An ISIS cake? Walmart is doing some rampant backtracking this week after the retailer baked an ISIS cake – for the same fellow who was initially denied a cake decorated with Confederate flag frosting. A Louisiana man gave his local Walmart an order for a Confederate flag cake, along with the caption: “Heritage, Not Hate.” Bakers at the Walmart in Slidell, Louisiana, rebuffed the controversial cake design, but evidently knew nothing of the ISIS flag.
Writes ABC News: “A man in Louisiana is asking for an explanation from Walmart after his request for a Confederate flag cake at one of its bakeries was rejected, but a design with the ISIS flag was accepted. Chuck Netzhammer said he ordered the image of the Confederate flag… but the bakery denied his request, he said. At some point later, he ordered the image of the ISIS flag that represents the terrorist group.”
Walmart employees fell for the ruse, and Netzhammer got his cake, and ate it too.
“I went back yesterday and managed to get an ISIS battleflag printed. ISIS happens to be somebody who we’re fighting against right now who are killing our men and boys overseas and are beheading Christians,” Netzhammer said.
The Louisiana resident, holding an unfurled Confederate flag and sitting on his motorcycle, spoke about the incident in his YouTube video seen above, viewed well over 700,000 times.
He writes on the video’s “About” page:
WTF Walmart! ISIS is beheading Christians, selling little girls into slavery, and is currently a terrorist org at war with the United States, but you can’t buy the General Lee toy car at Walmart? It’s a damn shame.
Adds ABC News: “Last week, companies like Walmart, Amazon, Etsy and eBay announced that they were banning sales of Confederate flag merchandise in the wake of the shooting death of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, allegedly by a racist gunman who was seen in photos wearing the flag.”
A spokesperson for Walmart, John Forrest Ales, said the bakers had no idea that the cake they made was a representation of the ISIS flag.
“An associate in a local store did not know what the design meant and made a mistake. The cake should not have been made and we apologize,” Walmart said.
Ales also issued a mild rebuke against Netzhammer for setting up the bakery staff.
“It’s unfortunate one customer thought to take advantage of an associate who did not know the flag and its meaning,” Ales commented.
Netzhammer says he did it to make a point.
“Walmart, 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?” Netzhammer asks.
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