Walmart apologizes for failure to make cake for police officer
MCDONOUGH, Ga. — A Walmart spokesperson has acknowledge and apologized for a mishap with several employees at a store in McDonough, where a request for a cake to honor a police officer’s retirement was not honored.
The cake, according to a Facebook post from Taylor Wilkes, a friend of the officer’s family, was to have a blue line/blue lives matter theme to honor the officer. The employees who were to make that cake apparently thought it was a racist message, and refused to make it.
Franklin Allen, Chief of the Jonesboro Police Department, says the kind of mentality displayed by the workers at Walmart is symbolic of the ill will that’s mounting against police departments everywhere.
“It’s really heartbreaking, because 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,” said Allen.
After the story got out on social media, Walmart apologized, issuing a statement: “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.”
CBS46 reached out to Taylor Wilkes for comment but have not heard back. Wilkes did post an update on Facebook regarding the situation:
“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.”
We also reached out to Walmart to see if the employee or employees involved were punished or terminated. We have not received a call back.