The very public fight between the “Black Lives Matter” activists and “Blue Lives Matter” supporters had come to a bizarre head in the form of a Walmart “cop cake.” The cake in question was reportedly supposed to be a retirement cake for a 25-year veteran of a Georgia police force. His daughter, who has declined to be publicly identified to protect her family’s privacy, says that she went to the McDonough, Georgia Walmart to order her dad’s retirement cop cake on September 22.
That’s when what she thought would be a smooth, easy, and everyday transaction turned into something political, divisive, and even (allegedly) racist.
As Todd Starnes reports, the woman in question claims that she took her Walmart cop cake order directly to the bakery, where she intended to specify the details she wanted incorporated into the cake’s decorations. She planned to come pick up the cop cake within the next few days.
Reportedly, nothing about the Walmart cop cake order went according to plan. The woman originally left the Walmart irate and cake-less.
According to the retiring officer’s daughter, the cop cake she had envisioned for her dad’s hard-earned retirement was a “thin blue line” cake. She reportedly told conservative activist Todd Starnes that she went to the Walmart with a photograph of the design she wanted to be recreated on her father’s cop cake. The photo was reportedly that of “the police officer’s flag,” which is the traditional American flag in black and white, featuring one thin blue line to represent police work.
It was then that the Walmart employee working in the store’s bakery reportedly refused to honor her wishes.
“The baker told me the blue line cake was racist.”
According to the Walmart customer, she was angry and shocked at the baker’s reaction to her cop cake request. Even so, given the current divisive and politically explosive nature of law enforcement in America, she tried to reach a compromise with the Walmart bakery staff over the cop cake she wanted for her dad’s retirement.
“I was so shocked. I didn’t know what to do or say or anything. I was trying not to lose my temper or make a scene.”
As an alternative to the police officer’s flag design she’d originally requested for the cop cake, the officer’s daughter said that she suggested that the bakery create a more simple, somehow “less offensive” cop cake. For her second choice, the customer says she asked the baker to simply frost a cake with chocolate icing and add a line of blue icing to represent the “thin blue line” created by police.
Once again, however, her request was turned down by the Walmart employee.
“One of the bakers told me the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake. She said, ‘I don’t feel comfortable doing this,'” the cop’s daughter told me. “I asked her, ‘Is there something wrong with cops?'”
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After the Walmart bakery employees repeatedly rejected her requests for a cop cake as being “racist,” the police officer’s daughter decided to take her business elsewhere. To her credit, she reportedly didn’t make a scene at the Walmart, nor did she even publicly complain about the bakery’s refusal to fulfill her order.
Her friends and family members, however, were reportedly less discreet. One or more of the woman’s relations/friends reportedly began telling the story of the failed Walmart cop cake on social media. When the news of the situation began to spread, the management of the Georgia Walmart got in touch with their disgruntled customer, a customer that has claimed to regularly drop hundreds of dollars at the store on a weekly basis.
According to the woman, she and her mom (the wife of the retiring police officer), soon got a phone call and an apology from the Walmart manager. The manager even tried to make reparations for the incident, an incident that the customer believes was disrespectful to law enforcement and insulting, by offering to make the cop cake for free.
He even reportedly offered the police officer’s disgruntled daughter a $50 gift card for her trouble.
Reportedly, the Walmart management team refused to confirm or deny whether their bakery employees called the cop cake “racist.”
“I can confirm an associate made a mistake that has since been corrected for the customer.”
In the end, the officer’s daughter opted to take the Walmart manager up on his offer to make the cop cake she’d requested; not the police officer’s flag version, but the thin blue line on chocolate icing version. However, that wasn’t the end of the woman’s unbelievable cop cake Walmart drama.
That’s because all three of the three professional cake decorators working at the Walmart bakery absolutely refused to make and/or decorate the cop cake. Ultimately, the store manager reportedly undertook the project himself. The results were subpar, as evidenced in a photo supplied by the customer in question.
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As you can see, the Walmart manager’s cake decorating skills were less than stellar, leaving the cop’s daughter with a final product she was not happy with at all. Insult to injury, if you will.
“So the manager told me that he would decorate it — but it looked terrible. It doesn’t look professional.”
Reportedly, the police officer’s retirement party was scheduled for Sunday, therefore his daughter didn’t have the time to seek out an alternative or replacement cop cake.
What do you think? Did Walmart handle the situation appropriately? Is the phrase “Blue Lives Matter” racist? Should employees have the right to refuse to make a cake that they deem personally or politically offensive? What are your thoughts regarding the Walmart cop cake situation?
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