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By Lynn Curwin     Oct 23, 2011 in Lifestyle
Stratford-upon-avon - A British teenager, who convinced a shop she was working at to allow staff to wear poppies last year, has launched an online petition in an effort to prevent other firms from banning the poppy.
Harriet Phipps was working at Hollister, in Southampton, last year when she was told to remove her Remembrance poppy because it was not part of the uniform and wasn't company policy. After her attempts to talk to someone at head office were unsuccessful she went public with her story, and the company then changed its policy to allow employees to wear poppies.
"On returning to my home town of Stratford - upon - Avon my local MP Mr Nadim Zahawi invited me to the Remembrance service where I met a gentleman from the Royal British Legion who inspired me to continue with this campaign so we never experience this situation again," Phipps said on her poppy campaign website.
She launched a petition online which she hopes will collect 100,000 signatures and result in the government debating the issue.
"The poppy is our national symbol of remembrance and if we want to wear one, we should be able to," The Independent quoted her as saying.
"At the moment employers have the right to tell their staff to take it off and that's what I'm trying to change."
Phipps' petition, which now has more than 10,000 signatures, can be found here.
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