In the town of Follansbee, West Virginia, an American flag was photographed handing at half staff and upside-down. One or the other would be strange enough, but both at the same time made it a little difficult for residents to write it off as a mere accident. Add to that some interesting timing (the incident occurred the day after President Barack Obama was reelected) and you have a full-blown conspiracy waiting to happen.
For the record, an upside-down flag is considered a plea for help in flag-hanging lingo. It can also be interpreted as a sign that there are problems. Of course, we all know what a flag at half staff usually symbolizes as it is often done after world events to show reverence or defiance. The flag stayed up all day and was finally taken down at 11:30 P.M. But that was long before many people took the incident as a photo opportunity, and with social media as it is, the story caught fire and eventually the attention of the national media.
The manager of the McDonald’s in question insists that this was nothing more than a “mechanical issue.” Radio station WTOV fielded dozens of calls from angry citizens, many of which interpreted this as a showing of discontent with the results of the election the night before. Mitt Romney did secure the state of West Virginia in the election.
To make matters worse, this happened just ahead of the upcoming Veteran’s Day holiday. So, in addition to Obama supporters seeing this as a knock on the President and the election, many veterans weighed in, citing disgust with anything that could be seen as desecration of the flag.
The flag issue was corrected and flew normally the next day. Do you think this was a political statement, or is the manager of this McDonald’s franchise being honest? You be the judge.