One man named Larry Murphree who spent at least six years in the Air Force was recently forced to sell his home. The reasons why will literally blow you away.
Murphree, an elderly man who was living in a lovely home he had bought in Florida, was clocked for having an ‘unauthorized object’ on his porch. This ‘unauthorized object’ was a mere 17-inch American Flag that was standing in a small flower pot. Basically, he was told that if he did not remove it he would be fined 100 dollars every single day until it was gone.
Murphree was outraged and of course, refused to remove his small flag. He told Fox News as follows:
“I just lost it.”
“It just dawned on me there are people that strap on a gun every day to protect me and the people I love. It’s a small flag but it stands for a big thank you.”
“They started fining me up to $1,000 because I wouldn’t take the flag down.”
Basically, while he had fought the HOA (home owner’s association) on this they kept nitpicking and finding small things to attack him over until he had no choice but to sell. With fees mounting and a lien having been placed on his home by the association itself his options were few and far. The whole ordeal in itself made him no longer want to be a part of said community anyways.
That being said, he was recently granted a court date (for 2019) as he is suing the HOA for about a million dollars in hopes of recouping his losses and so forth. He was one of the first to buy a home in this small community and even cut the ribbon during an opening ceremony and this is how he ended up being treated. Could you imagine?
His Attorney told TWP as follows:
“He’s probably lost… hundreds of thousands of dollars of his retirement money, not to mention the time he’ll never get back from having to fight this battle.”
That being said, in his new home Murphree is free to fly his flag and now has eight including the one in his flowerpot. This legal battle has been going on for at least seven years. What do you think about all of this? Should he have been able to keep his flag as it was? I for one think this is quite sad in all possible ways.
Image via the Washington Examiner