Walmart Refuses to Sell ‘Sinful’ Purple Ribbon, Man Claims

Jon usually avoids shopping at Wal-Mart, but was blessed/cursed with a gift card. He wanted to buy some purple ribbon and use it to make a Mardi Gras chair. He claims Wal-Mart refused to sell him the ribbon for ‘moral’ reasons and escorted him out the store.

Quoting from memory, Jon says a Wal-Mart employee said, “Mardi Gras is about sex and debauchery! Women get raped in New Orleans!” as well as, “We feel that as a Christian Company it was inappropriate to carry things associated with morally corrupt themes.”

According to Jon, the Wal-Mart in question is the Liberty Wal-Mart Supercenter. Their phone number is (816) 792-4644.

A crafts department employee reached at that number said they indeed sold purple ribbon. A small roll can be had for $1.49.

The Wal-Mart [No-Coast Blog] (Thanks to Dave!)


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  1. PeteJayhawk says:

    Oh, dear lord…I have an acquaintance who is actually a manager at said Wal-Mart. Hooray for Missouri.

  2. Spr1dle says:

    That employee should visit some of the Wal-Marts here in New Orleans. They sell all sorts of Mardi Gras paraphernalia, from Mardi Gras polo shirts (containing all three Mardi Gras colors, purple, gold, and green) to King Cakes (each of which contains a plastic Baby Jesus inside).

    It’s really a shame that Mardi Gras has that kind of a reputation. Growing up in New Orleans, I had no idea that it was thought of as only a drunken orgy. If you stay out of the French Quarter, Mardi Gras is wholesome family fun.

  3. Kat2 says:

    Why did he feel the need to say he was going to use the purple ribbon for Mardi Gras decorations?