A construction worker who decided to proudly fly a Confederate flag at his work site for “shits and giggles’” has been fired, reports the CBC.
The flag belonged to Keith Lipiec, who happily posed for pictures with the flag which was attached to his pickup truck on the job site.
On Monday, CBC reporter Adam Carter interviewed Lipiec who was working on renovations at Hamilton’s historic Treble Hall, at the corner of King and John Streets
“I just wanted to do it for sh*ts and giggles — and if I piss a few people off along the way, then so be it,” the worker explained.
When asked about the violence in Charlottesville and the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, he glibly replied: “Yeah, some guy ran over a whole bunch of people, so be it. It happens every day,” he explained. “There’s good and there’s bad [with the flag] — same as the swastika, and the Nazis, and that flag. That was stolen from the religious people that actually believed in that symbol and everybody mistakes it for Hitler and the Nazis, and it’s not even true.’
— Adam Carter (@AdamCarterCBC) August 21, 2017
Lipiec’s employer, Yoke Group owner and CEO Anthony Quattrociocch, told the CBC that he has “absolutely zero tolerance for this behaviour. He will no longer be working for Yoke Group.”