Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Bank of America Flag Controversy Begins to Cost It Accounts

Last week, a Bank of America branch in Gaffney, SC removed American flags from an adjacent sidewalk, concerned, Branch Manager Brandy Tate said, that some might be offended by the flags. The flags were placed there as part of a funeral procession for Marine Lance Cpl. Chris Fowlkes. Fowlkes died Sept. 10th in a German hospital of injuries suffered in Afghanistan the previous week from an IED.

The first thing I'd have to say about the Bank of America flag scandal is that, if the display of an American flag would offend people living in America, that is a sad state of affairs as far as I am concerned. The bank, located at 1602 West Floyd Baker Blvd. in Gaffney, returned the flags for an initial funeral procession on last Wednesday, then again for the actual funeral that Friday.

In the wake of the furor over that Bank of America branch removing the flaqs, the Cherokee County Council has decided to close its accounts with Bank of America. B of A earlier said that the removal of the flags occurred due to a "breakdown in communications," but that reasoning didn't fly (no pun intended) with the Council.

One has to wonder what the communications were. Perhaps there is some overarching policy about flags in front of Bank of America branches, but these were American flags. This could be the result of the branch manager being overzealous in following a particular B of A policy. Here's where some common sense would need to be used (ahem).

With regards to the Bank of America flag controversy, the company issued an apology last week, saying “We want to ensure the community knows how deeply proud we are of the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. The bank does fly the American Flag at our locations throughout the country and flags were displayed in front of our banking center in Gaffney the evening prior to our dedicated Marine returning home. We deeply apologize for any misunderstandings.“

It's obvious the Bank of America flag controversy isn't going to die out anytime soon. Bank of America isn't on my list of favorite banks simply because its fees are higher and they offer less than smaller banks do. This just adds still more reason to avoid the corporate giant.
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33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ironic. The bank of AMERICA is in a hurry to remove the AMERICAN flag. Maybe some of us are offended by not showing the flag.

Anonymous said...

Bank of 'America'. How ironic is it to remove the flags when they have 'America' in their name.

My son is in Afganistan. I am cancelling my cards with the Bank of 'America'.

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the company issued an apology last week, saying “We want to ensure the community knows how deeply proud we are of the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. The bank does fly the American Flag at our locations throughout the country and flags were displayed in front of our banking center
in Gaffney the evening prior to our dedicated Marine returning home.
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Interesting post....the flags were placed there as part of a funeral procession.

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Bank of America isn't on my list of favorite banks simply because its fees are higher and they offer less than smaller banks do.

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I never give my favor to use flags for any purpose except country....Flag is a symbol of the country.Don't use flags for funeral procession of any one...

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The bank does fly the American Flag at there locations throughout the country and flags were displayed its not good..Thanks

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I think this could be the result of the branch manager being overzealous in following a particular B of A policy...

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One has to wonder what the communications were.

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Well Most remember that when the Financial Crisis began, the banks had a great deal of trouble dealing with their toxic assets..Thanks

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In my opinion,its really nice of them that they have apologized for misunderstandings.

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This could be the result of the branch manager being overzealous in following a particular B of A policy.

Michael Stubben said...

This US, the land of apologies.Did no one notice that the B of A logo is "flag-like" but they didn't want the flags on the easement for a soldier.

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The display of an American flag would offend people living in America, that is a sad state of affairs as far as I am concerned.

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If the display of an American flag would offend people living in America,that is a sad state of affairs as far as I am concerned.

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Flag is a symbol of the country.Don't use flags for funeral procession of any one...

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The bank, located at 1602 West Floyd Baker Blvd. in Gaffney, returned the flags for an initial funeral procession.

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I agree Bank of America flag scandal is that, if the display of an American flag would offend people living in America' that is a sad state of affairs.Country's people must be proud of the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to the country..Flag is a symbol of the country..CAN use flags for funeral procession of any one for giving them respect...

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I think this could be a result of the branch manager being overzealous in following a particular B of A policy.

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The bank does fly the American Flag at our locations throughout the country and flags were displayed in front of our banking center!!

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Flags are the identity of country think before or take permission before do something...

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In my opinion they have done nice thing that hat they have apologized for misunderstandings, flags are the image of country, it should be stopped for the funeral procession of any one.

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Its not a topic of controversy,We are Americans we have to respect our flags and no need to put on funeral procession places...

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Flags have national importance.They are country's representatives...why should they be removed? Bank of America wants to remove american flag but its name itself includes name of america!!!and i think the personalities who sacrifices their life for country they deserves to get honoured by placing flag at their funeral..WELL,KEEP BLOGGING.

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I too think that if the display of an American flag would offend people living in America, that is a sad state of affairs..Well,according to me,flags can be used for funeral procession of those who sacrified their life for sake of their country.

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With regards to the Bank of America flag controversy, the company issued an apology . to ensure the community knows how deeply proud they are of the men and women who have sacrificed so much in service to our country.

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Flag is a symbol of the country..CAN use flags for funeral procession of any one for giving them respect...

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This bank does fly the American Flag at our locations throughout the country and flags were displayed in front of our banking center..

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That all were American flags..and I think one should not make issue of all such things.