Walmart scrambled to yank a stealthily offensive pro-recycling T-shirt from its stores after customers spotted a hidden swear word in the logo on display.
The shirt featured the letters ‘RE’ displayed next to the words “cycle,” “use,” “new,” and “think” — the first letters of those four words inadvertently spell out a vulgar word that refers to a woman’s anatomy.
“I need this shirt before Walmart realizes what they have done. Find the hidden word,” wrote a social media user, who shared a photo of the shirt.
I need this shirt before Walmart realizes what they have done.
Find the hidden word. pic.twitter.com/OtiWsFlk3c
— ƒℓαѕкѕ вєƒσяє тαѕкѕ (@whosurdaddienow) April 3, 2023
The $5 shirt was made by the Walmart-owned George fashion label and was available in Canada only, according to Newsweek, with the outlet further reporting that Walmart pulled the shirt after becoming aware of the controversy.
“This was not intentional, and the T-shirt has been removed,” a Walmart spokesperson said.
Those who think highly of their fellow man wanted odds on whether the designers knew what they were doing or not:
What’s the over/under that whoever designed that shirt knew exactly what they were doing?
— Dave’s not Indicted (@Daves_n0t_here) April 4, 2023
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter, including a sarcastic response noting that the shirt can only be worn on Tuesdays:
Did they trash the shirts or recycle them?
— Bill Podbutzky (@bill_podbutzky) April 10, 2023
Haha, my wife found em at our local Walmart pic.twitter.com/nmOSt52l15
— GreenhouseGrowz (@PushinPetunias) April 4, 2023
Noooooooo!!! I saw this post in an article about Walmart removing them. I want one!!
— Kitten (@Tigrika) April 11, 2023
— ƒℓαѕкѕ вєƒσяє тαѕкѕ (@whosurdaddienow) April 4, 2023
So THIS is why C U Next Tuesday was trending.
— The Nostalgic (@TheNostalgicCo) April 5, 2023
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