Tuesday, March 27, 2007

FWIW, this is how fast a recall works at Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was not aware of the origins of the image when we stocked the t-shirt in question.
Respect for the individual is a core value of our company and we would never have placed this t-shirt on our shelves had we known the origin and significance of this emblem.

We immediately began pulling all t-shirts from the store shelves 11 weeks ago and have reached 99.5% compliance. Our records show that some 1100 shirts remain in the system, although we have issued a register restriction so the shirts cannot be purchased.

When we heard yesterday that some stores still had some of the shirts in inventory, we reissued the return-to-vendor directive. Our fashion merchandising team will reiterate the issue in their weekly video to stores.

Item: Here's something from the following week where a store hadn't even heard of the recall.


boyinthebands said...

Yikes -- I was going to play devil's advocate and give WM the benefit of doubt because I thought those might have been much-discussed "88" shirts, which unless you're in the know, doesn't seem to be the least Nazi.

After all, I had to look up that 420 means to some people.

But the totenskopf? Not so much.

ogre said...

Wal-Mart must be looking to mooch the GE tag line--"We bring good things to life."

PG said...

Actually, I would have had no idea that the skull image was associated with Nazism, so for some us it's still pretty obscure.

boyinthebands said...

Really, if I were a graphic designer for a clothing line, I would be careful with any emblem dealing with violence and death if there was a fear of public blowback.

So put more broadly, I can understand a misunderstanding with numbers -- and anyway 88 would be auspicious to a Chinese clientele -- but a defleshed, dead human head deserves a Googling.

But none of this speaks to my strong dislike for Walmart, so that'll be my last word on the.