MESA, AZ - A Valley apartment complex is stirring up some controversy after a pair of residents were fined for displaying a paper-sized American flag from their balcony.
Brittany Anderson and her husband both come from military families and live at the Verona Park apartments near Extension Road and Baseline Road in Mesa.
The couple mounted an American flag on the balcony of their second floor apartment to display their pride, they say.
The apartment complex delivered to the Andersons two official notices to remove the flag, as well as imposed a $50 fine.
In the lease agreement, the complex clearly states that flags are not to be placed on any balconies, including the American flag. The only exception is specific designated holidays.
It's a rule that Brittany calls infuriating.
"We're one of the only ones that I've seen the flag up, and I think that it is extremely important that everybody partakes in our patriotism," she said. "There's not enough of it around here today. For you to try and discourage putting a flag up or discourage any patriotism is wrong.
Verona Park Apartments say even though its rules state no flags are allowed, except for certain holidays, no tenant has ever been fined under that reason.
A spokesman for the company says that rule isn’t enforced.
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