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Kmart bans customers using religious words such as 'Jesus' or 'church' at its photo printing kiosks - but 'Islam' and 'Koran' get the all-clear

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 13/06/2019 Charlie Moore

Kmart photo printing kiosks (pictured) banned some words relating to religion due to a software error © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Kmart photo printing kiosks (pictured) banned some words relating to religion due to a software error Kmart has caused outrage after its photo printing kiosks banned some words relating to religion. 

Words such as Jesus, church and Bible used in captions were deemed to be profanities and replaced with asterisks.

The words Jewish and Allah were also banned but mosque, Islam and Koran were not.

It was not just religious words affected by the error, with the word Canadian also banned, reported the Daily Telegraph.

When customers tried to caption photos with the forbidden words, a message came up on the screen saying 'profanity has been detected in text and substituted with ****'. 

The kiosks are run by Kodak which recently installed software to detect profanities.

Kodak sales and marketing manager Gavin Wulfsohn said the list of profanities was wrong and would be fixed. 

a group of people standing in front of a store: A spokesman for the company said it was a system error and would be fixed. Pictured: A Sydney Kmart © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A spokesman for the company said it was a system error and would be fixed. Pictured: A Sydney Kmart A spokesman for Kmart said: 'We would like to sincerely apologise for this system error, which has been rectified overnight. It in no way reflects our views as a business. 

'At Kmart, we support diversity and inclusiveness irrespective of race, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, ability, appearance or attitude, and we want our teams and stores to reflect the communities in which we operate'.

The issue was discussed on Sunrise on Tuesday morning.

Presenter Sam Armytage said it was 'rubbish' that this was a system error and that Kmart was just covering itself.

But commentator Jane Caro said she was 'prepared to believe' it was an innocent mistake because of the bizarre selection of words which were banned.

'I suppose they were trying to prevent blasphemy and some people, not me, do use these words as swear words', she said. 

'I think it must have been a system error because there is no benefit for them to do this deliberately,' she added.

Some viewers were left convinced of a left-wing conspiracy to ban Christian words.

One named Dave Guinnett wrote: 'Someone in Kmart is a left wing Christian hating flog'. 

Another added: 'I just banned Kmart'.

But others noted that the word Allah was banned and insisted it was a 'genuine error'.   

BANNED WORDS 

Jesus

Church 

Christian 

Bible

Jewish

Allah

Canadian 

ACCEPTED WORDS 

Mosque

Islam 

Koran

Muhammed

   

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