A Wal-Mart in Texas refused to print one bride’s engagement photo because it included her and her fiance posing with the first shotgun he had ever bought for himself, and the chain said printing the photo would “promote gang culture.”
Stephanie Wehner sent in 13 engagement photos online and planned to display them at the couple’s wedding this weekend, saying the photos depicted “our love for each other,” but when Wehner went to pick them up she encountered a problem that surprised her, WFAA reports.
The photo, shown below, was of her and fiance Mitch Strobl — and Strobl’s 12 gauge Ruger Red Label Shotgun.
The employee at the Central Expressway and Midpark Road location gave her 12 photos and a slip that read, “Minus one 5×7. No weapons.”
Wehner said the employee was polite, but very “matter of fact” that she was not giving her the photo with the gun.
“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.
Wehner’s fiance, who was holding the gun, writes and creates hunting safety manuals for a living.
“I did that in this picture; I made sure the action was open … that is was a safe photograph,” he said.
The couple is looking for another place to print the photo, though the store later clarified that the associate who helped Wehner was simply new, and that printing photos with firearms is not against its policy.