Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Pier 1 Store Sold American Flags
Made in China
American flags made in China? Some say it's unpatriotic, but it's also illegal in Minnesota. It's a new law that even some national retailers are not aware of.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS alerted the manager of the St. Paul Pier 1 store that the tiny, China-made U.S. flags it is selling for 95-cents are not allowed under a 2007 state law. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS checked four Twin Cities Pier 1 Imports and found the flags in all of them.
In a statement to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, Pier 1 said "We are unaware of the Minnesota state law that you brought to our attention. We will investigate this issue and make adjustments in order to comply with any applicable Minnesota state law."
"If anything that should be made in this country, it's the flag," said [DEMOCRAT] Rep. Tom Rukavina, who introduced the bill. He hopes other companies will get the message too.
"They should have known the law," [said Rukavina.]
The company could face a $1,000 fine.
Oh - oh - oh...there's another thing Mister Pious-Holier-Than-Thou Rukavina should have known about the law. That it's against the law to drive drunk, just like HE did in August, 2004:
Rukavina, 54, was arrested on Highway 169 in Mountain Iron at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after deputies saw him driving erratically, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.
He was cited for fourth-degree DUI after being given field sobriety tests. He took a blood-alcohol test at the county jail and registered 0.15.
I understand the buy-American mentality when it comes to Old Glory. But...it's rather silly. I'm not saying it should be changed, or reversed, or revised. But so much of everything else we buy is manufactured overseas.
Those of you who advocate that Americans should only purchase American-made cars, and I agree we should, take a look around your homes at all of your electronic gear, especially your big, flat screen, plasma televisions. Is there a Made in America sticker or imprint on them? I don't think so.
What do you think?
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