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CB2 pulls ‘beggar wallet’ after complaints it was insensitive

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Updated: January 8, 2013 6:33AM

CB2, the younger hipper offshoot of Crate & Barrel, has pulled from its shelves a wallet that outraged shoppers for appearing to mock the homeless, according to media reports and company statements.

The “Lucky Beggar Wallet” listing on the CB2 website showed it looked like a crushed cup that New York coffee shops and panhandlers often use and said, “Street Fare. Inspired by the iconic blue and white coffee cup often seen in the hands of New York City panhandlers, this quirky wallet begs to be seen,” according to an online story at The Inquisitr.

The resulting outcry prompted CB2 President Marta Calle to issue a statement Tuesday saying the company “made a bad decision when we purchased this product. ... We apologize for the product and the insensitive language used in the description. We have pulled the product from our stores and our website.”

CB2, based in Chicago, also Tweeted the statement.

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