Several employees at a Wal-Mart store in McDonough, Georgia, reportedly refused to make a thin blue line/blue lives matter themed cake for an officer's retirement, which triggered an apology from Wal-Mart (video below).
Taylor Wilkes wrote about the situation on Facebook Sept. 22:
So my buddy's sister went to Walmart in McDonough, GA to have a cake made for their father's retirement party. He's retiring from being a police officer. She asked Walmart to make a "thin blue line" cake to commemorate his extensive and honorable service as a dedicated police officer. Walmart refused to honor her request due to it being "racist."
Three separate people in management denied her request for this reason. To me, this is appalling. There is nothing racist about the symbolism behind the "thin blue line," yet people CHOOSE to make EVERYTHING about race. I'm so tired of it. It's literally exhausting for me to think about now. It's only ignorant people who continue to spread this negativity.
People need to educate themselves. Bottom line. I'm just waiting for the day that our American flag is deemed "racist" by ignorant instigators who are just looking for attention and for something to be upset about. It's really getting ridiculous.
WGCL notes that Wal-Mart apologized after the story went viral: "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 an update on Facebook about the Wal-Mart manager trying to make things right on Sept. 24, but Wilkes wasn't impressed and called for unwavering loyalty to the police:
The manager at Walmart met with my friend's sister and offered to make the cake (which had already been taken care of by Kroger) and apologized for the mistake. He stated that Walmart fully supports law enforcement and donated some extra stuff for the retirement party along with a gift card in lieu of the cake.
If you ask me, I think he just did that because, thanks to you all, this got so much attention, and he didn't want it to go farther than it did. The way the meeting was described to me was that it was very scripted and not very sincere. So, although the mistake was "made right," I will still not be shopping at Walmart due to the "quality" of employees they hire. But that's just me. Please share this post just like you shared the other one so that people may get the update and form their own opinion.
Myself as well as my friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, thank you for your continued support in this matter, as well as your unwavering support for law enforcement! #ThinBlueLine #BoycottWalmart