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.