A Twitter user posted a photo of the mugs she saw in a Pick n Pay store in Observatory in Cape Town. One was inscribed with 'The Maid', the other with 'The Gardener'.
Twitter reacted saying these mugs were outrageous and tone deaf in a country with a history of apartheid where separate crockery was left outside for gardeners and domestic workers to use.
Pick n Pay tweeted a reply, thanking the user for alerting them and assuring the mugs would be removed from the franchisee'ss store. Pick n Pay tweeted 'We apologise for causing any offence by having these mugs in our store. The mugs were purchased and put on sale by one of our franchisees without our knowledge. We asked the franchisee to remove them immediately, which he has done.'
We can confirm that these mugs have been removed from the store, and are not stocked in any other Pick n Pay stores. Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.— Pick n Pay (@PicknPay) October 30, 2018
But some Twitter users seemed genuinely bewildered by the fuss...
How old are you...🤔🤔🤔— Kay (@KatlegoMalete) October 30, 2018
I'm asking a genuine question because I need to know the level of your reasoning capacity or the proximity you have to historic systematic oppression that happened.
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Pick n Pay tone deaf 'maids' and 'gardeners' mugs pulled from shelves