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Clarksville, IN (WDRB) -- It's a Facebook firestorm that has led some people to say they're boycotting Green Tree Mall. The Marines tell us an incident happened back in December or January, but they call it a misunderstanding that has blown up on Facebook.
Messages being shared all over Facebook allege two uniformed Marines walked into Green Tree Mall and were kicked out by security because guards thought they were trying to recruit. But Facebook posters claim the Marines were only there to have lunch. This started a firestorm of posts by people upset with the mall saying they will boycott it.
Sergeant Daniel Angel, a Marine spokesman says in December or January, a couple of recruiters from the Armed Forces Career Center in Clarksville were talking to potential applicants in the Green Tree Mall food court and were asked by security to leave. He says the mall doesn't allow solicitation.
The next day, he says the head of security at the mall came down to the career center to tell recruiters why they were asked to leave. Sgt. Angel says recruiters are allowed to set up a booth in the mall.
He says it was a misunderstanding that has blown up on Facebook because the original poster tells WDRB News that he posted it after hearing about the incident from someone else. And that posting was shared hundreds of times.
Earlier Green Tree Mall issued this statement: "The Facebook posts are incorrect. Green Tree Mall fully supports all military, active and retired, and welcome them as guests to our property anytime. We are currently working with our local recruiting office on opportunities to recruit for future military personnel."
People say this is a perfect example of how social media can take on a life of its own. It shows how one person's post can be spread hundreds of times, whether it's true or false.