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A ludicrously inappropriate "Got Retard?" mug appeared on both Walmart.com and Amazon, before parents of children with Down syndrome saw it and demanded its removal.

Dear Walmart - I'd like to kindly ask that you remove this product from your online store. As a parent of a child with...

Posted by Noah's Dad - Down Syndrome Awareness on Monday, December 12, 2016

Teresa Holiday, herself a mother to a child with Down syndrome, told FOX40 that "it might be a stupid mug to some people, but to us in the community, it's not. It strikes a nerve. It hurts."

Walmart and Amazon have both removed the product from their sites. Walmart explained that they themselves do not sell the mug, but the listing came from a third-party retailer allowed to post its own goods on their website.

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Said Walmart in a statement:

This item was offered through a Marketplace seller. It clearly violated our prohibited items policy and once it was brought to our attention, we quickly removed it from the Marketplace. We think it’s unacceptable a seller put it on the site in the first place.

The spokesperson also pointed to the fact that 24 million products live in their online marketplace. Whatever automated vetting procedure exists clearly failed.

Why this mug, actually sold by JM Holdings LLC—who also produce a "Got Hitler?" mug, even exists at all, is clearly the ultimate question here.