A Walmart employee refused to print this couple’s engagement photo and claimed the photo promoted “gang violence.” But did it really?
Stephanie Wehner and her husband, Mitch Strobl, who were engaged at the time, posed for some engagement photos. They planned to put them up on display on their special day. So, they went to Walmart to print them out.
When the couple returned to pick up the photos, they were handed 12 of 13 prints with a statement that read: “MINUS ONE 5 X 7. NO WEAPONS.”
In the photo that was not printed, Mitch is posing with an open and unloaded 12-gauge Ruger Red Label shotgun over his shoulder, whilst Stephanie embraces him.
“She came with the idea to take a creative picture where we include something that is important to us,” Strobl told USA Today.
“It depicts our love for each other, and I wanted to be able to display those at the reception,” Stephanie added.
The employee attending them advised that she couldn’t print pictures of guns per store policy, and that the photo promoted “gang culture.”
Stephanie and Mitch were taken aback. “She was very nice, but very matter-of-fact, like she was not going to budge or give me my photo,” said Stephanie.
“To automatically to be lumped into that category of a gang… that hits a little close to home for us, because that isn’t our intent at all,” said Mitch.
The couple said that at worst they would go and print the photo elsewhere.
Later, a Walmart representative told them that the company has no policy against printing out pictures with firearms, and that “We had a new associate who was misinformed. Her actions are not consistent with our policy.”
Fortunately, Walmart printed the couple’s final photo and compensated them with free matting of all photos, in addition to chucking in a gift card.