July 17, 2017 6:51 pm
Updated: July 17, 2017 6:54 pm

Walmart apologizes after N-word used by third-party vendor on website

In an Aug. 26, 2016 file photo, people walk in and out of a Walmart store, in Dallas.

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez

NEW YORK – Walmart is apologizing after a racial slur was used in a product description by a third-party vendor on its website.

The seller used the slur in reference to a hair cap.

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Walmart says it has removed the listing from its website and called it a “clear violation of our policy.” It said it was “appalled that this third-party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace.”

posted a picture of the offensive item on their Twitter feed.


It says it is investigating the seller to find out how it happened.

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Walmart has been trying hard to compete better with online leader Amazon, and now sells 50 million products on its site including those from third-party sellers. Though it has never shared the exact breakdown, Walmart.com has thousands of such vendors.

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