Irish Bar Takes Down Thin Blue Line Flag, Apologizes After Cop Hater Complains

An Irish bar in South Bend took down its Thin Blue Line flag after a social justice warrior complained on Facebook.

South Bend, IN – A woman who has called to abolish law enforcement complained to an Irish bar about the Thin Blue Line flag they’d hung to support fallen police officers, and the South Bend bar took the flag down and apologized.

Tonna Robinson, who has posted countless anti-police memes on Facebook, and proudly touts her disdain for law enforcement on her two Facebook pages, saw a Thin Blue Line flag hanging in Fiddler’s Hearth, so she posted a message about it on Facebook and tagged the restaurant.

“We’re here, but this flag says we’re not welcome. We won’t be coming back until it’s gone,” Robinson posted with a tag on Fiddler’s Hearth at 10:12 pm on April 30.

Fiddler’s Hearth responded just before 9 am the next morning, and apologized profusely.

“I agree too. The flag is down. Thought it was just a flag honoring fallen officers. Ignorance is no excuse. My sincerest apologies to anyone we've offended,” Fiddler’s Hearth commented on Robinson’s post.

The hostess who answered the phone at Fiddler’s Hearth on Thursday morning told Blue Lives Matter that owner Carol Meehan personally responded to all the Facebook messages about the flag incident.

After the bar began to receive blowback and accolades from different segments of the community, they addressed the matter again on May 4 in a comment on a positive review posted on their Facebook page.

“For years, Fiddler's has had an area of the restaurant dedicated to our first responders and servicemen. The walls are covered with patches and T-shirts from police and fire departments all over the world, but especially in the USA. We have pictures of fallen local police officers hanging on the wall to honor their service. A ‘We Support Our Troops’ flag hangs there. We offer a 25% discount to all military, police, and firefighters. We hung what we thought was a flag honoring fallen officers in the same area,” Fiddler’s Hearth posted.

“When a customer told us it was actually a ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag, we checked it out and they were correct. While we obviously honor our first responders and all those who put their lives on the line to keep us safe, altering the #blacklivesmatter slogan only serves to further promote social unrest in our country. The flag is down and will stay down. We are looking for a more appropriate flag honoring our police officers to hang in its place,” the bar posted.

But Fiddler’s Hearth didn’t do their homework carefully enough when they “checked it out” after receiving Robinson’s complaint about the Thin Blue Line flag. It turns out that it wasn’t a Blue Lives Matter flag at all.

"Thin Blue Line flags are just flags that express support for law enforcement. They have no direct connection to any Blue Lives Matter organization outside of their original meaning to show support for police,” said Christopher Berg, Editor-in-Chief of Blue Lives Matter.

“It's a common tactic among police abolitionists to use hyperbolic and false information to de-legitimize anything that shows support for law enforcement,” Berg said.

Robinson’s social media friends were quick to applaud the apologetic posts from Fiddler’s Hearth, but law enforcement supporters were not happy that an Irish bar, which would traditionally be considered a pro-police establishment, caved so quickly to the demands of somebody who wants to eliminate law enforcement.

Several people pushed back at the incorrect explanation of the flag that Robinson was giving, and that Fiddler’s Hearth was perpetuating.

“Always people trying to cause trouble. Fiddler's Hearth is disgusting. Now they’ve alienated all the cops. It’s fine they don’t support fallen police officers. Don’t expect the living ones to come to your establishment. Also, don’t call them when you need something,” a Facebook user named Pete Mags commented on Robinson’s thread.

“Tonna, cmon, seriously? Are you that desperate to denounce all 900,000 police officers? The thin blue line is a symbol for fallen police officers. It’s been around long before Blue Lives Matters. You’re just making into something it’s not to satisfy your agenda,” he wrote.

“The term ‘thin blue line’ in regards to police began in the 50’s. You can look up the original definition yourself. The flag with a thin blue line only has one meaning and that is to honor the sacrifice of fallen police officers,” Pete Mags posted.

Blue Lives Matter left a message for Carol Meehan at Fiddler’s Hearth, and also reached out to her for comment via email. No response had been received at publication time.

@ Hi_estComnDenomn, what makes it illegal?
Does your elevator go to the top floor?

I dont know if i should answer your legit question or reply to your insult.

You're a fucking clown.

@Hi_estComnDenomn, ROFLMFAO!
Your stupidity is only surpassed by your bravado, both ignorant to the highest degree.
You stated that the Blue Lives Matter flag was illegal, yet you didn't provide any proof. Do you always depend on your ignorance as a statement of fact?
Fact is, that's a lie and you know it.
But, it doesn't fit your agenda, so you have to lie about it.
BTW, does this flag violate the law, or are you proud of it?

So far, the only fucking clown here is you. You, in fact, provide all the entertainment, while proving your ignorance in the very same swoop.


Maybe it's just my stupidity, but you chose "Copy text" instead of "Copy link."

But what do i know? Maybe you meant to paste a wall of nonsense text to trick me.

@Hi_estComnDenomn, there you go, sweetcheeks.
Trick you? I don't need to trick you, you're already a joke.


Sweetcheeks. Alright.

Also, i don't understand your metaphor. Tricks and jokes aren't the same thing. 'A' for effort, though.

Finally, yep. That flag is an abomination as well, but at least LGBT has an excuse. They aren't part of the system.

The "All Jobs Matter" flag was created by cops, for cops, who should be well aware of the Flag Code.

@Hi_estComnDenomn, and that legal (Criminal) Flag Code is where, exactly?
In that void between your ears?
And, I like how you try to make limits on people's rights, as if you are the authority, when you have no such authority.
Seems like the God hood you hold isn't so sturdy.
Or, is that conceit?


I know it can't just be my imagination, but do you frequently fuck up common sayings?

Are you saying the hood i wear isn't sturdy? Did you mean helmet?

@Hi_estComnDenomn, are you actually that ignorant?
Do you have to evade, when all you had to do is provide your proof? Just cite the legal code provided that cites the violation. After all, it was you who made the statement that it was illegal for Blue Lives Matter to use the US Flag as a model in the manner they were using it. Funny how you couldn't provide that code in the Legal Flag Code Book, ROFLMFAO!
Just can't come to grips with the fact that you can't help but lie.
And, that your so called intellectual superiority isn't all that.
Your God Powers are quite lacking.

So, tell me, who's the Fucking Clown?
Answer, YOU!


So did you not browse yourself? I did the Google search for you and everything. All you had to do is read.

Who said i was intellectually superior? I'm just as smart or dumb as any other average person. If you think I'm smarter than you, that sounds like a personal problem.

@Hi_estComnDenmomn, you linked to a site that showed what? A reference to the display, destruction of the flag, not the use of the US Flag as a model for other uses. And, you already know it isn't illegal in the first place.
You failed again.
Yet, you think that was an answer? Yes, you failed. And, you already knew it. Trying to cover your ass isn't about providing a link to a source. It's just trying to cover your ass with a lie, like you are trying to do again.


It's the flag code. All you have to do is read.. Don't call me a liar when you could just read.

@Hi_estComnDenomn, LOL. Read it yourself. And repeat the part where it says anything about regulating the reproduction of the American Flag being a Criminal act. And, then, repeat the part showing where it is criminal again, I need a laugh.
I love watching idiots like you squirm.
You are the 'Fucking Clown'!


And you think people give a shit what you think? Get the hint mate and fuck off. Pip Pip Cheerio.

Hi_est and Sober...get a damn room and shut the hell up. Geezus.

He's my new biggest fan though.

It is easy to make a flag with a thin blue line. No need to desecrate a country's flag to do it. The symbolism is meant to pretend the violators are an essential part of the country whose flag they are expropriating. If cop conduct followed the Constitution of the country whose flag they desecrate everyday (just by what they do), then it might make sense to have them as part of the flag. But they are outside the lines. Bad cops, bad cops...

I like how your comment about people not caring what i think is sandwiched between two comments from people caring what i think.


Just goes to show there are nutjobs around!!