- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 21, 2020

A photo showing the Pepsi and Walmart logos on a banner promoting a COVID-19 testing site in Orlando sparked backlash Wednesday after some critics deemed it dystopian.

“What absolute dystopian hell world are we living in,” reads a now-viral tweet by user @Firr, who included a photo of the banner.

“COVID-19 TESTING SITE, NEAR WALMART #908,” the banner read, including PepsiCo’s tagline: “That’s what I like.”

A PepsiCo representative told HuffPost that the sign was an “unfortunate mistake.”

“This was an unfortunate mistake by one of our local sales associates that in trying to move with speed to get this important testing message up did not follow proper approval protocols,” PepsiCo said in a statement.



A Walmart spokeswoman said the sign had since been taken down.

“We know how important access to testing is in our local communities, and there was nothing negative intended by the banner,” she said. “The local teams were trying to raise awareness about the testing site in order to help more people in the community. As soon as we learned about them, it was taken down.”

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