As an interesting exercise in logic, imagine a would-be robber pulling a gun and threatening employees at the local Walmart demanding the contents of a cash register or visualize a terrorist opening fire and taking hostages.

In each instance – and in many others, the employee wouldn’t think, wouldn’t hesitate, wouldn’t stop for moment, but would immediately dial 9-1-1 and ask for help.

They would do what we all do – call the police.

Within minutes, law enforcement would be on the scene, coming to the aid of innocent victims and bystanders, running toward the bad guys and facing the unknown danger.

That is a simple fact of the social contract we Americans enter into every day without thought.

Yet, in McDonough, Georgia, Walmart three employees refused point blank to decorate a sheet cake for a cop’s retirement party after 25-years on the job.

Three cake decorators deemed the design worked out by the cop’s daughter, which featured the “thin, blue line” idiom used to refer to law enforcement officers and the phrase “Blue Lives Matter” – racist.

“One of the bakers told me the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake,” the police officer’s daughter said. “I asked her, ‘Is there something wrong with cops?’”


Walmart’s corporate office admitted that the incident did occur, adding that the store’s manager took over the decorating duty himself after learning of the incident from a Facebook page and calling the family to apologize.

“He said he was so sorry,” the cop’s daughter said. “He offered to make the cake free of charge and he gave me a $50 gift card. So the manager told me that he would decorate it — but it looked terrible. It doesn’t look professional.”

The incident came at a time when race riots in Charlotte led to the looting of stores – including a Walmart.

Yes, that would be a Walmart where the employees dialed 9-1-1 for … help.


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