Home Depot is vowing to pull a product called the Scary Peeper Creeper from its shelves after a Canadian woman saw the decoration in a store and complained it was offensive and made a joke out of predatory behavior against women.
The decoration, which uses suction cups to mount outside of a window, features the full-sized head, face and hands of a man in a hood creepily peeking into a window. It costs $29, and the description said it’s "perfect for scaring friends and family during Halloween or any other time of the year."
The woman who contacted the store, Breanne Hunt-Wells, told CBC News that the decoration was "inappropriate and makes light of a real-life, sinister issue that women face in our society."
"I fail to see the humor in it," she said. "It makes light of a very serious crime. Voyeurism is a crime in Canada."
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Hunt-Wells, who is a teacher and mother of two, said she researched the issue of voyeurism after finding the decoration and found that it can often escalate into rape or assault.
“This is not a harmless crime,” she said.
Home Depot ultimately agreed to pull the product from its stores, and said it agrees with Hunt-Wells’ concerns.
“We agree that this is not in line with our core values,” spokeswoman Emily DiCarlo said, the Toronto Sun reported. “[We] are currently in the process of removing this product from our assortment. We've reached out to advise the customer of our actions and apologize. We're sorry for any [offense] that was caused."
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Hunt-Wells ultimately applauded the store’s decision, but added that the decoration shouldn’t have been on their shelves in the first place.
“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," she added. "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."