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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke September 10, 2020

Olive Garden hasn’t banned American flag masks

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  • Servers must wear protective masks. Olive Garden says employees can wear whatever masks they want. 

We’ve previously debunked claims about businesses banning the American flag, and a new one about Olive Garden, home of unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks, is also wrong. 

"I find it odd that Olive Garden employees are allowed to wear BLM mask but NOT the American flag. I’m done spending my money there!!!"

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) 

One skeptical Facebook user brought the claim to the company’s verified Facebook page. 

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"I saw this post on someone’s FB page, is it true?" the person asked.

"That is not true," Olive Garden replied on Sept. 10. "Team members may wear either if they choose to do so." 

We rate this claim False.


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