by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
A recently engaged Texas couple who took their photos to WalMart were shocked when the chain refused to process one of the images., for an unbelievable reason.,
Stephanie Wehner and her fiancé Mitch Strobl, were thrilled about their upcoming wedding and wanted to document their courtship with a special, professional photo shoot. They wanted the pictures to be a “reflection of their personalities and interests” that they both shared, both individually and as a couple.
They planned to use some of the prints at their reception the following weekend. So, they dropped their SD card at their local Walmart store in Dallas.
But when Stephanie returned to the store to pick up the reprints she was dumbfounded by a message written on the envelope: “Minus one 5X7 (photo) No Weapons.”
The engaged couple was missing one special photo that was especially significant to them. Stephanie had the idea to pose with Mitch’s first 12-gauge shotgun that he had bought himself. It was his beloved ‘default’ gun for outdoor sport, but the retailer refused to print it.
To be missing that important photo was bad enough. But what added insult to injury was what the Walmart clerk was about to accuse the couple of doing.
Stephanie was shocked when the store employee told her the photo was against policy and promoted “gang culture,” according to WFAA.
Against policy? By a store that sells guns and ammo? And a gang?
Mitch told the news station that he and his soon-to-be wife had no affiliation with a gang or any criminal “culture” and explained their intention in taking the creative photo was not to condone that kind of behavior. Mitch even works creating manuals for hunter safety.
The couple considers the decision by Walmart to be an attack on the First Amendment. I would add that it is also a blow against the Second Amendment as well. And the assumption that guns = gangs is just preposterous and offensive.
UPDATE: A Walmart representative told News 8 that the chain has no policy against printing pictures containing firearms.
“We had a new associate who was misinformed. Her actions are not consistent with our policy,” the spokesperson said. Walmart also told [News 8] that it has reiterated policies with its employees at this store.
What do you think? Does any company or individual have the right to deny printing a photo based on personal or political opinions?