McDonald's upside-down flag in West Virginia explained

There was much hullabaloo in a West Virginia county the morning after Election Day 2012, when passersby and customers noticed a local McDonald's franchise was flying the U.S. flag upside-down, and at half-mast, leaving many to wonder whether this was a disrespectful or symbolic act in light of the presidential election results.

Local news station WTOV sought to get to the bottom of it, but there seemed to be conflicting reports as to why the flag was displayed this way. At first, a McDonald's employee said the owner made the decision. But when controversy erupted on the station's Facebook page, a user who claimed to be a manager of the fast food location said "it was a complete and total accident," and that the flagpole was broken.

The franchise owner, Karen Mezan, eventually emailed the station to clarify the situation  "Unfortunately, a flag cable broke and during the process of trying the fix the flag, it was inadvertently turned upside down," writes Mezan. "It wasn't noticed that the flag was upside down until a customer inquired about it. We are working on fixing the flag right now. It's important to note that this was an accident, not intentional."

The station reports an afternoon visit to the location turned up a repaired flagpole, with three flags "flying in their proper form."
Photo/Video credit: WTOV