…who, by the way are mostly in China and Taiwan…OUTSOURCED by the very partriotic “lets make a buck off of this” attitude of business in America.

I for one, do not like Olive Garden, never have but primaily because of it’s premade frozen entrees shipped in from a central “food factory” that produces everything and sends it out in caselots to the chain nation wide where they just heat and serve. But I applaud that they don’t bow to the zealots that think we should be accausted by the red white and blue wherever we go.

gerry

October 13th, 2011
9:13 am

Good thing they apologized, or it would be the last time, I would ever go there.

Barberosa Lang

October 13th, 2011
9:13 am

@ Atilla49…….
Love your comments…

Terri

October 13th, 2011
9:15 am

My son was an employee of Olive Garden here on L.I. when 9/11 happened. The company had beautiful tee shirts made with their restaurant name and a beautiful American flag in support of America for their employees. I think this particular incident was unfortunate but the restaurant is taking steps to correct it. I love Olive Garden and will continue to frequent their establishment.

IamJane

October 13th, 2011
9:16 am

Another chain restaurant I will be avoiding! Imagine, having the freedom to run their business in this great country of ours, but ashamed to fly our flag! How in the world can’t that be a “policy”!
DON’T SUPPORT THEM! There are so many better restaurants!!!

Teresa Zatkovic

October 13th, 2011
9:16 am

People, Olive Garden did issue an apology. They do not have an issue with bringing the American Flag into their establishment.

Mel Olson

October 13th, 2011
9:18 am

At a time when our country has been kicked and spat on by so many, with so much disrespect for the military and lack of faith in the country, I am more in awe of the many negative post here than Olive Garden not allowing the flag, which was a poor judgment call by the employee at that location.
God Bless America and the people with freedom of speech.

Kevin

October 13th, 2011
9:24 am

This is the AMERICAN flag you dimwits, love it or leave it.

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Megawatt

October 13th, 2011
9:24 am

This is such a non-issue. Any private business has the right to say no to anyone at any time for any reason. If the flag is similar to others I’ve seen hung by civic groups it would have taken up the entire wall. If you want to decorate a restaurant like that then you need to rent a banquet hall or private dining room.

Mr. G

October 13th, 2011
9:26 am

Anthony Paul,

If you need a donation to help buy your ticket out of the United States, just let me know. Comparing the American Flag to a Nazi flag is stunning. I couldn’t give a crap about “blanket banner policies”. The American Flag should be excluded from any law, policy, rule regarding banners. In the name of all those patriots that have given their lives for our country and the flag it represents, you should be ashamed of your position.

DN

October 13th, 2011
9:30 am

I’m reading these comments and seeing all these people say that Olive Garden did right in rejecting the display of the American flag.

If you call yourself an American, then act like it!!! You sure enjoy what America stands for, when it benefits you, but when someone wants to show that they ARE AMERICANS, you say “there is a time and place for it….”

All of you “anti-American” folks…… catch the next boat out of this country and LEAVE!!!

THIS IS AMERICA AND IF THE FLAG IS REQUESTED TO FLY, IT WILL FLY WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE FLOWN!!!

EVERYWHERE IN AMERICA!!!!

It does not matter if it is an Italian company or anything else for that matter!!!

IF YOU ARE IN AMERICA AND CLAIM TO BE AMERICAN, THEN YOU SHOULD BE PROUD AND DEMAND THE AMERICAN FLAG BE FLOWN!!!

MY ANCESTORS DIED FOR THAT FLAG AND BY GOD, AMERICAN’S SHOULD HONOR THAT!!!!

ALWAYS!!!!

If you do not like to stand behind what America stands for, then pack your bags and LEAVE!!!!

THIS IS AMERICA PEOPLE!!!! NOT AFRICA- AMERICA, NOT ITIALIAN- AMERICA, NOT ANYTHING – AMERICA…….. JUST AMERICA AND JUST AMERICAN!!!!

NO OTHER FLAG FLIES IN THIS COUNTRY ABOVE THE AMERICAN FLAG!!! PERIOD!!!

If you don’t stand behind the American symbol that gave you your freedoms, then you go somewhere else!!!

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND LET HER FLAG FLY WITH PRIDE EVERYWHERE HERE!!!

For those who are downing this act, pack your bags and leave!!! You are not wanted here and no one is forcing you to be here!!!!

Freedom Is Not Free

October 13th, 2011
9:35 am

Disrupt the “Italian Theme”??? Wouldn’t the server’s AMERICAN accent while taking the order in ENGLISH take that theme away??? Or the many other dinners who are speaking ENGLISH during their American-Italian meal take away from the Italian theme???

& NO Olive Garden is NOT a private business, you don’t have to be a paid member to enter the restaurant. It is not an exclusive place … it is very public!!!

“These Poor People”??? DARDEN is by far “poor”.

Jeanie

October 13th, 2011
9:37 am

The American Flag is who we are. It should be allowed in public establishments. This is, after all America and many of our sons and daughters have given their lives for it and their families in turn suffering those losses. I am disgusted each and every time I hear a story like this. If a restaurant or any other public place doesn’t want our Flag present, then by all means go to another country and live. I have no use nor care to spend my money anyplace who will not allow our symbol of sacrifice and freedom to be displayed.

Jocelyn

October 13th, 2011
9:38 am

I am surprised at how many people can not actually comprehend what they are reading. The article stated that the local resteraunt made an error in the intrepretation of the rules of Olive Garden and they do not prohibit displaying a flag. This was a banquet and if I rent a place I may want to display some things that pertain to my group. I don’t think an American flag should ever be considered offensive if it is you are living in the wrong country go find another where you are not offended by the symbols of the nation. (WHICH ALL HAVE A FLAG AS FAR AS I KNOW?) At any rate it said it WAS NOT Olive Garden policy. I mean really seperation of state and dining? That would be weird.

Arturo

October 13th, 2011
9:40 am

To Whocares: What is wrong with you,…just keep your socialist mouth shut, you obviously know nothing of Patriotism. I for one served this Country so dumb a– peasants like you could have the opportunity say such as this. Try burning a Flag in front of me or disrepect one of these fine gentlemen in front of me…a lesson would be learned.

woodman

October 13th, 2011
9:40 am

Well ABC and Whocares, maybe you two need to respect the flag. As far as any member who served the flag WE CARE, I feel sorry for you who don’t, I will never eat at Olive Garden or Red lobster again. I know one person will not matter to the large corp,but I will feel better.

woodman

October 13th, 2011
9:43 am

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Ann mcc

October 13th, 2011
9:45 am

time to boycott Olive Garden

carol greeno

October 13th, 2011
9:46 am

I knew there was a reason why I don’t go to Olive Garden and Red Lobster. We do live in America and plenty of people have given their lives for that flag and what it stands for.

CARLA DOUGLAS

October 13th, 2011
9:47 am

APPARENTLY MOST OF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND—REPRESENTATION OF WHAT THE FLAG STANDS FOR–YOU WOULDN’T HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE WHERE TO EAT OR TO LIVE, OR GO TO WORK!! MY HUSBAND FOUGHT IN VIETNAM, MY BORTHER-IN-LAW-IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT WARS AND A SON-IN-LAW IN IRAQ!! ANYWHERE THE AMERICAN FLAG IS NOT ALLOWED SHOULD BE CLOSED DOWN. IF THEY DON’T WANT THE AMERICAN FLAG GO TO A COUNTRY WHERE IT IS NOT FLOWN!!!

True American Vet

October 13th, 2011
9:50 am

My comment is that it seems that most Americans that have never fought for Freedom really do not understand what the Flag means. Just look around our nation, you can see whats happening if you open your eyes. Our country is slowly deteriorating. First our rights, then our lives. Look at past history of other countries that have fallen. Wake up true Americans and see whats going on in our country.

GL MASSEY

October 13th, 2011
9:51 am

BOYCOTT Olive Garden … unpatriotic company which doesnt believe in God nor Country. Another corporation we need to depose of and bankrupt.

Jtl

October 13th, 2011
9:52 am

I wonder if the US Army disrupted the dining experience of real Italians when it displayed the US flag as it rolled through their country in WWII? If so, perhaps B.O. should go there and apologize for our Army’s insensitivity.

inittoknowit

October 13th, 2011
9:53 am

Good for Olive Garden. Other establishments should hold firm to the same. Enough already with whinnying ass, always got something to say, flag symbolic, idol worshiping fools.

JimmyB

October 13th, 2011
9:54 am

Those of you who agree with Olive Garden are idiots. Try telling our troops that they cannot display a US flag at an event at a local restaurant. That club was in no way being disrespectful. It’s not like they wanted to display an old confederate flag. It was a current United States of America flag. A flag this club displays all the time. IDIOTS!!!!! I will NEVER to another Olive Garden.

Kat

October 13th, 2011
9:54 am

As Olive Garden’s corporate office said, there was a misunderstanding between the office and the restaurant. You’ll never eat there again? Poor food? Apparently, many people like it so they probably aren’t crying into their cheap vino. Get over yourself posters!

Sandria Thorn

October 13th, 2011
9:56 am

The flag issue has not even crossed my mind since I started reading the remarks concerning the two parties. I am just plain bewildered that so many people that live here from other countries apparently hate us and our country so much. Why are you here? I do not go to places or around people that I hate. Why would you!

Arturo

October 13th, 2011
10:05 am

ABC: Swim back from where you came, I’m sure trash still floats. Please let everyone know where your business is located so we can be sure to go, should we need to wipe our a– with something like your flag from south of intelligence.

antiquer

October 13th, 2011
10:06 am

We will never eat there again. Period! Nuff said!

Meatball

October 13th, 2011
10:07 am

As a veteran who does take pride in this country (Although most of the politicians who hold office need to go ’cause they make USA stink), this would be justified as long as OG sticks to their rules of any other banners and flags, except for the Italian flag which obvious is the theme for this restaraunt. If you want to boycott something, boycott the fools who are running this country to the ground.

DG

October 13th, 2011
10:12 am

THIS IS AMERICA AND THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO BRING OUR FLAG TO ANY ESTABLISHMENT THEY WERE HAVING A FUNCTION ! NOT JUST DINNER AND IF THEY WERE HAVING A BANQUET OR MEETING THIS IS HOW ITS DONE. A VETERANS ,VFW,LIONS CLUB ,MOOSE LODGES,I COULD GO ON WITH MORE LEGIONS THIS IS HOW ITS DONE AND WE SHOULD ALL RESPECT THAT RIGHT AFTER ALL THEY FOUGHT,CONTRIBUTE TO OUR COMMUNTIES AND LEND HELPING HANDS TO THE NEEDY AND SICKLY WHEN APPROCHED
WITH OPEN ARMS LIGHTEN UP PEOPLE /OG THEY WERN’T MARCHING AROUND CUSTOMERS TABLES!!!!! ITS RESPECT TO WHAT THEY REPRESENT IN OUR COMMUNITY.

ashley

October 13th, 2011
10:15 am

i think all you people who believe olive gardens decision is ok should have your head examined if i wanna carry an american flag around i should be able to after all its America if you dont want to see an American flag then move somewhere else besides AMERICA!!!!!!

Dawn

October 13th, 2011
10:16 am

Our service men and women have fought and died so we have the right to fly the flag. They also protect our 1st amendment, which gives you the right to express your opinion, no matter how obsurd you sound. This is what’s wrong with our country today. I fear for my children and what they will have to endure if the Liberals and Democrats in this country continue to be Anti-American.

Agent

October 13th, 2011
10:20 am

I don’t see the problem w/bringing in the flag. However, if the restaurant doesn’t want it, take your group and money to a better place.

Tom S

October 13th, 2011
10:22 am

This is the United States of America and our flag should not be disallowed ANYWHERE. All other countries flags should not be allowed. Most Americans would be proud to be sitting next to a group that display our flag and support our normal way of life. If you are offended by our flag, then you should find a country where you fit in. Don’t take our liberties then complain about the counrty that provides them for you.

MamaHughes

October 13th, 2011
10:22 am

All of you that are defending a decision that the flag should not be allowed, which Olive Garden just admitted was a mistake, should go F**K yourself and leave our country. Be proud of where you live and the flag is what represents that.

Jalani

October 13th, 2011
10:24 am

Whoever that was that said “Who cares?” really needs to take a reality check. Our rights to show our patriotism, our right to pray and worship FREELY are slowly but surely being taken away. The OLIVE GARDEN that did this will most likely see a huge decline in business by those who DO CARE!

John

October 13th, 2011
10:26 am

It is amazing how few of those commenting actually read the article and accompanying apology from Olive Garden. Ready, Fire, Aim….

Meatball

October 13th, 2011
10:29 am

To make clear of my previous point, if any other organization was baring their flag other than the US into OG, I’m most certain it would not had been an issue. Therefore, instead of boycotting OG, clean out DC and get rid of all that PC. BTW-the flag is NOT an idol for worship, it is a representation of what this country is all about and what it was founded upon! Apparently, many in this country had forgotten or lost.

Kent Smith

October 13th, 2011
10:32 am

Well, on top of everything else. the Kiwanis Club was going to be spending a nice chunk of money at the Olive Garden. Olive Garden should have accommodated them.

Linda Kehoe

October 13th, 2011
10:38 am

Seems to me that a club meeting in a open restaurant would be more of a distraction to the customers then an American Flag sitting in a corner, so I don’t buy that excuse.

Arturo

October 13th, 2011
10:38 am

The Olive Garden is as correct as the fool who said we should not use GOD at Military Funerals. The Great thing about being an American, you can say pretty much what you please and protest in any forum you please,..it’s your right….. a right some Patriot fought for, maybe gave his life for. If you hate America and what it stands for,…leave! Go back to whatever sh–hole you crawled out of, TODAY we need more Patriots that will stand up for OUR way of life…..someone who would respect our Freedoms, instead of making some stupid comment about worshiping idols. Please pull your head out of your greasy a– and become an American!

Ricks H

October 13th, 2011
10:38 am

We aren’t given the entire story, but if Olive Garden has allowed this, or any other organizations, such as VFW or American Legion, to have their meetings in the restaurant, the American flag is part of their meeting. OG should have known this. It has NOTHING to do with distracting from the “Italian dining experience!” I am with those who are now Boycotting the place!! I’ll miss their breadsticks!!!!

cmojro

October 13th, 2011
10:41 am

They should take all of you “we have rights” jerks that are talking smack about our country and the U.S. flag, to the Iraq and the Middle East for saying stupid things like they have the right to blah, blah.. The right to say and do what you want comes from protecting that flag of the country that YOU live in… Those restaurants are doing business in the United States. Everyone, including diverse culture restaurants and immigrants, should honor and appreciate our flag and what it stands for. Being negative about our flag is like slapping the faces of all of our servicemen and women out there fighting and protecting us and our country. Those people were just bringing the flag in for a few hours. Being in Alabama, I’ll bet they wouldn’t object to someone bringing in the Confederate flag! Don’t forget all of the people who died for “your” rights and this country. Go eat a meal, look the other way, and mind your own business if the flag bothers you, “CITIZENS” of the U.S.A.

Janice Rackley

October 13th, 2011
10:43 am

This just makes me sick. I will never dine at an Olive Garden again. They will see less and less customers until they THEMSELVES display a large United States American flag in all of their restaurants. It makes me proud to see it, and it does not ruin by appetite at all.

Nina

October 13th, 2011
10:44 am

Shame on you ‘Olive Garden’ for a dumb reaction to a patriotic expression. Let’s not forget how many restuarants you have in the U.S. I don’t understand how a simple request got so big.

Jennifer Carter

October 13th, 2011
10:44 am

Much Ado- yes I am an Alabamian and No I don’t live in a trailer and neither am I trash! Bless your heart. Being from the South is a blessing from God and I do have all my teeth. Sorry for your common prejudice against the South!

Dwight Parker

October 13th, 2011
10:46 am

Carabba’s is better, and gives biger portion (of Lasagna anyway….)

JCO

October 13th, 2011
10:51 am

What’s funny about this is that this was related to a banquet the kiwanis club was having. Most clubs like the kiwanis have an American Flag that they display during the meetings which would explain why she was bringing the flag in. This should never have even made it to this point since it should have already been addressed when the banquet was set up.

From seeing a lot of the remarks about this, it is clear that American Pride is being flushed down the toilet. We are all American’s and the Flag should be a symbol of that pride. Now, people are afraid to fly their flag because they don’t want to offend someone that is not an American. REALLY???? My answer to that is…IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY THE AMERICAN FLAG, LEAVE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY HERE. If you decide to stay, understand, that is our national flag and you are protected by that flag. The American Flag stands for Freedom and men and women have died to protect that right for you and I.

Ernie

October 13th, 2011
10:54 am

This is still AMERICA, so we should be able to display an AMERICAN flag as we wish, These left leaning freaks would approve a mexicon flag. I think the left is a bunch of AMERICA destroying FREAKS! People in the south can’t display a Confederate flag on their own land, which is still AMERICAN, but they approve of a bunch of ILLEGALS display a flag of a country that they left behind. US citizens need to start publically destroying mexicon flags in public, burn them, crap on them, those people are here ILLEGALLY, (left leaning people might want to look that word up)If they are ILLEGAL, lock them up and then ship them back home and make mexico pay for their trip home. Either way, they are costing the AMERICAN tax payer. Hey left IDIOTS, don’t you realize they are stealing from your children and you are on their side>, what is wrong with you, why would a “normal” person do that to their children/grandchildren? Why would we want them here anyway?, What good are they?, If we were at war, would they help us? HELL NO!, they are here to destroy us. If they would turn their backs on their home land, do you think they would defend us or mexico?

Go Back to UZ-beki-beki-stan-stan

October 13th, 2011
11:06 am

If you do not post the word “FREEDOM” in ALL CAPS you are un-patriotic and need to get the h@ll out of this country.
Also, “GOD BLESS AMERICA” should always be fully capitalized.
If you don’t love JESUS you can just get out now. Delta is ready when you are.
Socialist morans!
Lots and lots of other peoples’ special needs brothers and firemen died so we can have the flag that represents FREEDOM. If you don’t understand that you are probably here illegally and need to get out.
Go Dawgs!

Shelley

October 13th, 2011
11:18 am

Beware of knee-jerk reactions. If you read the article in the link, you’ll see that it is NOT the policy of Olive Garden restaurants to prohibit flags in their restaurants. This was the decision of ONE employee at ONE restaurant.

john

October 13th, 2011
11:18 am

the amercian flag is a symbol of what this country is about,you idoits who say its their right not to allow it might be right however its my right not to eat their ever againjust because u have the right to do something DOESNT MAKE IT RIGHT to those who say no big deal ur not true americansso go live somewhere else.

icare

October 13th, 2011
11:19 am

Never going to Olive garden again. Support the USA or get the hell out.

Bama

October 13th, 2011
11:21 am

The problem is that too many so-called AMERICANS want to live in the USA and get all the FREE benefits afforded them but have no respect for the USA, or, the military who protects those free benefits. People are offended by some of the basic principles upon which this country was built. Some people are offended by prayer so we can’t pray in public places. Some are offended by the word Christmas so companies now have employees say happy holidays. Some are offended by our flag so now certain places won’t display it. Some are offended by every moral and decent value instilled in our nation by our forefathers who fought to create this beautiful nation. Others continue to fight for our freedom, our rights and yet there are some who will never be happy. Perhaps those people should consider taking up residence in the countries with whom they sympathize!

Proud American

October 13th, 2011
11:26 am

To those people that dont like the American Flag need to leave The America flag is allowed any where in the USA if you dont like it oh well . God Bless America

DFG

October 13th, 2011
11:32 am

The anti-American sentiment in some of the responses worries me. We seem to have become a nation of people who will defend everything but their country and the freedoms they enjoy by living in the USA. The woman made a request for something that should be commonplace for every company doing business in this country. Foreign car makers have US flags displayed at their facilities. I also did not see any reference to the Kiwanis organization threatening to sue, so JJ your fears are premature. I believe we have problems here but if we all can’t support the ideals of our founding fathers maybe you can find someplace better to live.

Jen

October 13th, 2011
11:33 am

Clearly, those of you shrieking about what a travesty this is have never worked a day of your life waiting tables. But since you all swear that you eat at Olive Garden, or at least used to, I would ask you to consider the layout of the restaurant. When it is empty it may appear fairly spacious, but put some big fat American behinds into most of those chairs, and suddenly some diners will be almost back to back with no room to walk between tables. The wait staff are often left with only a few very narrow pathways to navigate. Now, stick a flagpole in the middle of one of those last remaining walkways. It absolutely would be disruptive, and possibly even hazardous. The restaurant had every right to disallow this.

I do agree that this really comes down to a lack of planning and communication. The Kiwanis organizers should have picked a restaurant with a private room if they wanted to bring in a flag on a flagpole. Or, at the very least, they should have communicated their intentions to the restaurant management in advance, if having the flag was going to be such a big deal, so that they could work out a safe place to display it, if any exists. (Keep in mind that most every wall of such restaurants is usually lined with booths, so there really isn’t a corner left unused.) They very easily could have used some small tabletop flags as centerpieces, and I doubt anyone would have had any complaint.

PS

October 13th, 2011
11:37 am

I agree with jj and chuck e….here we go again……it more than likely was just an oversight by some young newbie…..as for me…..My husband and I had our first date there……which ended at 4:00 a.m. standing in the parking lot talking…..the staff is always nice and friendly…..the food is pretty darn good too!!! Where else can you get all you can eat salad and breadsticks plus a delicious entree for two under 30-40 bucks????? I love and honor the American Flag like most Americans, but someone needs to actually slap Miss Warren in the face and bring her to her senses…..just sounds like she is making an issue bigger than it needs to be….after all, they did apologize!!!! So accept that and go on.

PAUL

October 13th, 2011
11:40 am

DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT THE AMERICAN FLAG STANDS FOR? IF THEY DON’T LIKE IT LEAVE IT. WE DON’T NEED YOU IN THIS LAND.

Robert

October 13th, 2011
11:45 am

The apology by Olive Garden has to be the most lame a*$ excuse I’ve ever heard. Has anybody considered the FACT THAT AS A BANQUET, the Kiwana’s Club were RENTING THE FACILITY FOR THEIR PURPOSE AND THEREFORE HAD THE RIGHT TO DECORATE AS THEY WISH FOR THE BANQUET. As for it being a “private restaurant”, NO IT IS NOT. Private indicates that there is membership involved. It is a privately owned franchise, operating as a public business governed by local business and health regulations.

Icarethatswho

October 13th, 2011
11:46 am

I cant believe some of the comments I am reading. this is one of the reasons this country is gone to hell in a hand basket. You non patriotic sob s need to go to a country where you have no rights. If not for the AMERICAN FLAG and what it represents you could nt sit at your computer and make these outragous comments. Thank you olive garden for standing up and doing the right thing by apoligizing and correcting your mistake. To all you IDIOTS just remember this our troops have died while wearing that flag and fighting for it to give even stupid people freedom, and companys freedom to do stupid things

GSABFD

October 13th, 2011
11:46 am

No they probably would have allowed the bi rainbow flag SBinF. Not really sure of the size of the flag or the circumstances here but I am tired of the lack of patriotism by some in this country. Especially since I gave several years of my life to protect it.

steeler dude

October 13th, 2011
11:50 am

What a non-story. One misinformed low level employee makes a dumb decision and half you folks want to bankrupt Darden Restaurants. Can you say OVER REACTION.

MD

October 13th, 2011
11:50 am

This is America! The American Flag should be allowed anywhere in this country! Geesh, what happened to people being patriotic and supporting their country!?! The big deal about this is some people hold that flag and its meaning close to their heart! We lost a family member serving in Iraq and everytime I see the American Flag flying at a business or home it reminds me of our loved one, it shows me that people care about our country and are patriotic and proud to fly our flag and it shows me what my uncle died for, his country and the people in America who are supportive enough to treasure the American Flag. It also makes my heart feel a little better in coping with his passing. In America, when many brave military men and women have died protecting our FREEDOM I would hope that people should have the FREEDOM to carry an American Flag anywhere in America, including a restaurant or private establishment! To most of you, its nothing special just a flag, but to me its a soft spot in my heart and to my 4year old cousin who lost her father fighting for this country its “Daddy’s Flag” as she says everytime she sees it. So yes, to some it is a BIG deal!

robert

October 13th, 2011
11:52 am

I served 24 years in the army. I fought (2 purple hearts) to protect EVERYONES rights. I dont like the fact the group wasn’t allowed to display the flag BUT it’s a free country or is it. We can disagree and not start WWIII over every little thing.

American by Birth

October 13th, 2011
11:59 am

I was born in America and have lived here all my life.
I speak English and have a full-time job.
I couldn’t care less about the flag. It’s outdated and needs to be changed to something more cosmopolitan.
I also don’t care about Jesus or the troops or old farts at Kiwanis meetings.
American history is so convoluted that people actually think Americans did something other than go stand around Europe after WWII was practically over.
So, here I am. Living in America. It’s just as much my country as it is anyone else’s. I have no plans to leave and I have no respect for anyone with nothing better to do than cry about a stupid flag.
Being American means one of two things: either
a) you were born here and had no control over being here. You just got lucky that you weren’t born in some third-world gutter. All you have to do is put forth a little effort and you can have a very comfortable life.
OR
b) you worked very hard and jumped on a boat or a donkey or a moving train and took the intiative to get to America. You came her and worked your tail off and made a better life for your future generations. This is what being an American is truly about. It certainly isn’t about sitting around whining about a flag. Real true heroes are busting their humps every day and they appreciate being here and how they got here. They are flying flags of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Guyana, Nigeria, Uganda, Korea, China, Cuba and hundreds of other countries. And they are still 100% more American in terms of spirit and work ethic than any of you crybabies sitting around moaning about the stars and stripes.
So, in summary, I’m not going anywhere. It’s not YOUR country. America is, by its nature, a country that belongs to the rest of the world. It was established that way and even though you want to turn it into some haven for wimps and dullards, it never will be. The best and the brightest from all over will continue to come here and take what you are too much of a pansy to get for yourself. And they will wave whatever flag they want. And there is nothing you can do about it. Except I guess unless you consider choosing not to eat at Olive Garden, but we all know that’s pretty pathetic.

Stopthecraziness69

October 13th, 2011
11:59 am

Not the America he grew up in?!!!…oh yes,heard about that…segregation, racism, KKK, bombing churches…yes, let’s go bact to that!

Donald M Benjamin

October 13th, 2011
12:02 pm

To not allow the display of a AMERICAN FLAG any were in this country is a total disrepect to our GOD,Country,Families,an all of our Service Members…Saying you think that it will disrupt others than you are also saying you don’t want our Service Members there either…If you don’t care about this Country then go some were else an whine..You will soon fine out that this Country is this greatest COUNTRY in the world…SIMPER FI…..from a USMC VET..

Darrell Janes

October 13th, 2011
12:03 pm

Until the manager of that Olive Garden location is FIRED, I will eat somewhere else. Maybe even a real Italian restaurant. All my friends are with me.

Jerry Medellin

October 13th, 2011
12:09 pm

It is not the fact that a company has a right to not allow a flag to be displayed but rather that the policy be consistent and enforced at all times. I worked for a restaurant that did not allow publicy photograpsh taken inside the store and when I received a request for photos to be taken of a prize fighter while dining with us, I politely explained the policy and refused the request as I would have had the request come from the Pope or president of the U.S.. The problem I see in today’s America is that children are not taught respect nor love for their country. I remember in elementary when we had to learn the star spangled banner, America the Beautiful, and other patriotic songs. Today none of these are taught or sung, the pledge of allegiance is taboo, and then we move on to college where professors like Ayers are poisoning our minds and then the young move on to elect officials like Obama who care nothing about personnal freedom. I told my wife some 20 years ago that the road the U.S. was taking that it would be a matter of 50 to 75 years before America would cease to exist as the country it once was and I am only glad to know that I will not be around that long to experience it but am teaching my grandchildren what I was taught as far as love of country so that maybe the new generation of tomorrow can turn things around.

MD

October 13th, 2011
12:10 pm

American by Birth- you don’t care about the troops? Get your ass out there in Iraq or Afghanistan to fight for this country you “don’t care about.” You are probably too scared and not brave enough to go get shot at and risk your life. While your here in America enjoying your peaceful, comfortable life there are thousands of families whose husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, dads, wives, mothers, sisters and daughters are out fighting in war to keep America a country where people have Freedom and so idiots like you can live peacefully and comfortably. You have no respect and its people like you that give some Americans a bad name. No patriotism or respect for their country…smdh!

Sci

October 13th, 2011
12:11 pm

OK…so how many times have you gone to Olive Garden and actually believed you had left the USA??? If they don’t want the flag there, that’s fine. If others no longer choose to patronize the company, that’s free choice, as well. You shouldn’t be offended when others also exercise their right to choose. Especially not to financially support a company that openly defies what those people strongly appreciate.

I'm Just Saying

October 13th, 2011
12:13 pm

I hope all you right-wing weirdo Jesus-lovers realize that you are in the minority in this country, and that young people are overwhelmingly liberal today.
Love the country and support the troops and the flag and all that.
But try talking about a flag at an Olive Garden anywhere else in the country not full of knuckle-dragging mouth breathers and you’ll find out no one really cares.

Lisa

October 13th, 2011
12:14 pm

I could understand them being upset if it were just a few small American flags that were going to be sat on the table. Table size decorations. But I understand this was a full size American flag. How did they plan on displaying it? Was Olive Garden expected to come up with some sort of way for them to display it or supply people to set up a display for them. I think this lady was asking a little too much.

I poop red, white and blue star-spangled sriped turds with more brains than you

October 13th, 2011
12:16 pm

And I don’t think it matters one bit whether some old fart was told they can’t fly their flag at an Olive Garden.
I am patriotic.
I will only leave this country if it is invaded by parasites and becomes uninhabitable.

byronwrappedinflag

October 13th, 2011
12:16 pm

Looks like all the people who speak for a secular america (generally against things like the flag, national anthem etc) can stop antagonizing those of us who love our country and respect the flag. Seem Olive Garden has done an 180. I guess the nimrod who denied the request is now aware of corporate policy….. if they still have a job.

Part of their corporate response.

“Like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes, and we welcome anyone who wishes to bring the flag into our restaurants. In fact, we periodically provide American flag collar pins to our employees to wear while serving guests.”

byronwrappedinflag

October 13th, 2011
12:21 pm

to Imjustsaying:
Your response is what is wrong with this country today.
However : there is still time for you to get it right.

“If you’re not a liberal when you’re 20, you have no heart. If
you’re not a conservative when you’re 40, you have no head.”
Attributed to Winston Churchill.
Let’s talk about this in 20 years.

Ed

October 13th, 2011
12:23 pm

Can you imagine the flak they would have taken if they had refused to allow a Mexican flag?

Icarealot

October 13th, 2011
12:25 pm

From what I have read, the size of the flag has not been disclosed, and what if it was a huge flag? The fact that people feel like there is too much flag toting tells me that America is in worse trouble than economic or political trouble. If seeing an American flag in an Italian restraunt would make you forget you were not in Italy, perhaps out in the public isn’t a safe place for you to be. I don’t think we should boycot OG, but I appreciate the fact that they have appoligized and recignized that their establishments are a great place for the flag. If I were in Italy eating in an American restaurant, I still know I am in Italy and displaying an Italian flag isn’t going to shake my dining experience. What needs to happen to regain patriatism?

Aaron Poscovsky

October 13th, 2011
12:31 pm

I hate these poorly written articles, and George Mathis, it your by line. Why would write in a manner that does tell the whole story. If the lady or group wanted to damage a place of business by putting hooks and hanging a banner, flag etc on the business wall, yes the business is correct to say NO.

But, you make it sound like the company is Anti-America. Stop writing junk articles.

deedubya

October 13th, 2011
12:37 pm

If you don’t love this country leave it. Tired of apathetic jerks

I poop red, white and blue star-spangled sriped turds with more brains than you

October 13th, 2011
12:38 pm

Learn the definition of “secular” and you might not come across as such a moron.
And learn how to spell the word “patriotism.”

Eater

October 13th, 2011
12:47 pm

I once was refused entry to a club for having “writing” on my T-shirt (Non offensive). But hey, their restaurant, their rules. so I just dont go there anymore. I’m all for toting a giant American flag around but when it time to go eat, I leave it in the car or at home. I prefer spanish food so I visit spanish restaurants for the spanish music, decor, etc.. if I want to see a giant American Flag while I eat, I’ll go to a Texas steakhouse or Johnny Rockets or something.

cdis

October 13th, 2011
12:51 pm

Why are people always complaining about things when the don’t get there way.Olive Garden has the right to say no if they want, to without apologizing for it. This is America.

jerry koff

October 13th, 2011
12:56 pm

hey paocgirl, do we still have the freedom not to display the flag?

jerry koff

October 13th, 2011
1:02 pm

i also have the right not to care about kiwanis or old ladies opinions.

Dee C

October 13th, 2011
1:31 pm

any proud American. That is who does it. There is definately a generation gap, as well as an educational gap.

jeff

October 13th, 2011
1:42 pm

the management is at fault,the woman booked the banquet ,every aspect of the banquet should have been gone over .the rest. did not perform up to standards of their meeting so she should get her money back. I can tell alot of you have not served your country because you do not have the respect for the American Flag as us vets

Ade Ogunjobi

October 13th, 2011
1:43 pm

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

JOHN

October 13th, 2011
1:43 pm

The food sucks! Olive Garden should be Honored people eat there. When your here your family? BS!

kev

October 13th, 2011
1:45 pm

The group set up with Olive Garden a banquet, which ment OG set up and area for them to use. If they want a flag and banner they have aranged to use it is up to the group. Every restaurant that has large groups allows them leaway in what they can bring in. Don’t make more of a big deal out of this then needs to be; fire the idiot manager and get on with business.

Barbara Mims

October 13th, 2011
1:46 pm

For those of you that don’t like the AMERICAN flag and the way it looks, why don’t you pick out the country with your favorite one and move there. That way you want have to look at it anymore. But for those of us that feel as if ‘OLD GLORY’ is being put in the closet to keep from a fending other flags, you have to remember a lot of those flags came together at a very important time in history to create IT!
I think OG did have the right, but I also believe they should have said ‘NO PROBLEM’ it is the AMERICAN flag after all!

Abe Froemann

October 13th, 2011
1:48 pm

So, the local Kiwanis chapter just walked in and put up their banners and the American Flag?
I presume they had a scheduled meeting there, probably paid to do so. Perhaps it was the
first time they did so and didn’t get the details straight with the employees. maybe it came
down to a disagreement between a member or members and an employee (or employees)
who then “hung their hat” on their company rules to solidify their position.
Seems as though there are details missing that could clarify what happened. Because as is
evident among these comments a lot of people have strong feelings about the Flag.
I mean I couldn’t support a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw Flag burning. But I’d just
as soon crack a flag burner in the shin with a baseball bat as hard as I could swing it.

GulfVet49

October 13th, 2011
1:50 pm

I Poop Is that a promise that you will leave when the country is invaded by parasites? Well Bucko you better start packing, the parasites have arrived they are called illegal aliens! I am appalled by attitudes like yours who seem to be critical of anything and everything. Maybe it is time for you to get a life.

william s todd

October 13th, 2011
1:53 pm

all it is is it happened in alabama. if it happened in say indiannopolis everybody would be rounding up the lynch mobs.

GulfVet49

October 13th, 2011
1:55 pm

Not true Mr Todd I live in Indy and we are civilized here.