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September 25, 2009

Vets Go Medieval On Flag Burner's Ass

Brace yourself for a shock...alcohol was involved.

VALLEY FALLS -- Some veterans in this community resorted to some medieval punishment after a village man burned the American flag on a pole in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

The young man, whose name was not released, was duct taped to the pole by veterans for about six hours last Sunday with a sign around his neck accusing him of being a flag burner.

... He was pilloried while the village held its fall youth soccer picnic, which included a long parade of children passing the man tied to the pole.

''He'll never disrespect the flag again, I can tell you that,'' post Commander Nick Normile, a Vietnam War veteran, said today.

Part of me thinks, "yeah, nice job". Part of me thinks, "Ah, you can't just tie a guy to a pole for a few hours cause I'm pretty sure that's illegal."

More importantly, if you do...don't put it on your Facebook page and give press interviews about it.

So far, no word that anyone's been arrested. Maybe the guy agreed to the deal in lieu of the VFW charging him with destruction of property or something?

UPDATE: From another version of the story.

"I found him on Sunday and I duct taped him to the flag pole," Normile said bluntly. "He didn't deny it, said he was drunk. Let's just say he volunteered to sit out here duct taped to the pole."

Okay, no harm no foul on the whole "Unlawful Imprisonment" thing, I guess.

Don't get me wrong, I like the idea that someone did something stupid and willingly took his medicine without get cops and lawyers invovled. Willingly however is the key.


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