According to recent Facebook posts, a group of veterans that have been gathering at the Hardee's in Lone Oak, Kentucky for over a decade were asked to leave. The manager told the men to either remove the Trump flag from the property or disperse. The veterans refused because they were eating a Hardee's breakfast bought and paid for from the restaurant and the Trump flag was on their truck. The Sheriff was called and they left the property.
After speaking to the general manager at Hardee's in Lone Oak she did say that indeed she asked the two men to either remove the Trump flag or they would have to leave the property. According to the GM, the men got upset, refused to leave, and said she should call the sheriff to make them move. And, she did.
This will be the third general manager at the Hardee's location since January. The new GM said the other's left because they didn't want to deal with the situation anymore. She's referring to the group of men that gather in the parking lot outside Hardee's each morning since in-person dining isn't an option. She continued to say that Hardee's has a policy that asks patrons to keep political or offensive displays including signs, flags, and other similar forms of expression off the property. She was doing her job.
Numerous complaints have been made by other customers regarding gatherings that take place at the Hardee's in Lone Oak and she's trying to be fair to everyone. The GM said she will continue to bring coffee to the gentlemen every morning and likes serving them. It's the large displays of flags and signs that cause a problem, regardless of political party.
The dining room has been closed since the pandemic shuttered businesses but the men continued their tradition of buying and eating breakfast at the location every day for over 15 years, only now it's in the parking lot outside of Hardees in Lone Oak. The GM said sometimes the group will go to the Broadway Hardee's where there's still in-person dining.
There are two Facebook posts below. The first is from Tom Lowe, one of several veterans that meet everyday at the local Hardee's. The other is from a member of the McCracken County Republican Party.
This Facebook post is by Tom Lowe, a 'regular' at Hardees in Lone Oak, Kentucky that's been eating breakfast there for over 15 years.
This post is by a member of the McCracken County Republican Party asking the community to join her in protest Saturday morning on the public sidewalk in front of Hardee's at 8 am.