What could Amazon possibly have been thinking?
Amazon.com, the world’s biggest retailer, recently had some explaining to do after social media users spotted a vulgar anti-cop shirt for sale on the website.
The black shirt for sale had the phrase, “F*** The Police” on the front, in bold white letters that were decorated in red blood splatter, which is about as inappropriate as a shirt could possibly be.
Thousands of unhappy users voiced their displeasure with Amazon and used social media to launch an online boycott of the retailer until they agreed to take the listing down — which they did within a matter of hours.
“Since its boycott day, let’s start another with this crap: #boycottamazon ,” Twitter user @PoliceinFla said.
Twitter user Gwendolyn Marie posted a comparison picture that referenced Amazon’s immediate discontinuation of selling Confederate flag items, including shirts, after the tragic Charleston, South Carolina, church shooting that was carried out by a disturbed white man who had posed in pictures with the Confederate flag.
“Shame on @amazon #boycottamazon they need to apologize,” Marie said.
One user, Jason Moonen, asked Amazon why they allowed the shirt to be sold on the site. It’s important to note that Amazon, like eBay and other giant online marketplaces, are made up of thousands of different sellers who upload their products for sale.
However, Amazon still has stringent approval processes in place and they should have denied the listing from the start.