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HUNTINGTON BEACH : Flags at Bank Fall Victim to Vandals

Vandals who stole the California flag and left Old Glory lying on the ground at the Bank of America in Huntington Harbor have upset and outraged bank customers and employees.

“It’s like a violation of our rights as Americans,” said Judy Slaughter, vice president and manager of the bank on Algonquin Street. “Our customers are upset about it.”

Slaughter said that someone cut the cords and pulled down the flags Monday night. A customer noticed the vandalism Tuesday morning before the bank opened.

“The lady was upset; she was in tears,” Slaughter said.

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Police spokesman Mike Corcoran said that unless a witness to the misdemeanor comes forward, “there’s not a lot we can do.”

Slaughter said the bank started flying the flags about three months ago and recently installed lighting so the flags could be left up at night.

A new state flag has been ordered, and the flagpole will be secured.

“We will do what we can do to prevent vandalism, but we’re just shocked that we have to do it,” she said.

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