News 12 Westchester, October 21, 2019
Bed Bath & Beyond has removed black jack-o’-lanterns from sale after a News 12 investigation that stemmed from complaints in Nyack about the product.
A Halloween display in front of a law firm was taken down in Nyack because the jack-o’-lanterns upset some community members. The jack-o’-lanterns are painted black with a white mouth.
The reaction from some community members led the Feerick, Nugent, MacCartney Law Offices to take the pumpkins down less than 48 hours after setting them out on the porch.
Marzolla says the pumpkins, personalized with the names of each partner at the firm on South Broadway, were never meant to offend anyone.
Her associate, Alak Shah, says he didn’t think twice about the jack-o’-lanterns.
Local NAACP Director Wilbur Aldridge says it shows an “extreme lack of sensitivity.”
Though they have been removed, both attorneys say they wonder why the decorations didn’t raise flags at Bed Bath & Beyond, the store where they were purchased.
Bed Bath & Beyond apologized, saying that any offense was unintentional and that it “immediately removed” the pumpkins from sale.