Crate & Barrel's spin-off store Pulls "Lucky Beggar Wallet" After Backlash

On Tuesday night, a major retailer ended the day with an apology to customers.

"We made a bad decision when we purchased this product," Marta Calle, CB2's President and Chief Merchant wrote in a statement to Yahoo! Shine. "We apologize for the product and the insensitive language used in its description. We have pulled the product from our stores and our website. Please accept our apologies for this lapse in judgment."

The insensitive product is no longer available at CB2, Crate and Barrel's younger, edgier spin-off: A coffee cup wallet.

It may seem innocuous at first glance, but several news outlets took offense when the wallet appeared in CB2's latest catalog.

First of all, there was the product's name: "The Lucky Beggar Wallet," a reference to the coffee cup's use as a method of gathering spare change.

Then there was the description: "Street Fare. Inspired by the iconic blue and white coffee cup often seen in the hands of New York City panhandlers, this quirky wallet begs to be seen."

At a time when a record number of New Yorkers are homeless, not everyone considers desperation and poverty quite so "quirky."

"If this wasn't marketed as a joke on homeless people, it would just be a wallet of a coffee cup. But that apparently just wasn't cutesy and cutting edge enough..."Collapse )