Apartment Tells Residents 'No Flags Allowed'

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For residents at the Oaks Apartments complex in Albany, Washington, flying a flag of any kind is against the rules. That includes sports flags, flag stickers on cars -- and even the American flag. 

It's an issue that has many residents fuming.

For several parents whose children serve in the U.S. armed forces, flying the American flag is their way of showing honor and support.

Jim Clausen flies the American flag from the back of his motorcycle. He has a son in the military who is returning to Iraq.

"This flag stands for all those people," Clausen explained. "It stands for the people that can no longer stand -- who died in wars. That's why I fly this flag."

Clauson was told to remove the red, white and blue from both of his rides -- or face eviction. 
 
"It floored me," he said. "I can't believe she was saying what she was saying."

Eight-year apartment resident Sharron White was also less-than thrilled with the regulation.

White said management told her "someone might get offended."

"I just said to her 'they'll just have to get over it,'" White said.

Just why management issued the no flag flying rule is not clear, but many say they'll gladly protest it.

One resident said, "If I put it on and I walk outside here? What's going to happen? Am I going to be confronted by a manager about this?"

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the tenants' rights are not being violated by the flag ban since the apartment complex is private property.

*Original Broadcast Date: October 13, 2009. 

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