- Kiwanis Club members weren’t allowed to bring in an American flag to a meeting at the Olive Garden
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UPDATE I: The Olive Garden apologizes for the American flag controversy.
Olive Garden has issued public statements apologizing, including on its Facebook page.
“We are very sorry for any misunderstanding about this issue,” the Facebook post reads. “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. …
“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.”
A note to the Kiwanis Club and any other organization, you have many other places that would welcome your business and not even begin to think that an America flag would cause a concern. What country do we live in where anyone would think that the display of an American flag would disrupt patrons?