A very, very racially offensive T-shirt was sold recently at a San Francisco-based custom design clothing company.
AOL reports that Teespring was started by two undergraduates six years ago, and it has made more than $300 million in sales in the time since.
There was apparently an egregious combination of key coding and human errors on the website, which resulted in the failure of the filtration system. As a result, it didn't catch offensive customizations. As such, a T-shirt with the message "Black Women Are Trash," allegedly designed by Twitter user @TrueCharter, was up for sale recently.
The company has made a public apology, in which it said the shirt "does not reflect our values or our views as an organization and it violates our company policies. Our team has removed these items from our site and we’re monitoring closely to take down any other products that violate our content guidelines," USA Today reports.
Brett Miller, director of seller success at Teespring, said the steps the business took to remove the offensive clothing were swift.
"Once we learned of the error we immediately took steps to remove all content in question and ban the offending seller from our platform. We have since fixed the issue," he said to USA Today.
Still, the damage has been done. Hopefully, the problem was thoroughly resolved and the updated coding is virtually foolproof so appalling content never falls through the cracks again.
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