Ben Ashlock, the 41-year-old general manager of a Colton’s Steak House & Grill franchise in Bardstown, Kentucky, hoisted the Ukrainian flag (next to Old Glory) to show solidarity with the war-torn country. And then all hate broke lose…
“My family eats at Colton’s Steakhouse, but will not eat there again until the Ukrainian flag is replaced with our national Flag,’ said one former patron.
The problem with that comment is: The US flag is also flown and was never taken down.
More messages flooded social media…
“Take that trash flag down! May Ukraine be leveled to the ground!”
“It seems the only thing you accomplished flying this foreign flag is to further divide your fellow Americans. One can’t even [sit] down to a meal these days without having politics flown in ones face.”
“I hope that Ukrainian flag is gone,” one user said, adding a face-with-monocle emoji. “I prefer my steak without a side of Nazi.”
In addition to the fact most of the “civilized” world is standing with Ukraine, Ashlock has a connection with the country as he and his wife adopted a teenage son from there in 2019 and the couple has made long-standing friendships with Ukrainians as a result.
“I would love to take the flag down … because that would mean that they’re not at war anymore,” Ashlock said.
Until then, the flag stays.
What’s not so good is the lack of sympathy and common decency exhibited by some folks.
Bardstown is a city in Nelson County, Kentucky. The city had 13,567 residents as of 2020, according to the United States Census Bureau.
In the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, 68 percent of Nelson County voters supported Donald Trump.