Pick n Pay tone deaf 'maids' and 'gardeners' mugs pulled from shelves

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.'

But some Twitter users seemed genuinely bewildered by the fuss...

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