Wal-Mart has issued an apology after one of its Georgia stores refused to make a “blue lives matter” cake for a police officer’s retirement party, according to WGCL-TV.
Taylor Wilkes, a friend of the officer's family, posted on Facebook that employees at the Wal-Mart in McDonough called the message the officer’s daughter asked to have printed on the cake “racist.”
“That’s completely nuts,” one customer told WGCL.
Franklin Allen, the chief of the nearby Jonesboro Police Department, told WGCL he found the incident "heartbreaking” and indicative of recent hostility against police.
“Officers go out and put their lives on the line for people, regardless of color, creed, sex, or national origin. It doesn't matter to us," he said.
After the story gained attention on social media, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart issued a statement apologizing for the incident: "Our goal is to always take care of customers. But, sometimes we misstep. We've reached out to the family to make this right and offer our apologies."
Wilkes posted on Facebook that the store’s manager offered to make the cake free of charge, although the family had already ordered the cake from another bakery. The manager “donated some extra stuff for the retirement party” as a way of apologizing for the bakery’s refusal.
According to radio host Todd Starnes, who first called attention to the story, the manager offered to make the cake for the family although they had already selected another bakery — but “the cake decorators refused to comply.”
So the manager made it himself. Starnes called his handiwork “embarrassing and unacceptable.”
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