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T.J. Maxx Pulls 'Hang Loose' Shirt With Noose Design After Backlash

03/18/2015 10:49 EDT | Updated 03/18/2015 10:59 EDT

Talk about a #majorfail.

T.J. Maxx pulled a t-shirt from stores after it received backlash online over the incredibly offensive design: a rope shaped as a noose paired with the phrase, "Hang Loose."

The image was brought to the world's attention after Twitter user @PsychoGF_ posted a photo of the shirt, which she says she found at a T.J. Maxx in Kissamee, Florida.

"It is absolutely sickening that @tjmaxx thinks it's okay to sell a shirt like this," she Tweeted.

The retailer replied to her Tweet and asked where the shirt -- made by California surf brand Tavik -- was spotted. They then quickly pulled it from T.J. Maxx stores.

Tavik also apologized on Twitter, saying the shirt would be pulled immediately from stores:

Naturally, other people weren't impressed by the shirt. Some were offended by the racial undertones of the noose -- a reference to lynching.

They were also disturbed by the image of suicide being used to sell clothing:

T.J. Maxx isn't the only retailer in recent memory to sell horribly offensive products. Last year, Urban Outfitters sold a t-shirt emblazoned with Kurt Cobain's suicide note and Sears was caught selling a Swastika ring.

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