Read the following as it will explain WHY they should make a public apology to ALL OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN RETIRED AND ACTIVE
So this past saturday, my wife, daughter, and I go to Old Navy at Orange Park Mall, here in Jacksonville, FL. As I walk in at the front there is a little basketball hoop set up with an employee helping customers shoot hoops. When i look at the kid I notice he is about 16 wearing Dark blue jeans, white Keds, a white t-shirt, and a regulation green USMC dress jacket, complete with Lance Corporal rank, three rows of ribbons and a weapons bolo badge. Not only that he is continuosly pulling the sleeves up around his elbows. I tell my wife, who is still AD, to go ahead and do her shoping and i am going to address this issue with the manager. I walk up to this portly older employee and as to speak to the manager. She informs me that she is the manager. Inform her that, I am a vet, and that the employee in the jacket is disrespecting the uniform and that it needed to removed, that this being a NAVY town, they are in danger loosing alot of bissness, also that the kid is NOT suppossed to be wearing medals he did not himself earn. At the onset of the conversation she walks up to another employee and wispers some thing to her. I then go to the rear of the store and tell my wife I am going to Sears to pick up some tools I needed. On my way to sears I am stoped by a Sheriffs Deputy and A security rent a cop. and in formed that I was banned from Old Navy for making the employee feel threatened and causing a disturbance, and if I ever went back to the store I would be arrested for tresspassing. The deputy said he understood why I was upset cause his dad was Airforce. I called my wife who was still in Old Navy and told her to leave and not buy anything. Then called there Corprate office, which is in San Francisco, and have yet to here back from them. Needless to say I will not be back at Old Navy."
Here is the response Old Navy Gave as follows:
Sir. Just to clarify and to be clear. The jacket was a French uniform from the 1930' s that was bought at an antique store. the young man thought of it as fashion. This employee as well as all others across our nation would never dream of intentionally be disrespectful to our troops. Unfortunatley, w had to protect our employee because he been earlier bodily threatened by others earlier in the day. We have seen several uniform inspired fadhionable shirts and jackets as a trend lately.Again, no disrespect was intended and never will be. We stand behind our revord as highly supporting our troops with our programs Operation Care and Comf.
I am asking everyone to please sign this petition and lets get old navy to publicly knowledge and apology for where they are wrong.