An employee with WFAA-TV cannot fathom why Walmart won’t print her engagement picture that shows a three-way with her fiancé and a rifle.
Stephanie Wehner was profiled, whether she wants to admit it or not.
She says the pictures of her with Mitch Strobl “depicts our love for each other, and I wanted to be able to display those at the reception.”
According to WFAA, Wehner submitted 13 photos with varying poses, lighting, and background.
“She came with the idea to take a creative picture where we include something that is important to us,” Strobl said.
Of the 13 photographs submitted, one included Mitch’s 12 gauge Ruger Red Label Shotgun.
He explains that this gun was the first that he had purchased himself and deemed it as his “go-to” gun for outdoor sport.
When Wehner arrived at the Walmart store to pick up the prints, she was told the photo with the firearm would not be released.
“She was very nice, but very matter-of-fact, like she was not going to budge or give me my photo,” Wehner said.
A slip of paper she received for the photos read: “MINUS ONE 5 X 7. NO WEAPONS.”
The clerk at the Walmart told the bride-to-be that it was the store’s policy.
They don’t print pictures of guns, because it would promote a “gang of culture.”
“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.
Since she brought it up, that’s exactly how black people feel every day.
He creates manuals for hunter safety and outdoor recreation for a living.
“I did that in this picture; I made sure the action was open… that is was a safe photograph,” he said.
As it happens, a Walmart representative explained 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.
And now the couple has a better understanding of profiling, although it’s possible they might not still get it.
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