To me, the best part of Halloween is picking out my costume. Over the years I have been a variety of things, including a clown, Brittany Spears, and my personal favorite, a washing machine. Some costumes I made myself, but for many of them I got to go to the store and pick one out. It was awesome to stare down the aisle of the store and choose my “alter ego” for one night.
Walmart can be the go-to for everyone’s Halloween needs. They have the candy. They have the cookies. And they definitely have the costumes. A search for “Halloween Costume” on their site gave me more that 35,000 options. But Walmart made a big mistake this Monday, October 27th. One section of costumes was labeled “Fat Girl Costumes.” No one knows if this was some kind of joke or not, but if it was that is disgusting. The page was taken down around 11:00 that morning. The Walmart spokesperson said about the incident, “This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize. We are working to remove it as soon as possible and ensure this never happens again.”
The website Jezebel, who first reported the story, could only guess that it was a named used in categorizing the different pages of costumes, and someone just forgot to change in.
Seriously Walmart? I would like to know what the person was thinking when her or she put this page online. How can something like this slip through the cracks and go unnoticed. I mean proofreading is NOT that hard people!!!! This only deepens my hatred for Walmart, and I am sure I am not the only one who thinks this way. I would like to see if their Halloween sales decrease after this. I certainly would not buy my costume from here anymore.
Here is a video from ACB News with more information and some other big time blunders from companies:
Do you think Walmart’s apology was enough? Or should they be doing something else to try and make their image better?