Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Walmart apologizes for 'truly horrible' back-to-school gun display

Walmart apologizes for 'truly horrible' back-to-school gun display

"We are working to identify the store involved".

"What's seen in this photograph would never be acceptable in our stores", the company said in a statement.

Leeanna May said she was at the Evansville Walmart early Wednesday morning with her husband near the sporting goods section, where May spotted what she described as the "disgusting" display.

The world's largest retailer said Friday an internal investigation determined without a doubt that the company was pranked when a photograph emerged on social media showing a sign reading "Own The School Year Like A Hero" atop a gun case in a store. Walmart, though, apparently has a different idea about what students should be bringing to school (and, for that matter, about what makes a person a hero).

The photo has been making the rounds on social media, drawing comments of outrage and mentions of school shootings. HOW tone deaf can a corp be?,' one Twitter user asked incredulously.

Walmart gun Twitter
Twitter

Walmart officials say they are still trying to figure out the store where the sign was posted. Did a customer move a sign for a joke?

Crowson wouldn't say what proof the company had: Was an image manipulated?

That tweet, though, wasn't the first time Walmart heard about the signage situation.

"We regret this situation and are looking into how it could have happened".

The retailer also drew fire past year before September 11 when a store in Panama City Beach, Florida used Coca-Cola products to build two towers signifying the World Trade Center. A NY church, for instance, petitioned in 2014 to have a shareholder vote on whether the company should sell products that "endanger public safety and well-being".

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