Walmart Canada apologizes and pulls Christmas sweaters with Santa and cocaine

The retailer pulled the holiday-themed sweaters Saturday after they caused a stir with social media user

Walmart Canada apologizing after an ugly Christmas sweater raised some eyebrows.

The big-box retailer has allowed third-party sellers to sell their products on a portal called Walmart Marketplace, and the retailer has final say over what gets sold on the portal.

On the one that caused offense, Santa had something in his hand, with the words "LET IT SNOW" printed underneath him on the blue knitted top. The tagline underneath Santa: "Let it snow".

Vice reported that Fun Wear, the company credited with creating the illicit sweaters, also removed the item from its own online store.

"We all know how snow works. It's white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America", the sweater's description read before it was hastily withdrawn. That's bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole.

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".

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

The company did not answer questions on what kind of approval or vetting process Walmart uses for third-party sellers and their products, and whether the company would make any changes to prevent similar incidents in the future.

"He packs it in flawless lines on his coffee table and then takes a big whiff to smell the high quality aroma of the snow". Outside companies are permitted to sell items via the Walmart Marketplace, but Walmart does not appear to approve each individual item before it hits the website.

Earlier this month, Amazon removed several offensive items from its website after it was found selling Nazi concentration camp-themed Christmas ornaments. The phrase appeared on the main gates at Auschwitz, where at least 1.1 million people died during World War II.

The drug reference on this Ugly Christmas Sweater is fairly obvious.



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