A Walmart apologized after employees didn’t make a “Blue Lives Matter” cake in the latest cake-related controversy to befall the retail giant.
Employees at one of its stores refused to bake the cake, which also depicts the “thin blue line” frequently mentioned by law enforcement, for the daughter of a retiring police officer, reported the Macon Telegraph.
One of the employees told the woman, who remained anonymous, that “the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake.” When asked to place a blue line on a chocolate background, the employee said she didn’t “feel comfortable” with that either.
Walmart later apologized.
Wal-Mart employees in McDonough, GA have been accused of refusing to make a Blue Lives Matter cake for a retiring police officer. pic.twitter.com/qRAI9v2WjZ
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“Our goal is to always take care of customers. But sometimes we misstep,” the company said in a statement, according to a local ABC affiliate WTVM. “We’ve reached out to the family to make this right and offer our apologies.”
Franklin Allen, Chief of the Jonesboro Police Department, said the refusal to design the cake represents a larger issue. “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.
On Facebook, a person who claims to know the woman said the manager at the Walmart “offered to make the cake (which had already been taken care of by Kroger) and apologized for the mistake.”
Last year, Walmart was slammed when one of its stores in Louisiana stores refused to bake a cake with a Confederate flag on it, but agreed to bake a cake with the ISIS flag design for the same person, according to ABC News.