Age Discrimination: Teen Refused Sale of Weapon at Walmart
There are plenty of stories in the news on a daily basis about age discrimination against older Americans, often in the context of the workplace. It seems like every business is looking for ways to offload older generations to make way for millennials. This time the shoe is on the other foot — a teen is fighting Walmart over what she considers age discrimination.
Walmart, according to their new policy of refusing to sell long guns to anyone under 21 years of age, is flaunting the law. What’s different from previous issues with Walmart is that this time they’re getting called out in national forums for their virtue signaling.
As we’ve seen recently in the case with our favorite “Gun Girl,” Hannah Brumbles is another teen on a mission. The 18-year-old from Deer Island, Oregon, filed a complaint with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, who found that Walmart had indeed discriminated against Hannah by refusing to sell her a rifle — something that is legal in the state of Oregon. Two other teens also filed complaints, but they have since been withdrawn.
Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods and other retailers attempted to take what they considered the moral high road after the February mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Their pandering to the alt-left has cost them far more than just lost sales; Walmart is also losing in the court of public opinion.
In a stroke of brilliance, Hannah decided to ask for $135,000 in damages: exactly the amount that an Oregon baker was required to pay after refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple — also considered a case of discrimination. Walmart countered with a laughable $150 offer, plus a gag order so Hannah would be unable to speak about her ordeal. This discrimination case is not getting quite the same level of furor as the case of the wedding cake, but Hannah’s father notes that discrimination is found in both cases and should be handled appropriately.
Especially frustrating for Hannah and her family is the fact that the purchase of her first gun at the age of 18 is a family tradition. She has been hunting with family members since a very young age and is a passionate supporter of gun rights, training and the appropriate use of firearms. Unfortunately, Hannah was foiled from completing her purchase by a massive corporation attempting to put a moral spin on commerce.
While Walmart is not backing down from the confrontation, the parties are set for their hearing in November. While it is unlikely that Walmart will be forced to pay the entire amount requested by the Brumbles, it is a good possibility that they will be paying more than the slap-in-the-face $150 they offered to Hannah to settle.
~ Ready to Fire News