Activist Fired After She Posts Video Berating Family For Flying Mexican Flag

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Recently I spoke at Utah Valley University about the private regulation of speech, particularly in businesses curtailing not just workplace speech but speech outside of the workplace. We have discussed such incidents where people were fired for YouTube videos or drunken scenes. This “little brother” problem falls outside of the first amendment which addresses government regulation of speech. As a result, businesses have wide latitude in punishing employees for private conduct, though some states have laws protecting some forms of speech and employment such as voting and political activities. We have a new such case involving a woman in Ontario who shot and posted a video of her berating a neighbor for flying a Mexican flag. The video caused many to be understandably angry with Tressy Capps, who didn’t seem to see how obnoxious she appeared in her own posted video. However, it has not escaped her employer, which proceeded to fire her.


The video below is incredibly insulting and intolerant in my view. Capps suggests that the family might want to move back to Mexico simply because they are flying the Mexican flag. Capps is described as a political activist and asks woman in the window

“Is that a Mexican flag in your front yard?” Capps is heard asking the homeowner, who is behind a window. You know we live in America right? This is the United States. So, why are you flying a Mexican flag in your front yard?”

The woman did not appear to understand English. Her husband Sigifredo Banuelos later told the media that he did not see what was offensive about flying the Mexican flag and that they fly both the American and Mexican flags.

1411764779255_Image_galleryImage_A_controversy_involving_tCapps posted her video and not surprisingly received a harsh response. Her real estate company was not amused and fired her from an independent contactor position. For a real estate company in an area with a large Hispanic population, the decision was probably not viewed as a particularly difficult one. While the public confrontation did not involve her work, it certainly involved the clientele of her work. She made herself a liability and businesses are first to remove at-will employees who harm the bottom line.

I believe that there should be protection for private employees engaging in protected speech. However, when an employee seeks such notoriety and becomes such a liability, there is a stronger basis for the company acting to protect its business interests.

Woman Irate That Ontario Family Is Flying Mexican Flag In Their Front Yard

255 thoughts on “Activist Fired After She Posts Video Berating Family For Flying Mexican Flag”

  1. Well, kid. Someone objected to my calling you kid the other day, I forget who. Anyway, kid, don’t be throwing nuthin’ off the Tallahatchee Bridge!

  2. Mango – they would have to convict GZ of a civil rights violation, that is their only jurisdiction. They do not have dual jurisdiction for murder on private property. So, they did their due diligence and now they can say look we spent two years making the kid’s life a living hell. So now we are going to back off and let him go back to what little he has left of his life.

  3. @NickS

    Oh, thanks! It was no big deal. Sometimes I self-lullaby myself to sleep playing songs, and then trying to learn them. I am supposed to be playing pornographic blues riffs on my new guitar, because that is how the Dirty Fingers pickup on it is advertised, but I swear, it just sounds great being finger plucked on folk and country type songs. Plus, I am not much at picking notes yet. Anyway, FWIW, here is the old timey song I am learning:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZt5Q-u4crc

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  4. Squeeky, Excellent and timely. bravo!

    Nick, I have no doubts regarding JT’s interpretation thereof. In fact, I welcome his review.

    I have no problem defeating an adversary while remaining civil. It kind of goes with the territory when debating a sitting judge on the state Supreme Court. (Even judges can be deliberately obtuse.)

  5. Squeeky. I realized when I made my request it was imposing. It was a very specific request and late @ night. But damn, you hit it outta the park. I owe you a drink.

  6. @NickS

    I will try, but I am just sitting here practicing Ode To Billie Joe on my guitar, and getting sleepy.

    When Pigs Lie???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    Oh, Liberals can make some exceptions
    For cops and their many deceptions.
    Yes, their testimony
    Will not be baloney
    If it gibes with their own pre-conceptions!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  7. Nick,

    When it comes to my comment, it is crying wolf. I know what I wrote and it leaves no room for an alternative interpretation by anyone who has a firm grasp on the English language.

  8. Jack, It’s really not crying wolf here, it works! When it stops working we can call it crying wolf.

  9. Jack, Cops lie on the stand all the time. Lainey knows that, except when it’s inconvenient for her to admit. Then she is all cop lovey dovey. You can’t make this stuff up. Time for a poem from our great poet, Squeeky, about a love/hate relationship w/ cops?

    But you know what Jack, after losing the trial, and the last thread, and now this thread, the hand wringers will move on to Ferguson for a good ol’ fashioned cop lynchin’. Because, Lainey knows that cop is a liar.

  10. Elaine, what some fail to understand is that one must have something worthwhile to teach others, if he expects them to learn from his ‘wisdom’.

  11. Elaine,

    There isn’t even the hint of incivility in my comment. Go cry wolf elsewhere.

  12. Elaine,

    You can dig your heels in and choose to remain ignorant all you want. One must be willing to learn before they will actually learn anything.

    Best be on high alert next time you go to the store. Many people in the store will walk down the same path that you do. As such, they are following g you. Or we can use your word and declare them to be stalking you. πŸ™‚

  13. Jack,

    I’ll accept what a police detective testified to under oath in court before I’ll accept your word for what happened.

  14. Double jeopardy is illegal in this country, Lainey. Trial is over, and posting stories about the trial that are over a year old is. Well, let me be careful here. I don’t want any whining. OK, sad and pitiful. That’s what thinking you can try someone again and posting old stories about the trial is, sad and pitiful. See, I told you how I FEEEEL, I feel sad.

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