John Henderson, 63, said he was so upset by the deteriorated condition of the huge flag at the Burger King in Erie County's Perkins Township that he was unable to finish his burger and instead went outside, brought the flag down and took it to a local Veterans of Foreign Wars hall for retirement, WJW-TV, Cleveland, reported Monday.
"So I took it in my own hands," Henderson said. "Whether it be right or wrong, I have a deep feeling for this country and all the people who died for it."
Henderson said a Burger King employee reclaimed the flag from the VFW hall and mentioned the possibility of filing charges.
However, Elizabeth Hanson, a training supervisor with Burger King, arranged to meet with Henderson face-to-face Sunday and promised him the flag would be replaced.
Hanson said several of the Burger King location's former employees had served in the military and one had died in uniform.
Hanson said Henderson will be invited to the flag-raising ceremony once a new flag is procured for the eatery.