Walmart Employee Refuses To Print Engagement Photo For Couple Holding Shotgun, Citing Gang Culture
Soon-to-be-married couple Stephanie Wehner and Mitch Strobl are getting ready for their wedding this weekend and were finishing up some last minute details. One of those details was to get their engagement photos printed out for display at the reception.
She ordered 13 different prints online at Walmart and then went to pick them up when they were ready.
When she received them, she only had 12 photos.
The photo with the shotgun was not included and when asked why, the response was no what anyone expected.
“She was very nice, but very matter-of-fact, like she was not going to budge or give me my photo,” Wehner said.
She even received a slip from the clerk that read: “MINUS ONE 5 X 7. NO WEAPONS.”
The reason given? It is the store’s policy not to print any photos with firearms, as they can promote “gang culture”.
“To automatically to be lumped into that category of a gang… that hits a little close to home for us, because that isn’t our intent at all,” Strobl said.
Especially when you consider what he does for a living: Creating manuals for hunter safety and outdoor recreation.
“I did that in this picture; I made sure the action was open… that is was a safe photograph,” he said.
A spoksperson for Walmart assured them that this was not the store’s policy. “We had a new associate who was misinformed. Her actions are not consistent with our policy,” the spokesperson said.
In any event, the employee should have obviously printed the photo, and whoever trained her about the ‘store policy’ should keep their personal beliefs out of work and away from the customers. Keep your finger off your gun control trigger.