Walmart is facing a potential law suit over a Christmas sweater that was advertised for sale on its Canadian website. The sweater features Santa Claus sitting behind a table with three lines of cocaine and the words: “Let it snow”.
The description on the website however, is what prompted a Colombian government agency to threaten the retail company with a law suit. It reads: “We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America. That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole. That’s why Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow”
The sweater was being sold by a third-party company called FUN wear. Despite the removal of the product along with an apology from Walmart, the Colombia’s National Agency for the Legal Defense feels that the damage has already been done.
In a statement obtained by Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, the agency’s director Camilo Gómez Alzate, said: “The Walmart sweater is an offense to the country. It generates damage to the legal products of Colombia and damage to the country’s reputation.”
The agency now demands that Walmart spend 10x the amount of money that it invested in cocaine-related products on the promotion of legal Colombium products. The exact amounts are unclear but the compensation that the Colombium government can potentially receive will be used to support family members of people that have been killed or injured in drug trafficking incidents.
Yall. Look at this description for this Christmas sweater from Walmart pic.twitter.com/lBdmKQ1JoZ— Jason John (@HurrbaSousJohn) December 7, 2019
“Colombia must be respected,” Gómez said, El Tiempo reported “What will the family of a person who died in the fight against drug trafficking feel when a firm like Walmart promotes a bag of cocaine from Colombia?”