Home Depot will be pulling one of their Halloween decoration from their shelves after a customer complained that it was incredibly inappropriate, and made light of predatory behavior against women.
The decoration, called the Scary Peeper Creeper, costs $29.98, and features a full-sized human-like face wearing a dark, hooded jacket. The creepy head has its hands up near its face, making it look as though it is peeping through someone’s window.
The Halloween decoration’s description on Home Depot’s website reads:
“The Scary Peeper Creeper is a hanging window prop that can be hung inside or out of any window. Perfect for scaring friends and family during Halloween or any other time of the year. Hang facing out to freak out trick-or-treaters during Halloween or mount him facing in to scare unsuspecting guests at your Halloween party. Mounts easily to any widow with attached suction cup. High quality soft vinyl construction. Realistic face looks just like a real man is peering through the window at you. Packs easily away in a box until you are ready to scare again.”
The home renovation company even shared a video with instructions on how to hang the decoration, and then showed actual footage of a woman being scared when she walks into her bedroom and sees the fake man peeping into her bedroom. Watch the video below.
Breanne Hunt-Wells, a teacher and mother of two, saw the Halloween decoration at her local Home Depot in Markham, Ontario, and later contacted CBC News to complain about its inappropriateness.
“[The decoration is] inappropriate and makes light of a real-life, sinister issue that women face in our society,” she said. “I fail to see the humour in it. It makes light of a very serious crime. Voyeurism is a crime in Canada.” (Voyeurism is defined by Dictionary.com as “the practice of obtaining sexual gratification by looking at sexual objects or acts, especially secretively.”)
Following Hunt-Wells’ complaint, CBC News spoke to Home Depot, who agreed the Halloween decoration was inappropriate and not in line with their company values.
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“We agree that this is not in line with our core values, and when we heard, took immediate action and are currently in the process of removing this product from our assortment,” Home Depot spokeswoman Emily DiCarlo said. “We’ve reached out to advise the customer of our actions and apologize. We’re sorry for any offence that was caused.”
Although Home Depot is planning to remove the Scary Peeper Creeper from their shelves, Hunt-Wells said it never should have appeared in the stores in the first place. She is, however, satisfied with their attention towards their customers and their concerns.
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“I’m glad to see that Home Depot is responsive to change based on customer feedback,” she said. “I would say to people that say ‘it’s just a joke’ there are a lot of things in our society that have been just a joke over time. Racial jokes, cultural jokes. It takes some talking and thinking to realize that maybe we need to be more sensitive. The people that commit this crime are not harmless people.”
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