Wal-Mart apologizes for turning down Confederate flag cake, baking an ISIS cake: We didn’t know any better

At Wal-Mart, ignorance is an excuse.

The Wal-Mart corporation has apologized on behalf of a local store in Louisiana that refused to bake a flag with a Confederate flag on it, but honored a request from the same man who asked for a cake decorated with the flag of the Islamic State.

Slidell, La., resident Chuck Netzhammer made the retail giant look like a giant fool Friday when he posted a YouTube video showing an ISIS flag cake he’d purchased at his local Wal-Mart. He also showed a rejection letter he’d received to his request for a Confederate flag decorated cake, with the inscription: “Heritage not hate.”

Nethammer asked on the video:

“Wal-Mart, can you please explain why you’re alienating Southern Americans with this trash that you allow to be sold at your store, while at the same point Confederate flag memorabilia is not allowed?”

Wal-Mart’s response?

Basically it was: We didn’t know any better.

“We made the decision to stop selling Confederate flag related items promoting the flag’s image,” Wal-Mart spokesman Randy Hargrove wrote in an email to the Daily Caller. “For that reason we did not make the cake.  [Netzhammer] brought in the other image of ISIS and really, what happened, was our associate didn’t recognize what that image was and what it meant or it wouldn’t have been made.”

Well, it might not come as a surprise a Wal-Mart cake decorator in Slidell, La., didn’t recognize an ISIS flag on sight. The Christian-hating terrorist group probably hasn’t made much of an inroad in the bayous (yet).

The associate pretty clearly recognized what the Confederate flag image was though.

As to “what it meant”? Netzhammer’s words specifically said, “heritage not hate.”

Wal-Mart has apparently decided it knows better.

But ignorance really is no excuse.

Check out Netzhammer’s video here.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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