Walmart apologizes after slur used by third-party vendor

Walmart Apologizes After N-Word Used on Its Site to Describe Hair Product

Walmart is red-faced after being caught red-handed with a racist product description on its website.

The slur was found in a color description for a net cap meant for weaving. Instead of "brown", the site showed it as "n--brown". Pictures of the description spread across social media and on Monday prompted an apology from Walmart.

"We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace", said Danit Marquardt, director of corporate communications for Walmart. "The product has been removed and we're investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened". The item on the website was listed under a company named Jagazi Naturals.

Store officials have no idea if it was deliberate, meant to be a joke, or something a writer had used internally, never intending it to be published.

The merchandise, a Jagazi Natural full cap weaving net used for hair extensions, was being sold by a third party on Walmart.com for $7.28.

By Monday morning the term had also been removed from the details portion of the listing, and the item itself was no longer available. But according to the United Kingdom based Online Hair Extensions Store, someone falsely put their name behind the cap.

Many have slammed the corporations for hosting the item; however, Walmart's listing notes product information "is provided by manufacturers, suppliers and others, and has not been verified by us". People have often used our brand name to try and sell their fake products. We are feeling the pain here as well.

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