A shot of the display1/2
A shot of the display
There are all kinds of ways to honor the memories of those lost during the Sept. 11 attacks, though stacking a bunch of soda boxes to look like a mock-up of the former World Trade Center is probably not the best approach.
A Wal-Mart shopper visiting Panama City, Florida, with his girlfriend reportedly noticed the sculpture Tuesday and took a pic that quickly went viral on Twitter.
Florida c'mon man pic.twitter.com/HU4y2rxgFG— Shawn (@online_shawn) September 6, 2016
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"We stopped and stared at it like, oh my god,” Shawn Richard, who took the photo, told BuzzFeed News. “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.”
According to the Orlando Weekly — which called the display “arguably one of the worst 9/11 tributes in 15 years” — the store quickly removed the offending memorial.
“This display was meant to honor local firefighters and to support their organization’s upcoming event,” Coca Cola told Buzzfeed News in a written statement. “We sincerely apologize that anyone was offended or misunderstood its intent, and we have replaced the display.”
Still, there have been bigger brand fails vis-a-vis 9/11 remembrance.