The daughter of a police officer said she asked a metro Atlanta Wal-Mart to make a “Blue Lives Matter” cake for her father’s retirement party, but employees refused.
The woman said she asked for a cake decorated with a black and blue police flag last week for a party held Sunday, according to Rare.com, which is owned by the same parent company as The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A bakery employee at the Wal-Mart on Willow Lane in McDonough refused the woman’s request.
“One of the bakers told me the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake,” the woman told Fox News’ Todd Starnes, who broke the story.
She then asked for a black cake with a blue line through it. A bakery employee again refused.
“I asked her, ‘Is there something wrong with cops?’” the woman said.
The manager of the Wal-Mart, after hearing of her story, offered the woman a free cake and a $50 gift card. When bakery employees refused to comply with his orders, the store manager decorated the cake himself.
The woman said the results were “unprofessional” and she had no time to get another cake.
While Rare and Starnes did not identify the woman, Wal-Mart spokeswoman Leslee Wright acknowledged the “misstep” in a statement to The AJC.
“We have addressed this issue with everyone involved and are taking steps to make sure no other customers have this kind of experience in our stores,” Wright said. “We’re glad we were able to connect with the family to apologize and make this right.”