Original story, posted Friday, July 27, 2018: On the evening of Thursday, July 26, 2018, an Ocracoke resident shared a photo on Facebook. It was of a “Trump 2020” flag flying aboard the M/V Frisco, a ferry that runs between Ocracoke and Hatteras.
Mayhem ensued. Politics can be ugly.
The photo made the rounds on Facebook and was shared to the NCDOT Ferry Division’s Facebook page. I know I wasn’t the only one, but in the interest of full disclosure, it’s important to note that I brought the photo to the attention of Jed Dixon, deputy director of the NCDOT Ferry Division.
Captain and crew were suspended for seven days without pay.
This showed up in my FB feed today. And in the comments was this from a friend of a friend:
XXX XXXXX If you are interested in knowing WHY this happened on July 26….here you go: My family and I (group of 13) are on our way to take the ferry….one employee hears us speaking French and makes an unacceptable comment to the following vehicule referring about us as M**** F****’s….we do speak both languages and found this to be completely inappropriate and unacceptable….we reported the incident to the manager. The employee was visibly angered about the reporting….the flag flying was done later that day….intolerance does not have a place in 2018…food for thought….