By Angela Wyatt Braden
The daughter of a soon to be retired police officer requested that an Atlanta area Wal-Mart make a “Blue Lives Matter” cake for her father’s retirement party. The woman said that the Wal-Mart employees emphatically refused to honor her request for the specially designed pastry, stating that the requested design can be perceived as “racist.”
“One of the bakers told me the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake.”
The woman asked the bakery employees at the Wal-Mart if they had a problem with police officers, being that they were so resistant of decorating a cake for a retired police officer. The bakery employees said that the requested design of a blue and black flag, an insignia often used for the “Blue Lives Matter” movement, simply provoked feelings of discomfort for the employees. The woman said that she then asked them if they would just color the cake black and put a thin blue line on the cake. She said that the bakery employees still refused to make the cake, insisting that the alternative design was also racist.
The woman, who has not been identified in the news media, said she asked for the manager of Wal-Mart to complain about the bakery’s refusal to make her requested cake. She said the manager profusely apologized and offered her the cake for free, along with a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.
According to the woman, he told the employees to make the cake, but the employees still refused. She said that the manager of the Wal-Mart decided to decorate the cake himself. The woman said that the cake decoration was substandard and “unprofessional.” But because she did not have the time to go to another bakery and order a cake, she took the cake with her to get to the retirement party on time.
The news media broke the story and Wal-Mart quickly rushed to employ damage control tactics. Leslee Wright, spokesperson for Wal-Mart released the following statement.
“We have addressed this issue with everyone involved and are taking steps to make sure no other customers have this kind of experience in our stores. We’re glad we were able to connect with the family to apologize and make this right.”