Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Thoughts and Questions on Wal-Mart's Nazi T-Shirt Fiasco

Ok, so wal-mart made a mistake. Some buyer of their shirts bought a design that was done with some nazi logos on it. Obviously it was a bad move. I think it was most likely done out of ignorance. I didn't know the significance of the symbol, but clearly, many people do. And it's not surprising that it is offensive.

My question now is: Does wal-mart care? I wrote about this many many days ago and even got a response from someone who claimed to be from wal-mart that posted a comment, claiming they would remove the shirt. Ok.

The consumerist just had another post about it today. I'm assuming it is true. So now I am just feeling a bit disappointed. I mean, how hard is it to get a note out in a staff meeting or memo that there is a shirt that needs to be pulled from the shelves? And frankly, I've read and seen a ton about Wal-Mart's technology. Their ability to restock and track merchandise is top-notch. They do it in the space of a couple of days. How come they weren't able to track and remove this shirt?

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