This couple’s engagement photo has been refused to print by one of the Walmart employee, claiming that the photo promotes “gang violence.”
Stephanie Wehner and her husband, Mitch Strobl, who were engaged at the time, posed for some engagement photos. They decided to put them up on display on their special day. So, they went to Walmart to print them out.
When the couple went to pick up the photos, they were handed 12 of 13 prints with a statement that read: “MINUS ONE 5 X 7. NO WEAPONS.”
The photo which 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 who attended them advised that she can’t print pictures of guns per store policy, and that the photo promotes “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 they will go to some other place and print them.
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.