Tim Childress thought he was being patriotic when he went to buy an American flag at his local Dollar Tree store in Dallas. But he soon discovered that his purchase was a cheap impostor of Old Glory that was emblazoned with a not-so authentic 61 stars.

Childress noticed the strange crooked pattern containing eleven extra stars when he returned home from the store, local television station WFAA-TV reported. The extra stars defy the standard set by President Eisenhower that requires the American flag to contain 13 stripes and 50 stars on a field of blue in the upper left corner. The plastic flag was made in China and marketed by a Virginia company, the television station reported.

Tim returned to the Dollar Tree store and explained that there should only be 50 stars to represent each state. "They need to correct this or at least get the Chinesse supplier to correct this," Childress said to WFAA-TV. The Dallas Dollar Tree assistant store manager did not want to comment in front of the camera when the local television station arrived at the location. Off-camera, the manager for the Dollar Tree store said that the flag is just a 'patriotic banner,' not an American flag.

After the report was aired Sunday night, Dollar Tree told WFAA-TV that all of the 61 star flags had been destroyed. WalletPop reached out to Dollar Tree, but did not receive a response by press time.

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Poppy War

Why is this such a big deal? Dollar stores sell cheap crap all the time.

December 25 2011 at 7:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply