When a U.S. soldier announced on Instagram that she was hiding in her car to avoid saluting the American flag, angry patriots on social media didn’t waste any time chastising her for her disrespect.
According to ArmyTimes.com, Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, a member of the 59th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, at Fort Carson, Colo, posted a selfie with a caption that said:
“This is me laying back in my car hiding so I don’t have to salute the 1700 flag, KEEP ALL YOUR ‘THATS SO DISRESPECTFUL/HOWRUDE/ETC.’ COMMENTS TO YOURSELF cuz, right now, IDGAFFFF.”
Facebook lit up with criticism, including this post that summarized the sentiments of the crowd nicely:
“Any soldier who refuses to salute the flag is in the military for the wrong reason, and should be removed by dishonorable discharge with loss of all benefits. If they won’t salute it, they damn sure won’t fight for it.”
The Army Times reported:
The online outrage has quickly turned to hate, with a torrent of abusive comments, racial slurs and threats being made against the young soldier.
Sheffey responded with a video on Instagram on Tuesday and expressed regret. But she stopped short of apologizing for her actions:
“I seriously just want to say thank you to everybody who stood up to me today, like seriously. That s— to me was not that serious. I am not a disrespectful soldier and I really appreciate you all.”
Attempts to reach Sheffey for comment via email were not immediately successful.
“The chain of command is aware and looking into the situation,” said post spokesman Dee McNutt. “That’s really all I can say at this point.”
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