The company has at times been pressured by shareholders about its gun sales
In this May 9, 2013, file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is forming a partnership with China’s largest online direct retailer, giving JD.com ownership of its Yihaodian marketplace platform assets, including the brand, website and app. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File), photo: AP/Jae C. Hong, File
11 of August 2017 19:54:31
LITTLE ROCK – Walmart is having all sorts of promotions for the back-to-school season, but selling firearms isn't one of them.The world's largest retailer said Friday an internal investigation determined without a doubt that the company was pranked when a photograph emerged on social media showing a sign reading "Own The School Year Like A Hero" atop a gun case in a store."We have definite proof it was a prank," Walmart spokesman Charles Crowson told a news agency on Friday evening.The photograph on social media included Walmart's superhero-themed, back-to-school promotion with a gun rack in a sporting goods section. Initially, the company apologized and said the sign was being taken down but then began to question whether it had been there at all.Crowson wouldn't say what proof the company had: Was an image manipulated? Did a customer move a sign for a joke? Did an employee deliberately or inadvertently place the "Own the School Year" sign on the wrong display?
KELLY P. KISSEL