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Walmart Employee Refused To Make Retirement Cake For Police Officer, Said 'Blue Lives Matter' Could Be Racist

A cop is retiring. You need a cake. You want to have it say “Blue Lives Matter” on it—and the cake makers raise objections that it could be considered racist. That’s what happened at a Walmart in Georgia, where a retiring police officer’s festivities were hamstrung by political correctness. When a request was made to nix the text and instead opt for a blue line with a chocolate background, these cake wizards still refused. Walmart has since stepped forward to apologize. Oh, and the cake was made, but it wasn’t the most professionally done (via Macon Telegraph):

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The police officer’s daughter, who has remained anonymous, told radio host Todd Starnes that she went to a Walmart in McDonough, Georgia on Thursday to ask for a cake with the American flag in black and white with a blue stripe added in.

But one of the employees at the bakery balked at the common police officer emblem, telling the woman “the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake,” she recounted to Starnes. When she asked for a simpler cake, with just one blue line on a chocolate background, the employee said she didn’t “feel comfortable” with that design either.

“I asked her, ‘Is there something wrong with cops?’” the woman recalled, according to Starnes.

The employee again refused to make the cake.

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A Walmart spokesperson said in a statement that the company regretted the incident, according to WTVM: “Our goal is to always take care of customers. But sometimes we misstep.”

In a post dated Sunday, Starnes wrote that the daughter took Walmart up on the offer to remake the cake. But the result “looked terrible,” the police officer’s daughter said. “It doesn’t look professional.”

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This really isn’t a place for debate. A customer had a request, they had money, and you refused to offer them service or process their order properly. How exactly is blue lives matter a racist slogan? Oh, now I remember—it’s not. Walmart still has some explaining to do. I can see how if a Neo-Nazi came in and demanded a Swastika on a cake, but this is far from that. It's not even in the same ballpark.

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