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Woman buys racist couch on accident
| Posted Apr 21st 2007 12:33PM by Jonathon Morgan
Filed under: Home style, On location
I love when new furniture arrives at the house. Especially if it's something big, like a sofa, it immediately, drastically changes the look of the room. (Hopefully in the way you'd intended!)
But it'd sure be a killjoy to find a tag on my stylish new dark brown couch describing the color as "n**** brown."
That's what happened to Doris Moore, a Canadian woman whose 7-year-old discovered the racial slur, and had to ask what it meant. Moore then complained to the furniture store, who in turn blamed the supplier, who blamed a computer problem as the source of the error.
Apparently an old version of the software used to translate Chinese into English on furniture labels, produces the N-word when someone types in the Chinese characters for "dark brown." It's since been correct, but the supplier hadn't purchased the most recent version.
Not only has this ruined the sofa for Moore and her family, but it's taking a toll on her social life. "I had friends over from St. Lucia yesterday and they wouldn't sit on the couch," she told the Associated Press. Understandably, she's upset, and wants to be compensated beyond the "oops, sorry" response she's getting from the companies involved.