Ex-Marine fired from job for lowering flag on Memorial Day

by Associated Press  |  published on June 5, 2016

A former Marine says he was fired from his contract job with Time Warner Cable in Charlotte after he lowered the American flag to half-staff on Memorial Day.

The Charlotte Observer reports Allen Thornwell was thinking about his best friend, a former Marine who he says killed himself two years ago after he returned stateside.

The 29-year-old Thornwell was fired Tuesday. The placement service that arranged the job for Thornwell said Time Warner told them they were disturbed by what was termed him “passion for the flag and (his) political affiliation.”

Thornwell said he remains in shock over his firing. A Time Warner Cable spokesman confirmed Friday that the former Marine “was no longer under contract” with the company but declined further comment.

  • Donnie Buchanan

    Everyone that hold their stock should sell and boycott. Loss of cash flow gets attention fast.

  • keepyourpower

    He should contact the ACLJ and let Jay Sekulow represent him, in a First Amendment case.

  • Thomas Burlew

    This is an egregious act against a Marine who served his country and RESPECTS OUR Flag and the importance in lowering it to half staff on Memorial Day to HONOUR those who gave their all PROTECTING these United States of America! I am a US Army Vietnam Era Veteran and I lowered my flag in front of our house and salute this Marine to do the dame at Time Warner Cable!!! Time Warner management should be FINED for their actions against this Marine and OUR Country and those who fought to PROTECT the US!!!

  • joanc

    Time warner is on my S##t list and I will never buy anything they produce again! They need to give a good reason as to why they fired the man for doing the right thing!

  • notalib

    Pretty cold on the part of Time Warner. I can’t imagine firing him at all, let alone that he is a Vet and on Memorial Day. Did anyone even talk to the Vet, find out what and why was going on? It doesn’t sound like it. Well Time Warner, you bought yourself some very bad publicity. I think you should make it right with the Vet.

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  • robert sanders

    I just cancelled my subscription with TIME WARNER CABLE and will never ever use them again. They are stupid for not honoring our veterans. All they care about is how much money they are making and laughing at there customers all the way to the bank. What happened to the people of this country. Why do we set back and tolerate this kind of bull s##t from these scum bag companies. Boycott these companies and put them out of business. Let them know that they do not rule this country or the people of this land.

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  • SDofAZ

    Time Warner boycott time. The organization should be fined for NOT lowering that flag.

  • Well, I’ll tell you one thing I’ve seen these 8 years…who are real Americans and who are not.

  • James G. Mothes

    Well, it certainly proves how loyal TW is to the flag and country and how they feel about those who serve and protect this country and their sorry rears. How about some massive protests and boycotts like the liberals do to conservative business.

  • MyRoseHasTHORNS

    Fired for His passion or RESPECT?

    Our Leaders have been disrespectful and encouraged others to also disrespect the Flag that represents this REPUBLIC.
    His political affiliation? Well we know he’s NOT a flaming liberal or protected class.

    • JerryQ

      What that former Marine did was exactly what the directive from the Whitehouse said to do. As a member of the American Legion we got that directive that said to lower the flag to half staff on Saturday and raise it again on Monday at 12:00 hrs.

      • MyRoseHasTHORNS

        I figured the Marine HAD it correct, he would know HOW the Flag should be flown on Memorial Day and other days of mourning.
        They fired him for his ‘passion’ and ‘politics’ I believe he acted respectfully to the Flag and the Armed Service members we held dear that day.

  • 7papa7

    The Marine is right in what he did, Time Warner is 100% wrong in what they did. Semper Fi.

  • charlesj

    Amen Andrew!
    Time Warner manager needs to be dealt with.
    Semper Fi, (64-68)

  • Rodney Steward

    We can now add Time-Warner to the “SUCKS” List!! Has the whole country lost their morals, or are they going to be PC till the end of the brown clowns Presidency!

  • There is no such thing as an Ex-Marine! Change the headline. You are insulting us all with it.

    Semper Fi Allen!

  • Terry Rushing

    I would be delighted if Mr. Thornwell hauls that anti-American media giant into court and cleans the floor with them. Time-Warner’s position that they were dismissing him for his political affiliation clearly crosses constitutional lines. A simple “I’m sorry” will not do, Time Warner should get a crippling monetary fine, mandated training on constitutional law, and the “executive” who made the determination to discharge Thronwell should be terminated himself.

    • 7papa7

      I 100% agree with you. The problem is that as a contractor no reason is needed to terminate someone. This is not surprising from a left wing company. I hope he does search out a lawyer and can litigate this but I don’t think he will be able to. I applaud him for what he did. I love to see patriots in action. I would like to see 100’s of 1000’s of people drop Time Warner and go somewhere else in protest.

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