Three Georgia Walmart Employees have refused to make a cake for a police officer’s retirement party because they said that making it was racist.
The officer’s daughter went to the Walmart on September 22 to ask them to make a cake with a flag design on it.
The daughter showed the Walmart employees a photograph of the police officers flag, which had the black and white design of the American flag with a blue line in it. The officer had served in the police force for 25 years.
The employees then refused to make the cake and said that it was racist and they were not comfortable with making it.
She then suggested a second cake that was covered in chocolate frosting with a horizontal blue frosting line down the middle. That cake was then rejected again.
“She said, ‘I don’t feel comfortable doing this,’” the police officer’s daughter told Todd Starnes. “I asked her, ‘Is there something wrong with cops?’”
After getting rejected for a third time, she said that she would go to another bakery for her business.
“I was so shocked,” the police officer’s daughter told Starnes. “I didn’t know what to do or say or anything. I was trying not to lose my temper or make a scene.”
A family friend made a Facebook post about the incident and later, the Walmart store manager called the police officers family to apologize. The manager also said that the store would create another cake free of charge and give a $50 gift card.
“Our goal is to always take care of customers,” a spokesperson for Walmart told Starnes. “But, sometimes we misstep. We’re glad we were able to connect with the family to apologize and make this right.”
The cake decorators once again refused to make the cake, forcing the manager to make the cake. She said that because the manager had to create it and not the decorators, the cake looked “terrible.”
“I work in retail,” the daughter told Starnes. “If I didn’t want to deal with a customer — and said ‘No’ — I would get fired.”
“It irritates me that in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Walmart was looted and the cops were protecting them,” she said. “And you can’t make a cake for the people who are protecting you?”