Douche of the Week – Casa Monica Hotel
By RU Rob
Before I start my rant on the Casa Monica Hotel, and for the benefit of the entire nation, I would like to present an open letter.
Dear Homeowners Associations, Employers, and everyone else that this may pertain to,
I am going to give you some brief, sound advice; never….ever, try to come between a veteran and their flag. It could be a large one in his yard, one in his window, or just a small lapel pin on his jacket or hat. The size or the materials it is made of really doesn’t matter, as long as it has the stars, stripes, and the red, white, and blue of our country. The immediate shit-storm of negativity you will create will knock you off your feet and you will be consumed by the 4 million veterans and untold numbers of supporters spewing the same hatred for you as they do the enemy. Now, I fully understand that currently only .45% of our nation’s population has served in the Global War on Terrorism (shameless plug for an absolutely freaking awesome shirt), but do you really want to reap the consequences of that .45% as they rise up collectively to bitch-slap your stupid-ass in the face?
Please realize that trying to take a flag from a veteran is like trying to keep the rock away from Lindsay Lohan, it just isn’t going to happen and we are going to do whatever necessary to ensure that others are well aware of your asinine decisions. Each veteran has given some part of their individual lives to protect that flag and what it represents, whether fighting in foreign lands in times of war; standing guard in times of peace or being a member of our reserve forces ready to serve both our individual communities and nation. We do it, not for ourselves but for the betterment of our nation, and that flag in which you are trying to deprive us of is the symbol of our unity and resolve.
If you are still having problems with the message I am trying to convey, let me go ahead dumb it down for you….”Don’t fuck with our flag!”
Now, back to our regularly scheduled Douche of the Week: Casa Monica Hotel
The Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida recently fired Army veteran Sean May for, get this, wearing an American flag lapel pin. In a statement, the parent company for the hotel, Kessler Enterprise, says “Our employee handbook clearly states, ‘No other buttons, badges, pins or insignias of any kind are permitted to be worn other than the name badge.’ It is a standard regulation which ensures equality for all employees.” Kessler goes on to say its “…property reflects great pride in America and great patriotism as well.” Really?!? So forcing a veteran to remove a symbol of his dedication to this country is patriotic? I bet the flag you fly in front of your hotel (should you actually have one) is tattered and faded.
Maybe I am slightly retarded, but I do believe that there is a little difference between an American Flag pin and one that states “pull-my-finger.” Sean May, the now-former front desk supervisor has been a member of the Florida Army National Guard since 2002 and has been twice deployed to Iraq. Here’s an idea, why don’t you just incorporate the American flag into your cutsie little name badge or, better yet, why don’t you just mandate that everyone wear one?
I am all about rules, laws and regulations but there is a fine line…no scratch that, there is a clear delineation between right and wrong in this case, and in my opinion, the Casa Monica Hotel is managed by a bunch of fucktards. Even a member of the County Commissioners, Mark Miner, agrees making the statement that “I want to make it clear that the actions taken by the Casa Monica Hotel and Kessler Enterprises do not represent the patriotism shared by St. Johns County residents and businesses.”
There really isn’t much more to report, so I am going to make this short and sweet. Casa Monica Hotel, you are hereby banished to Douchebagistan. It seems that we have been sending a lot of people there lately and I am sure they are going to need your over-priced accommodations. Just make sure your employees have a name tag and nothing else on their attire, I want everyone to know you are a Douche.