Groupon Issues Apology For Using N-Word To Sell Boots Online

Customers are leaving Groupon after a third-party vendor was caught on the discount online marketplace selling winter boots with help of a racial slur.

Screenshots from outraged customers began to surface online Wednesday, showing a listing for Women’s Fringed Suede Moccasin Boots with the color described as “Ni*ger Brown.” The offending shoes have since been removed from the site, though the Daily Beast reports that they were still available for purchase as recently as this month.

“We are appalled that this language was displayed on our site,” Groupon’s VP of Global Communications said in a statement. “This is completely unacceptable and violates our policies — to say nothing of our values. When made aware of the issue, we immediately removed the deal — as well as the third-party seller — from our marketplace. Language like this has no place on Groupon, and we’re further strengthening our self-service controls to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”