Wal-Mart introduces a new color for wig caps.

Wal-Mart introduces a new color for wig caps.

Found the product page on Walmart's website:


It seems the item has been pulled, and they have manually changed the product name. If you scroll down in the description, Walmart has provided the following disclaimer:

While we aim to provide accurate product information, it is provided by manufacturers, suppliers and others, and has not been verified by us.

The error was on the manufacturer who posted it to Walmart's product page. Walmart intervened, removed the offensive language, and barred the product from their storefront.

I wonder how many people involved in this process have no job now

Then that gets transferred to Asia, who in turn, uses an outdated British source for their translations and that is how this happens. This is slightly related to Chinglish, except instead of using the wrong word, they are using an old source and an outdated word.

Man, someone is in serious shit for that. I'll bet they typed it in as a joke and completely forgot.

It genuinely was a common name for a colour for a long time, at least here in the UK. You'd see it on furniture and as a paint colour until around the 60s, maybe even 70s. It was deemed unacceptable decades ago, though still decades too late of course.

This... This sounds the correctest

It's real! Here's the archive :O

I wonder where that one is on the color wheel

Never feel bad for Walmart. They are a plague.

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They keep their employees about one hour under the limit that they would have to hit to get full time and benefits.

Then, they pay those employees so little that a good percentage of their employees are on welfare. To the tune of about 6.2 billion dollars. https://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/04/15/report-walmart-workers-cost-taxpayers-6-2-bi...

WE, the American taxpayers, are subsidizing walmart's payroll. Think about that for a minute.

Walmart is indeed a fucking plague.

They're not much better to their produce suppliers. http://joewo.com/WordPress/?p=9281

Couldn't be more correctful

This guy has the right of it. It sounds like the Chinese supplier is using really old translation software. This has happened before.

Wig cap wig cap wig cap, did we mention it's a wig cap

I used to work in product data, cleaning up information just like this in massive spreadsheets before it's posted on ecommerce sites for dropship fulfillment, and I would bet money that they had a massive file of thousands of items with this wig cap as one of several wig caps, and the (likely Asian, we mostly did business with Chinese suppliers) manufacturer had that in their data. To whoever made the 'color' bit, the n-word likely wasn't even a blip on their radar as 'racist'. It just was what the item was called.

Each 'item' in the ecommerce shop started as a single line in a spreadsheet that may have tens or hundreds of thousands of lines depending on the supplier and the file.

Of course, this right here is why while I was working on a file I kept a masterlist of find and replace words just to make sure nothing bad wiggled through. Even then though, things fall through the cracks.

I got fired from a security job once for a similar mistake

I was a dispatcher and in charge of sending out reports to property managers. The reports all have the guards names on them and we also had a chat program built into the computers in their cars that was tied into the report system as well so the name in the chat program was the same that went onto the reports

We had a guard who I had never met in person (only spoke with over radio/phone/etc) and one day there was an incident where some kids were throwing bread at him and he called for backup. Some of the other guards patrol legitimately dangerous ghettoes but he was in what was basically a gated community and he's calling for backup for some kids throwing bread at him.

We all gave him so much shit for it and his response was mostly holier than thou indignation as well as a rant about how kids today have no respect. His whole tirade prompted another guard to call him "corny" and I put two and two together and started calling him cornbread.

We mostly forgot about it for a few months until we hired a new guard and everybody wanted to regale him with the story of "Officer Cornbread"

Well, I thought it would be hilarious if I changed his name in the chat program to "Officer Cornbread" and honestly it was until I forgot to change it back and reports got sent out in the morning.

Turns out officer cornbread is a black guy and all of a sudden I'm a racist. An unemployed racist

Turns out, aside from the racism, I was actually pretty good at the job because they hired me back six months later. They called me out of the blue after three other dispatchers had quit. The pay was shit but I liked the hours and they didn't hassle me about having long hair and a beard and I could wear whatever I wanted

Couldn't have said it correctlier myself

Judging by the"cunt examination room" at the hospital near where I lived in Beijing, this is entirely possible.

I came to comments sure it couldn't possibly be real. I was mistaken.

It's just one of those foods that's always been stereotyped as a food that black people seem to love. Such as watermelon, fried chicken, or grape soda. It's not really accurate in any way and has no basis of truth. Still doesn't stop you from getting pinned as a racist for calling someone a name like "Officer Cornbread" without any context lol.

It says it was sold by Pixnor, who also apparently sell makeup, face massagers, nerf darts, and mustaches for babies

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You're welcome, Reddit is always here to correctialize incorrectiful information.

/sub/theydidthemath? I guess?

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That's really bad. I feel kind of sorry for Walmart if it wasn't their fault at all.

I don't have it anymore, but it was basically every slur you could think of, plus common misspellings of it, then all of them again with a space in front, a space in back, and basically any combination. Sometimes weird shit too, like 'AnalQueers' or something like that.

The tricky part was when a word could be okay sometimes, but not always. I can't remember exact examples, but think like 'ass'. It can also be in 'assist' or 'assassin' so you can't just blindly find and replace it.

So if we weren't looking to sell 'Ass Blaster Anal Pleasures' on a certain platform for whatever reason, I'd need to find that line and remove it before the data went up, but it might just be one line in a file that had 15 thousand various movie listings.

Also that bad bit in the OP is just the color, and often when you go through data for long enough, the information in brackets and such like that bleeds together. Usually it'll be something like (brn-wig-sml-002) so you often don't try to 'read' it. It just means 'small brown wigcap' and all the models likely have triple digit numbers.

Sorry, went off on a bit of a rant. This has been a peek into the life of a 'product data specialist'. It's riveting stuff.

That might be the best bit of Engrish I've ever heard.

No. hundreds of thousands of people depend on walmart and others like it for their livelihood and to treat workers this way, especially while receiving government subsidies, is unacceptable.

...doing the needful.

What a diverse inventory.

What does cornbread have to do with black people in particular? This makes no sense.

It's a translation issue. http://www.snopes.com/racial/business/sofa.asp

Almost as good as a sports stadium stand that used to be in Queensland.


With weaving net weaving.

That was an Asian with enough English skills to listen to rap but not enpugh cultural knowledge to know never to use that word.

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Given that WalMarts business model is almost literally "move your factory overseas so you can sell us shit for cheaper so we can cut prices on your goods or we will blacklist your company from all of our chains," very little of anything Walmart sells is made in the US.

We elected our president based on his love for our hobby.

Yeah, I guarantee that 0% of the wig caps at Walmart are being made in English speaking countries.

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Plot twist: they update it to "N-word brown"

What! African-Americans get cornbread too? God I'm from the north and love cornbread... The Native Americans should at least get cornbread since they taught the settlers how to grow maize.

I don't really know who assigns these stereotypes, but I want to send them a strongly worded letter.

My guess would be you have a chinese based company importing these into the US and have Walmart (like Amazon, Ebay, others) as a supply chain sales point. That person likely didn't quite understand the context of the N word and how bad is. Or maybe they did and didn't care.

The give away for me is the Alibaba type keyword description of the title.

Why are they a plague?

That's what Fox News would have you believe. Then you see all the elderly people working on their feet who should have retired years ago. Thanks Obama.

The Latin word for black is "niger" which explains a lot about European usage of the word and those similar to it.

That was a fantastic story. My mom used to describe things that were hokey or cheesy as being "cornbread". Wonder where Officer Cornbread is now.

"Hey, it's totally not racist-- you see, he was named after his favorite shoe polish that had a totally racist name."

How is UBI going to be paid for? Who decides what is "basic". Should ubi pay for basic living in places like SF or manhatten?

I doubt they have any actual inventory, just dropship random crap from China.

Man you Americans sure love firing people.

I feel like cornbread should be a derogatory term for white people. My initial assumption was that Officer Cornbread was white.

And yet the world could easily live without you and your hateful rhetoric.

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Why don't you have a look around next time you're in Walmart.

If you go at 2am, you might see students and young people putting freight away, but if you look at the bulk of the employees during the day, they're basically just a cross section of lowerclass americans.

Having worked there myself for a couple months when I was in college, I can tell you I was one of two people enrolled in college in the whole store. And when I quit, I asked them to place a big ol' DO NOT REHIRE stamp on my file. Sometimes bridges are better off burned. Fuck every last thing about walmart.

Was that an item fulfilled by walmart or one of the third parties they let sell stuff on their site now?

I would love to see your masterlist though.

This happens in Asia all the time.


its a staple of soul and southern food which are things coded as black.

So it would be like calling him officer fried chicken


Honestly. I'm a white guy who loves watermelon and cornbread, and mayo sucks. All I've got left is bland, tasteless whitebread. Oh, and crackers I guess. Crackers are okay I suppose.

We need some better stereotypes.

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You'd see it on furniture and as a paint colour until around the...

It was at that point I checked the name, fearing the worst, and assuming that a man was about to be broken in half.

I know right? I have always been disappointed with our stereotypes. Everyone needs new ones.

Can someone make a website where people can register stereotypes, for their own race only, and allow people of a similar race to vote on which ones they want? Allow the public to collectively denounce stereotypes by making a mockery of them online like we do with everything else that's ignorant.

The "racist food assumptions" category always makes me laugh because it just seems so inane. I mean, who doesn't like watermelon and cornbread and fried chicken? I get the connotation that's developed over the years, and I get that some dumbasses have tried to turn it into some kind of dopey insult, but southern food is delicious. I can't see how you can insult a person by assuming they like delicious food.

The vitriol and hate racists try to convey is disgusting, but trying to put someone on tilt by accusing them of liking watermelon is one of the weirdest insults in the world. I know we have a fucked up history with racism, but I feel like we should let this one go.

Looks like they changed it to something else


I have literally never heard of this before. And, as a semi-southern white person, I eat a lot of cornbread. So weird.

So what if as a white person you invite a black person to a picnic? "Hey, can I get you some.......salad?"

And, as late as 1973, The Times of London wrote of autumnal colours in a shade that “used to be ni**er brown.”

WTF Times of London? That's a bullshit endrun.

Mixed race southerner here. I didn't know "cornbread" was racist until I moved north. In the south, everyone eats cornbread. It's good like a motherfucker.

To be fair, most of Europe did not use the n-word the way it was used in the US. Back when I was a kid the n-word with 'eg' instead of 'igg' was a word people of any race could use to refer to black people, and it did not hold negative connotations. 'Chocolate balls' were called 'n-word balls' (They are delicious). There was even a female-specific version of the word. But, American culture bleeds into everything, and so because of America's history of extreme racial tensions we had to stop using the word in the rest of the world too. At this point, of course, only racists keep using it.

They probably just ported an archaic dictionary into their program. It meant dark back in the day.

Not true. The bud light, camouflage hat, can if dip, spit bottles, fishing wire, and encyclopedia of anthropology I got from Wal-Mart were all MERICA made

no one. A lot of that type of stuff is from alibaba and ali express so that particular product may have been pulled but I'm willing to bet no one got anything more than a hey don't do that in that Chinese manufacturing plant.

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classic Queensland.

The 3 people? Probably all of them have their job still.

Cornbread is generally a southern food and lots of black people live in the south. I'm (half)white though and my grandparents fucking love cornbread

For whatever its worth the company owners were foreigners who didn't really know a lot about the weird racial sensitivity we have (aside from the racism they experienced themselves) and the property managers that received the reports were black. The managers made some vague hints towards the Cornbread thing being racist and the company owners overreacted

What's funny was my direct manager was black and was most upset that I was fucking around with official documents rather than whatever racial implications there were. The company owners were the ones that ended up shitcanning me and they sent out a memo to other property managers as well as internally that racism wouldn't be tolerated

It simply meant dark, or darker than normal. Dark grey, dark pink, dark brown.

Looks like the manufacturers disagree, "N****R-BROWN!!! Really We woke up this morning to the news that someone has used our name JAGAZI to list an item. Please beware that we are reporting this to as many people as we can and trying to get all the listings pulled down. The real JAGAZI is a 100% black company for black people. People have often used our brand name to try and sell their fake products. Please be aware. Very sorry for all the distress this has caused. We are feeling the pain here as well. Most shocking!"

Fired from wal-mart? Probably nobody. If anything now some of the wal-mart tech budget is going to go toward word-filtering, they might even have hired an intern or two with the right buzzwords to explain their 4chan janitor posistion.

The dude at the whole-seller/distributor responsible for submitting/reviewing the language of the product description definitely got fired though.

one of those foods that's always been stereotyped as a food that black people seem to love

Basically, those are just foods that are popular in the South.

So there is some truth to those foods being popular among black Americans (only because many black American come from the South).

Close. You're thinking of "white bread".