Wal-Mart Slips Up With “Truly Horrible” Gun Display

[Wal-Mart gun display | Photo: Newmakers/Getty]
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The scholarly season’s close to beginning, and folks are hitting up their local Target, Meijer and Walgreens for the best deals on folders, writing utensils and paper. Of course Wal-Mart’s a staple, but oddly, their guns were mysteriously displayed as educational ammo:

[Source: Twitter/Anthony]

Upon sharing the picture, @OMGItsBirdman made light of the encounter. Obviously, like many shoppers might do, he dismissed it as customer hijinks—or an employee. (Let’s be realistic; who hasn’t seen seemingly mischievous kids lurking in a Wal-Mart?)

[Source: Twitter/Anthony]

However, Wal-Mart wasn’t feeling the comic relief:

[Source: Twitter/Wal-Mart]

Further, this wasn’t an isolated, Twitter exchange—there’s an entire thread…hehehe… While the location’s not 100 percent, the thread alludes to it being an Indiana (Evansville in particular) Wal-Mart. Nevertheless, the sign met an expedient end upon the commotion. Ultimately, Wal-Mart’s social-media manager had a hell of a day…

[Source: Twitter/Wal-Mart]
Down the line, the retail behemoth (which recently endured a separate snafu on its website when somebody used a racial slur to classify a color for one of their wig caps) conveyed itself as somewhat aloof and confused on what location had the sign issue. But really, what could they do to instantly remedy the tension—“roll back” more prices?

[Source: Twitter/Wal-Mart]

While @OMGItsBirdman takes the Twitter cup for the most hits (currently at 40,024 retweets & 87,026 likes and climbing), Wal-Mart told Mainstream Media they’ve yet to deduce who exactly was the initial poster. A company spokesman added they’re still in the dark on the prank’s artist—employee or customer. Either way, the mischief maker did a very convincing job in terms of adhering to Wal-Mart’s display specifications.

However, one Leanna May contacted Mainstream Media and claimed ownership of the photo—she snapped the shot in *drumroll* an Evansville (IN) store. She also felt the need to escalate the matter. “We have already lost so many innocent lives to guns,” May said. “… People don’t seem to honestly care.”

While other, media outlets contacted Wal-Mart, the company declined further inquiry. Their latest and official statement is as follows: “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.”

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