Walmart is under fire for using packages of soda cans as a tribute to 9/11 ahead of the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the US.
“We stopped and stared at it like, oh my god,” Richard told BuzzFeed News, which first reported on the display. “Nobody seemed to be noticing it, it wasn’t very crowded, and I got the feeling that it had just been assembled. So we took some pics and went on our way.”
A printed sign hung above the display advertising Walmart’s rollback prices for the soft drinks. Another sign hanging above the display read “We will never forget” with a photo of the twin towers and the logos for Walmart and Coca-Cola.
All of the sodas that were part of the display were Coca-Cola products. Walmart told Business Insider that the display was removed Wednesday afternoon. Coca-Cola did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The display was criticized on Twitter as insensitive and exploitive.
Is that real?! Dear God, tell me that isn’t real.
— Mary Ellen (@librarianatrix) September 7, 2016
Oh man, they have GOT to be kidding.
— Truly S. Resists ???? (@hotincleveland) September 7, 2016