Christmas Tree Shops have pulled “offensive” shark-related merchandise from stores on Cape Cod after residents complained that the products were distasteful.
The Cape Cod Times reported that some shoppers believed the items, which included a kitchen towel featuring an image of a great white shark and the words, “Nice to Eat You,” mock shark attacks.
The company responded by pulling the products from all Cape Cod stores.
“We have removed these items from the Cape locations. It is never our intention to offend customers by our merchandise assortment,” Jessica Joyce, senior manager of public relations for Bed Bath & Beyond — Christmas Tree Shops’ parent company — told the Times in a statement.
The company’s Sandwich store sold t-shirts that read, “Come to the Shark Side of Cape Cod” and “Cape Cod, Massachusetts — Dangerous Summer — Shark Patrol” with images of sharks on them, the newspaper reported.
The Cape saw two shark attacks last summer.
In August, a New York man was seriously injured after being bitten at Long Nook Beach in Truro.
A month later, a Revere man was killed while surfing at Newcomb Hollow Beach in Wellfleet. It was the first fatal shark attack in the state since 1936.
Christmas Tree Shops have stores in Sagamore, Falmouth, West Dennis, Hyannis and Orleans.