Teen steals American flag from veteran who has the perfect punishment

Teen steals American flag from veteran who has the perfect punishment
Keaton Chandler (Image: Twitter screen grab)

The liberal effort to poison young minds about the nation’s proud heritage continues apace. Last Tuesday, the San Francisco School Board voted to cover up a mural depicting the life of George Washington, which some had argued traumatized students who had to walk past it every morning. The decision is being hailed as a “compromise” since 3 of the 7 board members were in favor of destroying the mural.

Halfway across the country, a teenager stole an American flag but ended up receiving a punishment that fit the crime. The teen, 19-year-old Keaton Chandler, was captured on surveillance camera at the Beacon Car & Pet Wash in Pacific, Mo. The owner of the business, military veteran Bill Hoaglin, could have pursued criminal charges but instead devised a more patriotic means for the boy to make amends.

Hoaglin posted the video to social media. Knowing he’d be identified, Chandler called the veteran and offered a weak excuse for his actions. “‘I am the guy who accidentally stole your flag,’” Hoaglin recalls the teenager laughably saying. “I said, ‘There’s nothing accidental about stealing.’”

Still thinking he had the upper hand, the teen offered to return the flag if Hoaglin agreed to take down the Facebook post.

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Patriotic Compromise Rather than Jail

The Air Force veteran wasn’t about to let him off the hook that easily.He sent his daughter to purchase 150 small flags from a local store, and Chandler, in order to avoid jail time for theft, agreed to pass the flags out to customers.

“For nearly five hours, Chandler distributed every single flag to customers,” Yahoo reported. “‘He said he would do whatever it takes,’ says Hoaglin.”

Amazing Life Lesson

Followers on Facebook noted that Hoaglin’s actions may have turned the teen’s life around.

“It’s hard to find honest people who have the character to own their actions,” one person wrote. “Even though he was wrong for stealing the flag, he did good and just might turn out to be a leader in the future.”

“Well handled, and I am glad the young man showed true backbone in fessing up and taking his lesson,” another individual wrote in response to the story.

The veteran reports that he’s actually offered the flag deal to other teenagers who had done wrong, but this young man was the first to take him up on it.

And, as his grandfather was a Purple Heart recipient during World War II, Hoaglin wanted Chandler to learn that “the flag is more than just a decoration.”

When all was said and done, Chandler offered advice to other teenagers.

“I made a mistake,” he said. “Don’t steal flags, kids.”

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.