Food Lion reverses policy after telling US veteran to remove face covering from US flag, will now allow it

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HAVELOCK, NC – Grocery chain Food Lion is changing its policy after an Air Force veteran quit his job in Havelock, NC. Gary Dean, 69, resigned for what he saw as an anti-American policy. After doing this for months, Dean was told he could no longer wear his American flag mask.Managers told him the company was enforcing its rule that face masks could not wear writing, badges or symbols. This meant that the Stars and Stripes were against the corporate dress code. “As a veteran my dad being a WWII hero my best friend killed in Vietnam out of respect for them I can’t just say no, I’ll take my flag and put it in my pocket, ”Dean explained. “I had to stop, on principle. ”

It was earlier this week. Food Lion even issued a statement initially defending its policy.

However, on Friday, after Dean’s story circled across the country, Food Lion changed her mind.

“While continuing to maintain our uniform standards requiring associates to wear masks without writing, insignia or symbols, we will allow associates to wear masks with the American flag that meet this standard,” the company said in a post on social networks.

It’s unclear if Dean will return to his job at Havelock after this policy change.

Editor’s Note: The video in this article is from the original story and has not been updated to reflect the change in policy.

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