October 23, 2017

Back-to-school gun display at Walmart sparks outrage

12 August 2017, 01:00 | Casey Mitchell

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Leeanna May told the Post she took the photo and that she was in Evansville when she did it.

Crowson did confirm the "Own the school year like a hero" catchphrase is part of the company's back-to-school campaign this year.

"Charles Crowson, a spokesman for Walmart, told the BBC: "What's seen in this photograph would never be acceptable in our stores".

'We regret this situation and are looking into how it could have happened, ' the spokesperson added. Earlier Walmart said it had identified the location and had removed the sign.

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There seemed to be some confusion within the company's management, however, as Walmart initially identified a store in Evansville, Ind., as the source of the photographed display, Huff Post reported.

"It was never confirmed the sign was [at the store in Indiana], and it wasn't confirmed that this was the store in question", Mr. Crowson said.

Walmart has apologized for a display inside one of its stores that appeared to market firearms as back-to-school items.

May said that she made her concerns known to store employees but was unable to find a manager. "... People don't seem to honestly care".

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'Is this real? Literally...

'Seriously? I have no words...' read another. 'This was disgusting and we removed the sign as soon as we found out'.

Walmart officials say they are still trying to figure out the store where the sign was posted. Thanks again for alerting us to this'.

That tweet, though, wasn't the first time Walmart heard about the signage situation. Photos of it spread like wildfire on social media.

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Last September, a Walmart in Panama City Beach put up stacked boxes of Coca-Cola to resemble the World Trade Center in an apparent attempt to commemorate 9/11.

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