Twenty six year old Sean May worked as a front desk supervisor at the Casa Monica Hotel in St. Augustine, Florida until last week.

May has been wearing an American Flag pin to work for the last two years but last week he was told to remove it because it violates company policy.  A spokesperson for the hotel said the company has always had personal appearance guidelines and they are currently being enforced.

It's ironic he was fired for displaying the American flag discretely on his clothing while the hotel flies an American flag over the building.  The company spokesperson stated "the property reflects its pride in America and great patriotism by flying the Stars and Stripes high over the hotel".

The employee guidelines state that no other buttons, badges, pins or insignias of any kind are permitted to be worn.  The company says this is a standard regulation which ensures equality for all employees.

When I check into a hotel I could care less if the employee at the desk is wearing an American flag or Kiwanis pin I just want a clean, safe room at a reasonable price.  I wonder what their policy says about tatoos and facial piercings?  I find piercings and tatoos to be ludicrous and uncalled for, but again if the room is clean, affordable and safe I really don't care.

If this hotel had any smarts they would rehire this young man and give pins to everyone at the hotel to wear.   In fact they could put them in a bowl like mints with a little sign saying "Be a patriot.  Take one of these and wear it proudly".