Florida business removes American flags from workers' desks-Truth!
Florida Firm Removes American Flags From the Desks of Employees Who are Responding to the Attack on America–Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
This email says that the CEO of a company called NCCI Holdings in Boca Raton, Florida, confiscated American flags from workers who had them on their desks in response to the terrorist attacks on America.
According to an article in the Palm Beach Post newspaper, the story is true but after a storm of protest, the company reversed itself and is now allowing the flags.
The CEO of the company, Bill Schrempf, had the flags removed because he felt that some employees might find them offensive. His memo to employees said, “Divisive statements or actions, political or religious discussions and anything else that could be divisive or mean different things to different people are not appropriate in our work environment,”
An NCCI spokesman said the company has a long-standing policy of prohibiting employees from bringing political or religious symbols into the workplace and that there were only about 10 flags removed from desks.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
People like what? People like one Bill Schrempf. He’s the CEO of NCCI Holdings, Inc. in Boca Raton, Florida. NCCI is a company that compiles workers compensation insurance data. How exciting. They have about 850 employes in its Boca Raton offices. It seems that some of the NCCI employees are proud of their heritage and proud of their country. In the wake of the terrorist attack some of these NCCI employees decided that they wanted to display an American flag on their desks. At that point the dynamic Bill Schrempf swung into action. The orders went out to his managers and they immediately fanned out throughout the workplace confiscating the American flags. Schrempf, it seems, is afraid that some of the workers in the NCCI offices might find the display offensive.
So, NCCI boss Bill Schrempf finds himself in the same rouges gallery as John Smeaton, the vice provost of student affairs at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Smeaton ordered flags removed from campus busses for fear that foreign students might be (gasp!!!!) offended!!! The one difference between Lehigh and NCCI is that at Lehigh there was someone above Smeaton who actually possessed an ounce of sense and some feelings of patriotism. Smeaton’s order was countered in minutes. At NCCI Schrempf is the boss! There IS nobody above him (unless the Board of Directors calls a quick meeting.)
How’s this for a workplace rule. Nobody works here who is offended by the American Flag. Period. If the American Flag offends you then you are a virtual cancer in this workplace. Pack your stuff and don’t let the door knob hit you in the ass on your way out. Let me put it another way. If I have a flag on my desk and you try to confiscate it because you are offended — then you have a damned good chance to be the subject of one of those statistical records that NCCI collects. DAMN — this just pisses me off. Sorry, can’t hide it. I wish I had the money to buy that company just so I could send Schrempf packing.
Now — it just happens that I don’t have any need for a company that compiles workers compensation data. In the interest of all fairness — since I have slammed Bill Schrempf and his company — don’t you think its only fair that I list the company name and phone number? I mean — just in case you happen to agree with Bill Schrempf and would like to call and congratulate him! So, for that purpose only …. NCCI HOLDINGS INC 901 PENINSULA CORP CIR BOCA RATON, FL (561)893-1000