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Forced To Apologize For A Christmas Sweater That Featured What Many Say Was Santa Doing Lines Of Cocaine

Walmart Canada pulled a Christmas sweater that features Santa Claus snorting cocaine off a coffee table with the accompanying slogan “let it snow.” The company also apologized, claiming it doesn’t align with their so-called values. The sweater made its way onto Walmart.com through a third party seller known as FUN Wear. The popularization of ironic ugly Christmas sweaters has also lead to raunchier more subversive ones that you can find all over the internet.

If you’re wondering what makes this one particularly offensive, well, it’s the description that centers around an old Latinx stereotype: the Colombian druglord. Some people found it funny, others wondered what was going on at Walmart. You can decide how you feel about this seller’s description of the sweater. 

Apparently, Santa Claus loves “Colombian snow.”

“We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America,” read the product description on Walmart’s website. “That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole.”

If I would have known Santa was fueled by cocaine instead of milk and cookies, maybe I would have gotten a Lamboghorni under the Christmas tree as the Lord Beyoncé clearly intended. 

“That’s why Santa really likes to savour the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow. He packs it in perfect lines on his coffee table and then takes a big whiff to smell the high-quality aroma of the snow,” it reads. 

Wow, this description is really funny if you love cocaine and think the Netflix TV series Narcos is historically accurate. The sweater went viral on social media garnering a polarizing response.

Colombia is threatening to sue Walmart for conflating the nation with cocaine.

According to the Washington Post, the National Agency for the Legal Defense of the State threatened to sue Walmart on behalf of Colombia. 

“The Walmart sweater is an offense to the country. It generates damage to the legal products of Colombia and damage to the country’s reputation,” agency director Camilo Gómez Alzate told El Tiempo. “Although Walmart apologized, the damage was done.” 

The agency is demanding Walmart indemnify and if the company doesn’t comply, it will move forward with legal proceedings. Gómez is demanding the chain sell and promote legal Colombian products and invest 10 times the amount they have spent marketing cocaine-related products. 

“Colombia must be respected,” Gómez said, according to El Tiempo. “What will the family of a person who died in the fight against drug trafficking feel when a firm like Walmart promotes a bag of cocaine from Colombia?”

Walmart pulls the shirt and issues an apology.

 Walmart, which once listed a shirt as N-word brown, and has been repeatedly accused of exploiting its employees for decades, said the cartoonish image of Santa recreationally using drugs did not align with their values. 

“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website. We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended offense this may have caused,” a spokesperson told Global News.

Walmart pulled other sweaters from the seller including one that reads “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Flame.” The image shows a bare butted Santa Claus warming his testicles by the fireplace.

Some of the FUN Wear sweaters were more offensive than others.

Another banned shirt from FUN Wear shows a different bare butted Santa about to get raped by an Alien holding a probe. Nothing rings in the season like rape jokes and casual homophobia. Personally, I just add the pumpkin spice blend from Trader Joe’s to everything when I want to get into the spirit.  

“Well, let’s just say if you’re going to zip around the world using flying reindeer to deliver gifts to millions of homes in a single night, you probably should expect some inquisitive aliens to eventually wonder how you can do it,” the description read. 

The situation screams for consumers to side with Team No One. While some of the shirts are actually offensive, critics would say Walmart has little high ground when it comes to moral values. 

“For more than two decades, the giant retailer has been at the center of controversies over its low wages, overtime pay abuses, meager employee benefits, gender discrimination, negative impact on small business, immense dealings with China, tax avoidance and much more,” according to the Corporate Research Project

Amazon, a company that paid zero dollars in federal taxes while you assuredly paid more is already selling a bootleg version.

Police Are Searching For Someone Who Left Tubes Of Bedbugs At A Walmart

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Police Are Searching For Someone Who Left Tubes Of Bedbugs At A Walmart

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As if we don’t have enough to worry about when going about our days, now we have to worry about bringing home bedbugs when we go out to shop. Or at least those that shop at a Pennsylvania Walmart.

Apparently, a customer left two pill boxes filled with bedbugs in the superstore in an attempt to infest the shopping giant. Obviously, this is a big deal and poses a risk to public health so the police are now investigating.

Police are investigating a bedbug infestation at a Pennsylvania Walmart.

A Walmart in Pennsylvania is facing a bedbug infestation after someone released the parasitic insects in a men’s changing room, state police said.

A manager at the store in Edinboro found a closed pill bottle with live bugs crawling inside and reported it to authorities Thursday, police said in a release. The bottle was found inside a boy’s jacket which was for sale.

We take this seriously and are looking into this,” a Walmart spokesperson told CNN. “We are fully cooperating with law enforcement on their investigation.”

On Friday, health safety company Ecolab confirmed that the insects were bedbugs. An Ecolab employee also reported seeing bedbugs crawling around the men’s changing rooms the same day, according to police. A Walmart employee later found a second closed pill bottle containing dead bedbugs in the men’s department, police said. Edinboro is in the northwest corner of the state, near Erie.

The situation is so serious that not only is Walmart closed to the public, authorities have sectioned off the entire entire.

“A third-party pest management service has visited the store and we are working with them to assess next steps,” the Walmart spokesperson said.

“In the meantime, we have blocked off the impacted area.”

State Police are investigating the matter and looking for the person or people responsible, they said.

A bedbug infestation is a nasty thing that’s difficult to fight.

Bedbugs are “small, flat, parasitic insects” that survive by feeding off the blood of people and animals as they sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They do not spread disease, but can leave itchy bite marks which may lead to an allergic reaction for some people.

While extremely small, bedbugs can live for months without feeding. Bedbug infestations are also very expensive to fight. Professional extermination of bedbugs typically costs $200 to $1,500 per room and often fails.

Bedbugs are present all over the world, but in recent years Europe, the US, Canada and Australia have witnessed a resurgence of the pests.

Bedbugs have been a staple of American life since the Mayflower. In 1926, infestations in hotels and apartments had become so common that experts couldn’t recall a time when they weren’t a problem. People hated being bitten in the night by these pesky bloodsuckers hiding in mattresses, but the bugs seemed impossible to wipe out.

Then everything changed in 1939, when a Swiss chemist named Paul Hermann Muller discovered the pesticide DDT, which proved stunningly effective at killing insects. For decades thereafter, DDT and other chemicals helped keep America’s homes and hotels bedbug-free.

But it didn’t last. Since 2000, a new strain of pesticide-resistant bedbugs has been popping up in the US. In 2009, there were 11,000 reported complaints in New York City alone. In New Jersey, a Rutgers study found, fully 1 in 8 low-income apartments had infestations, with bugs hiding in sofas, beds, and tiny cracks in the wall. Many residents don’t realize anything’s amiss until they wake up in the night with strange bites and rashes. By then, the unwelcome guests can be tough to get rid of.

We Found One Of The Ugliest Christmas Sweaters Of 2019: Red Lobster Dropped A Seafood-Themed Holiday Collection And Just Look At It

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We Found One Of The Ugliest Christmas Sweaters Of 2019: Red Lobster Dropped A Seafood-Themed Holiday Collection And Just Look At It

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Why would you give the special people in your life something they’ve seen before when you can give them unusual Christmas gifts. Rather than regular new cufflinks they might like a Red Lobster Biscuit sweater, complete with a fanny pack to store, well biscuits of course. Yup, you heard right, we’re not making this stuff up. This year, Red Lobster is selling holiday-themed merch and we’re not sure whether we love it or hate it. 

Red Lobster’s Christmas-themed collection includes an ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ with an insulated pouch —for stuffing biscuits in it.

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I don’t know about you, but for me, the holidays are all about wearing a cute, and a little eccentric outfits and of course, the food. Red Lobster gets it, and is therefore releasing all kinds of holiday-themed merch, the most notable of which is the Cheddar Bay Biscuit Sweater.

You read that right, Red Lobster opened an online shop for a limited time with all kinds of holiday merchandise.

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Red Lobster’s online pop-up shop is officially open for business. Not only can you pre-order the Cheddar Bay biscuit sweater, but there are also other holiday themed pieces to order. There are four different graphic t-shirts and a branded tumbler cup as well.

The Cheddar Bay Biscuit Holiday Sweater will set you back a mere $39.99. 

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The sweater is complete with an insulated pocket to hold your Cheddar Bay biscuits and keep them warm on-the-go —because, duh, the biscuits at the beginning of a Red Lobster feast are everyone’s favorites. Other pieces of clothing are emblazoned with fun sayings like the T-shirt that says “Cheddar Bay All Day” or “It’s Always Biscuit Season”—and we can’t say we don’t agree. 

As was to be expected, the lovely —and opinionated— people who inhabit Twitter, had some thoughts, and it looks like they’re just as conflicted as we are. 

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Twitter user Susan Davis went as far as to ask her followers what they thought about the ultimate ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater’ much to our surprise, out of the 239 voters who participated in her survey; 79% wanted her to buy the sweater. 

Others were perplexed, dumbfounded… confused, really.

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A lot of us are just confused as to what made Red Lobster believe we needed a seafood-themed Christmas sweater, but also, why do we want it so bad?

Wear your love of seafood on your sleeve, or on this case… in your pouch.

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All of the t-shirts retail for about $20 and the tumbler cup is selling for $9.99, so you can show your love of seafood without breaking the bank. The shirts have fun sayings like “Cheddar Bay All Day” and “It’s Always Biscuit Season” because, duh, the biscuits at the beginning of a Red Lobster feast are the best part!

You can also wear your appetite on your sleeve —or on your knit, if you will— with our very own food-inspired ‘ugly Christmas sweater’.

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If you thought Red Lobster would be the only one making food-inspired ugly Christmas sweater, then you my friend, were mistaken. The same store that brought you ‘Guacardo’, ‘Pan Dulce’ pins and ‘Chocolate Abuelita-scented’ candles; introduces the seasonal “All I Want For Christmas… Is More Tamales” sweatshirt. 

Do you want champurrado with that sweatshirt?

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Mitú Shop released a new, limited-edition range of holiday-inspired apparel. Including the ‘More Tamales’ sweatshirt, another that reads “All I want For Christmas Is Otro Plato,” featuring a bowl of delicious caldito. Can you call this an ugly Christmas sweater when it’s being totally honest? Let these sweaters keep you cozy throughout the holidays, while letting your family know what’s on your mind and in your heart…another plate of whatever is making your stomach happy. Porque, panza llena, corazón contento.

The Christmas collection is a nod of solidarity to all of us who grew up in Latinx households and who have to eat their weight in homemade food, each year. 

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Drawing inspiration from mamás and abuelas everywhere, the collection also features an apron emblazoned with the words “Reina De Los Tamales” because if the matriarch in charge of making tamales for your family each year, is not your Reina, then idk, your priorities are not straight. 

Serape Santa hats, anyone?

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Show off your Latinx roots even on Christmas! Just in time for the holidays, we bring to you the classic cone-shaped, fuzzily adorned, Santa hat. Except our Mitú shop hat has a twist to it. Made with the iconic Mexican serape woven print, this year you can boast your cultural heritage even on Christmas.