Giving new meaning to a shotgun wedding, a Walmart employee refused to print an engagement photo of a man and his fiancée because the soon-to-be groom was holding a shotgun over his shoulder.
In Texas, of all places.
Stephanie Wehner and Mitch Strobl submitted the photos to Walmart’s online photo lab for printing just days before their wedding, according to WFAA-TV. In one of the photos, Strobl is seen holding his prized 12-gauge Ruger Red Label over-and-under shotgun.
“She [Wehner] came up with the idea to take a creative picture where we include something that is important to us,” Strobl said of the unusual photo.
But the idea proved to be an unforgivable sin, according to a Walmart clerk.
When Wehner went to pick up the photos, she was told by an employee at a North Dallas Walmart that the photo with the shotgun would not be released. She was given a slip that read: “MINUS ONE 5 X 7. NO WEAPONS.”
Unfortunately for the Walmart employee, Wehner works at WFAA-TV — it’s likely the story would have gotten out regardless.
“She was very nice, but very matter-of-fact, like she was not going to budge or give me my photo,” Wehner said, explaining that the clerk said it was the store’s policy.
In a further effort to explain the policy, the clerk said the photo couldn’t be released because the image of the weapon would promote a “gang culture,” according to Wehmer.
“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,” Strobl said. Ironically, he creates manuals for hunter safety and outdoor recreation for a living.
As it turns out, it was all much ado about nothing.
A Walmart representative told WFAA-TV that there is no policy against printing out pictures with firearms.
“We had a new associate who was misinformed. Her actions are not consistent with our policy,” the spokesperson said.
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