Florida Walmart’s 9/11 Coke Display Sparks Outrage

PANAMA CITY, Fla. -- People are furious after pictures of a Florida Walmart's 9/11-themed Coke display began to circulate on Twitter Tuesday afternoon.

Twitter user Shawn Richard Tweeted a picture of the display, which presented Coke Zero in place of Ground Zero and spurred thousands of angry retweets about the beverage company's marketing ploy.

“We stopped and stared at it like, oh, my God,” Richard said, according to 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.”

Orlando Weekly reports the display has been taken down and that Walmart initially approved the design.

In less than two days, the post has more than 2,492 retweets and 4,114 likes.


  • tex watson

    If it was YOUR mother that was burned alive 100 stories in the air, you dumb shitbags would understand why its sickening.

    • Jason

      Really douchebag. Your such a weiner, maybe you should show some respect then if you knew someone you disgrace of an American

  • Get it together

    I think its absolutely beautiful and this country needs to show how strong we are! Wheres all the the signs of “We are United”

  • Valfreyja

    Gee, the largest mass murder on US soil being treated as a chance to push a brand name upsets people? YOU DON’T SAY!?

  • Curtis Yerger

    I don’t see how this is offensive. If it offends you then maybe you need to look at yourself and why you are offended. It was meant as a memorial and I think it was done quite nicely. People these days get offended by too many little things in life. Grow some thicker skin people.

  • heure

    I don’t see anything offensive about the display. It’s a tribute
    to remembering the tragic events as we approach Sept.11.
    Stop being so sensitive people. it’s not a good look on you.

  • Missy

    Seriously? Why are people so easily offended? Time for people to put their big boy/girl panties on and stop being so hurt by silly things! Whoever came up with the idea prob wanted to make sure people remember! Bunch of cry babies! *eye roll


    All of you ISIS supporters, Florida has nothing but METH HEADS, East Coast California, a bunch of Closet Prius!

  • natalie

    Again, the media….Wnep and others…making something bigger than what it really is…WHOEVER GOT OFFENDED BY THIS ARE TOTAL MORONS….it was done out of respect you idiots…go bark up another tree!

  • Kimberley Packer

    Oh my gosh. Are we to be offended about everything now? A patriotic display commemorating 9/11 and people are complaining because there might be profit dollars made? I applaud the display, but it won’t make me buy Coke. I just don’t like it.

  • rcarson79

    Alright I can see people thinking about the marketing ploy. I do not think Wal-Mart or Coca-Cola is doing it to make money, not that it wouldn’t help, I believe they are doing it to remember those we lost on 9/11/01. People should not be offended because a business wants to remember those who are lost to tragedy in our nation’s history. Always remember those we lost, and never forget those who have stood strong for us.

  • Eat Dirt

    How does this offend anyone? Never forget is just healthy American pride. You’re on the terrorist’s side if you oppose this. The familes who lost their loved ones don’t want to just sweep that day under the carpet either. Allow yourself some humility.

    • Bert

      In an age where we have forgotten good manners (read that as political correctness), everyone has to find something to open his/her mouth about.

  • Bill Hannick

    The using of one of the most cowardly acts ever committed anywhere in the world by extremists used to sell Coca Cola? And you don’t feel there is anything wrong with that?? We are a great country that forgets… and those in favor, I assure you, did not lose loved ones on 9/11…

    • Donna

      This is not showing disrespect. This is forming a display, for the 15th anniversary of the tragedy. Do you own any shirt or anything that says “never forget”? Sadly, people make money off these anniversaries, and people will always buy… To remember, to show everyone everywhere that we WILL NEVER FORGET!! It’s a display. That is all. Please stop assuming that people don’t care and don’t have feelings.

  • l8trg8tr

    I’m unclear as to why it would be considered offensive – it appears to be a corporate style tribute to the twin towers. Oh well, no accounting for common sense these days.

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