Havelock, Caroline du Nord – Gary Dean, 69, wore a neck warmer with an American flag printed on it at his job at Food Lion in Havelock, North Carolina. But, Food Lion’s uniform policy did not allow staff members to wear clothing with “scriptures, badges or symbols.” Dean’s manager told him that someone was offended by the image of the American flag and that he was no longer allowed to wear the mask at work.
Dean is a US Air Force veteran and has decided to resign his post at Food Lion, claiming the decision to cooperate goes against his personal values.
Food Lion said in a statement that they “have great respect” for the American flag, but their policy does not allow symbols like the American flag.
“The dress code is intended to ensure consistent and professional representation of our associates within our stores,” Food Lion said in a statement.
After a week of history that garnered national attention, Food Lion has changed course. They released an updated statement and said after listening to employees and customers, they decided to change their uniform policy.
“We demand that associates wear masks without writing, insignia or symbols. We will allow associates to wear masks with the American flag that meet this standard, ”a Food Lion tweet said.
It is not known if Dean will return to work at Food Lion, WECT reports.