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Walmart Canada apologizes for selling sweater of Santa doing cocaine

Walmart Canada faced a whole lot of backlash this weekend after people realized that one of its ugly Christmas sweaters reading "let it snow" was talking about a very different kind of snow.

The sweater depicts Santa — with suspiciously large pupils — happily sitting in front of a table that appears to have three lines of cocaine on it. In his hand, he holds what looks like a straw.

If the garment's image was at all open to other interpretation, the website's product description certainly clarifies its intended meaning, with lines (no pun intended) like "That's why Santa really likes to savour the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A Colombian snow."

The copy continues: "he packs it in perfect lines on his coffee table and then takes a big whiff."

The item is part of a line of provocatively humorous ugly Christmas sweaters that the retail giant is selling on behalf of third-party sellers like Urban Planet and FUN Wear.

Others include scenes of a pantsless Santa facing his lower half toward a fireplace, with the words "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" emblazoned around him.

One also shows Santa pointing to an elfy friend amid the words "when I think of you I touch my elf," while another portrays a surprised-looking Santa laying face (and pants) down on a table while an alien holds up what seems to be a probe.

Walmart Canada has since removed the controversial cocaine sweater, as well as a few others, from its online store.

It also issued a statement to media saying the sweaters "do not represent Walmart's values" and apologizing "for any unintended offence this may have caused." Unfortunately for the company, screenshots — especially viral ones — live online forever.

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