Walmart says gun-display back-to-school promotion was prank
Walmart says gun-display back-to-school promotion was prank
Piers Morgan Accuses Walmart of Selling Guns to Kids After Viral Photo
13 August, 2017, 01:38
The chain quickly determined the sign was in Evansville, Indiana-though there's a question about that now-and the sign apparently was quickly removed.
Images of a shocking and distasteful Walmart product display, which showcased firearms in the store's back-to-school section, have prompted the company to offer an apology to customers.
'Own the school year like a hero, ' the display sign reads.
Walmart started its own investigation of the incident Wednesday, after a photo of the display spread across Twitter. The company spokesperson also told the paper that though it's unclear if the sign was placed there by an employee or a shopper, the photo appears to be legitimate based on the way the store is configured.
The retail giant immediately launched an investigation into the image, believed to have been taken at a branch in IN, and apologised to hundreds of angry customers via their official twitter account.
Walmart, the largest seller of guns and ammunition in the U.S., said it was looking into whether the sign was placed there by mistake, or if it was done by a customer as prank.
"We have already lost so many innocent lives to guns", she said, adding that she made the immediate connection between guns and school shootings when she saw the display.
Charles Crowson, a spokesman for Walmart, told The Washington Post "What's seen in this photograph would never be acceptable in our stores". "... People don't seem to honestly care".
Walmart officials say they are still trying to figure out the store where the sign was posted. A photo showed boxes of stacked up to resemble the World Trade Center in what appeared to be an attempt to commemorate the September 11 attacks.
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