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Bakersfield gym owner thinks vandal who burned 2 US flags at strip mall 'dislikes America'


Bakersfield gym owner thinks vandal who burned 2 US flags at strip mall 'dislikes America'

WATCH  | Two American flags outside a gym in Bakersfield, Calif., were burned to the ground Wednesday morning, affiliate station KMPH reported.


When Dicky Mulyana arrived at his gym Wednesday morning, he saw something unusual by the front door.

"I noticed there was something on the ground, and then I looked up and was like, 'Where's my flag?'" he recalled.

His American flag had been burned, the nylon remains were melted on the pavement and the wooden pole was burned but still intact. Mulyana said it must have happened overnight between when he left at 8:30 p.m. and when he got back at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

It hurt me to see something like that
Neal Lyday -Gym owner

But it wasn't just his flag. In the same complex, the flag outside Neal Lyday's gym was also burned.

"I couldn't believe it," said Lyday, who arrived at work Wednesday morning to find one of his trainers -- who Lyday says is a U.S. military combat veteran -- standing in shock over the charred remnants.

Both Mulyana and Lyday say they have no idea who did it. While they don't believe it was a disgruntled client, they can't rule it out. Lyday says the only surveillance camera on the property had recently been turned off after he moved his business.

Mulyana, who says he immigrated to the United States from Indonesia when he was a child, says whoever it was, he thinks it's part of a larger cultural shift, possibly related to the election of Donald Trump.


It could be, I don't know. It could be someone who just dislikes America
Dicky Mulyana, gym owner

Both said they have notified the Bakersfield Police Department and hope whoever did it comes forward.

Lyday even shared his feelings regarding the incident on his Facebook page. 

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