On Monday, potentially millions of people subscribed to Walmart’s official newsletter were greeted by the company calling them the N-word.
The subject reads the following: “Welcome to Walmart [n-word],” according to Click 2 Houston, part of KPRC, an NBC license TV station in Houston, Texas, reported.
Walmart has not disclosed how many customers may have received the racist email, but it was a trending topic on Twitter.
“We were shocked and appalled to see these offensive and unacceptable emails. We’re looking into our sign up process to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again,” Blakeman said.
Since May 22, the only recent tweet Walmart has made was regarding the #supermoon, which will not occur until June 24. This tone-deaf tweet has made some users question if Walmart’s official social media has been compromised as well.
Some who opened the email, especially those who identify as Black, said the email’s timing was suspicious considering that it happened on the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
“To think the world’s largest retailer could get hacked so easily and sent out some emails like that, it is a little unsettling,” Eric Hudson, one of many subscribers of Walmart, told Click 2 Houston.
“The actors likely acquired email addresses from an easily and freely available ‘dump’ from a historical third-party compromise,” Vikram Thakur, technical director at Symantec/NortonLifeLock, a Fortune 500 cybersecurity software and services company, told CNN.
On the positive side for Walmart, the company has been experiencing slow growth in business during the pandemic, according to the Motley Fool.