Wal-Mart is apologizing after one of its bakeries made an ISIS battle flag cake for a Louisiana man whose earlier request for a Confederate flag design was rejected.
Chuck Netzhammer posted a video to YouTube saying he ordered the Confederate flag cake with the words "heritage not hate" on Thursday at a Walmart in Slidell, Louisiana. But the store's bakery sent him a rejection letter for the design, writing "cannot do cake."
A few days later, Netzhammer, who was upset about the rejection, decided to see what would happen if he ordered a cake with an ISIS battle flag design.
"That's an ISIS battle flag cake that anybody can go buy at Walmart," Netzhammer says in the video, which shows the final product. "But you can't buy a Confederate flag toy, with like, say, a 'Dukes of Hazzards' car."
Netzhammer then asks Wal-Mart: "Can you please explain why you are alienating Southern Americans with this trash that you allow to be sold in your store?"
According to Wal-Mart, whoever made the cake didn't know what they were designing.
"An associate in a local store did not know what the design meant and made a mistake," a spokesman for Wal-Mart told ABC News. "The cake should not have been made and we apologize."
Following the mass shooting of nine black church-goers in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 17, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Etsy, eBay, and other companies announced they would no longer sale of the Confederate flag or products featuring its design.
"We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer," a Wal-Mart representative said last week when the ban was announced. "We have taken steps to remove all items promoting the Confederate flag from our assortment — whether in our stores or on our website."
The move followed South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol in Columbia.
Watch Netzhammer's YouTube video here:
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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