Walmart have apologised for baking a cake resembling the ISIS flag, after an employee of the retail chain had previously refused to make a cake with a Confederate flag on it.
Chuck Netzhammer (which may be the most American name we’ve ever heard) went to a Walmart in Slidell, Louisiana last week to get a personalised cake featuring the controversial flag and the slogan “Heritage Not Hate”.
However, the retailer recently announced that it would not be selling any Confederate flag merchandise in the aftermath of the Charleston shooting, and refused his request.
In response, Netzhammer then placed an order for a different cake, featuring the black and white flag brandished by the Islamic State, aka ISIS. This time his request was accepted.
Speaking to ABC News, Netzhammer said:
I went back yesterday and managed to get an ISIS battle flag printed. ISIS happens to be somebody who we’re fighting against right now, who are killing our men and boys overseas and are beheading Christians.
In a statement, Walmart apologised for the error, explaining that the clerk in the bakery at the Louisiana store was unaware that the design was of the ISIS flag.
Our talented baker associates take pride in what they create for our customers, it’s unfortunate that one customer sought to take advantage of an associate who did not know the flag or its meaning. This cake should not have been made and we apologise for this mistake.
There has been renewed debate over the Confederate flag since the Charleston shooting on June 17, and companies including Walmart, eBay and Amazon have all stopped selling merchandise featuring the symbol.