Date
19 August 2017
Walmart removed from its online store a Halloween category called Fat Girl Costumes after receiving complaints from customers. Photo: Twitter
Walmart removed from its online store a Halloween category called Fat Girl Costumes after receiving complaints from customers. Photo: Twitter

Walmart says sorry for ‘fat girl costumes’ goof

American retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc. fired a flurry of apology tweets on Monday after netizens took it to task for what they said was an inappropriate category on its website.

Walmart’s online store featured a Halloween category called Fat Girl Costumes, which was a collection of clothes and accessories for the upcoming event that one would normally find in the plus-size women’s section, CNN reports.

The presence of the category was first reported by Jezebel, a blog on women’s interests owned by Gawker Media, which was alerted by a reader who stumbled upon it while looking for costumes, according to the report.

Then the complaints started pouring in, prompting the company to remove the category and send out multiple apologies for the mistake.

“This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize. We worked quickly to remove this,” Walmart tweeted.

The report said the category remained on the store’s website for a large part of the morning — “and long enough for multiple screen grabs”.

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