Walmart pulls sweater from website that appears to show Santa doing cocaine

Clay Curtis
December 9, 2019

Walmart apologized for selling sweaters that appear to show Santa Claus with lines of cocaine.

One of the sweaters featured a wide-eyed Santa sitting in front of a table with three lines of a white substance and the words "let it snow". "It's white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America", the sweater's description read before it was hastily withdrawn.

Walmart said the sweater was sold online in Canada by a third-party vendor and has been removed.

The sweater, which was made by clothing company FUN Wear, is no longer available on Walmart's website. The Global News, a Canadian news group, first reported the apology.

Social media users poked fun at the product and Walmart's mishap on Twitter. It added "Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade-A, Colombian snow".

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The wool-polyester blend pullover immediately attracted widespread backlash and the retailer told ABC News in a statement that it has "removed these products from our marketplace". "We apologise for any unintended offence this may have caused".

Walmart offered another sweater by Urban Planet featuring Father Christmas with his trousers down.

Third-party sellers are able to make products available on Walmart Marketplace - a portal on which Walmart can approve sellers to use its website. Walmart declined to comment further on Sunday.

"Selling "Christmas ornaments" with images of Auschwitz does not seem appropriate". The phrase appeared on the main gates at Auschwitz, where at least 1.1 million people died during World War II. Amazon removed the products when the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted about them.

Christmas sweaters are seen in Walmart on Thanksgiving night ahead of Black Friday on November 28, 2019 in King of Prussia, United States.

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