Quebec-Based Structube Apologized For Naming Trash Bins Using Common Names Of Muslim Men

The apology comes after several social media users called out the company.
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Structube Apologized For Naming 2 Garbage Bins Using Common Names For Muslim Men

Quebec-based furniture retailer Structube has apologized for labelling trash bins using common names of Muslim men.

The apology comes after several social media users expressed outrage at the use of names Walid and Wassim for the two bins on the Structube website.

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Structube wishes to apologize to anyone who has been offended by this insensitive use of names.


"We recently posted some new garbage bins to our website using common names," Structube wrote on social media.

"It has been rightfully brought to our attention that naming garbage bins after anyone's name can be offensive, particularly if the name is suggestive of any ethnic, religious, or other minority group." 

"It was completely unintentional, and rest assured we will be more thoughtful when naming our products."

In response to some comments on Twitter, Structube explained that "the name of the products is chosen at random, often before knowing the specific details of each product, such as the color."

The bins are no longer visible under the names Walid and Wassim on the Structube website.

MTL Blog has reached out to Structube for additional information and will update this article when the company responds.

Thomas MacDonald
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Thomas is MTL Blog's Senior Editor. He lives in Saint-Henri and loves it so much that he named his cat after it. On weekdays, he's publishing stories, editing and helping to manage MTL Blog's team of amazing writers. His beats include the STM, provincial and municipal politics and Céline Dion. On weekends, you might run into him brunching at Greenspot, walking along the Lachine Canal or walking Henri the cat in Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier.
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