patriotism, and what this country means to me. In it, I mentioned the fact that all my neighbors had flags posted in their yards for President's Day. This was also true during Memorial Day, the 4th of July, or any other holiday that could be deemed patriotic.
It wasn't until Independence Day when I found out why.
A group of us were sitting around on the 4th, doing a little in-home celebrating instead of the Melaleuca-sponsored "Worship Us" fireworks show. I watched as this pickup truck drove down the street, scooping up each and every flag on this street. An older gentleman would hop out of his truck, wearing overalls with no shirt, and a ratty old cowboy hat. He'd take each flag, roll it up, and toss it into the back of his truck before driving down to the next one.
I asked one of my houseguests "What the heck is he doing?" and was told about the local 'Rent-a-Flag' service in town. Apparently, for a price, you can pay someone to come to your house and plant a flag in your yard, making it look like you're patriotic.
I was stunned.
|Yes, for only $5 you can show how|
much you love your country...
Yet, it's a perfect example of capitalism. Someone saw a market for lazy people wanting to show their pride, and capitalized on it. It takes this guy 15 seconds to unfurl a flag and put it in your yard. Another 15 seconds that evening to take it down. And HOW MUCH is he charging?? When you can get 5-10 people per block, and x amount of blocks, I could see the windfall profits.
What amuses me is this: I was actually considering buying a flag, getting a bracket to mount it on the side of my house, and showing my patriotism like a good little citizen. I would be a little different, since most people have the ground stakes around here and mine would be on the side of the house. Now I'm not sure if I want to, because this fool will drive down the street, think my flag is one of his, and drive off with it.
Then again, I'd get it back on the next holiday, wouldn't I?
Something like letting me build you a website because you don't understand? Ok. Taking a car to a mechanic because they're too complicated to fix yourself? I get that. Paying a guy to take out a flag and put it in your yard, and remove it before sunset? My 4-year old nephew could easily do that. Why am I going to pay someone else to do it??
And why didn't I think of it first??