Urban Outfitters controversial shot glasses - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Urban Outfitters controversial shot glasses and other products

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Urban Outfitters sells a syringe shot shooter, a can cooler, a beer cozy that looks like a prescription bottle. I found them online and inside several urban outfitters stores in Manhattan. I even saw some kids checking them out.

This is why some people are upset with the Philadelphia-based company that caters to the hipster generation, and a younger crowd, with its edgy clothing and kitschy products.

"You have to have a sense of humor but I think that this goes one step beyond what it should," said Susan Ohanesian, the chief clinical officer of Daytop Village, a recovery center in Manhattan that helps many adolescents with drug and alcohol problems. "It's just not the message to be giving young kids when we have the prescription drug problem that we have today."

That spurred Rep. Hal Rodgers of Kentucky to send a letter to the CEO of Urban Outfitters, Richard Hayne, calling for these latest products to be removed from the store shelves. The letter reads in part, "For a company with sales of $2.79 billion in 2012 to trivialize the pain and suffering of those struggling with addiction is tasteless at best but irresponsible at worst."

This isn't the first time Urban Outfitters has taken heat for its products. In 2003 the company released a Monopoly parody called "Ghettopoly" and in 2006 it sold Christmas ornaments shaped as handguns.

We reached out to urban outfitters. So far, we haven't heard back. But we'll keep trying.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Outdoor basketball courts losing popularity

    Outdoor basketball courts losing popularity

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:35 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:35:16 GMT
    Believe it or not this, some say New York's outdoor basketball courts are a dying entity. Even Rucker Park in Harlem -- where Dr. J and countless others honed their skills -- used to be standing room only all times of the day. Now there's plenty of room to stand on most days.Basketball programs like one at Chelsea Piers are gaining popularity. That means the place to hoop it up for many appears to be indoors.
    Believe it or not this, some say New York's outdoor basketball courts are a dying entity. Even Rucker Park in Harlem -- where Dr. J and countless others honed their skills -- used to be standing room only all times of the day. Now there's plenty of room to stand on most days.Basketball programs like one at Chelsea Piers are gaining popularity. That means the place to hoop it up for many appears to be indoors.
  • Manhattan nursery school uses sanitizing machine to keep air clean

    Manhattan nursery school uses sanitizing machine to keep air clean

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-07-25 11:50:43 GMT
    All of us feel the same way about "cooties": Eww. At the Goddard School on the Upper West Side, a high-tech machine is keeping "cooties" out of the classroom. "This is the latest and then most effective sanitization method available today," says Bill Swan, the owner of the Goddard School. He purchased the ZONO Sanitech for his school about six months ago. The machine is the size of a double refrigerator and uses oxygen to kill viruses and bacteria.
    All of us feel the same way about "cooties": Eww. At the Goddard School on the Upper West Side, a high-tech machine is keeping "cooties" out of the classroom. "This is the latest and then most effective sanitization method available today," says Bill Swan, the owner of the Goddard School. He purchased the ZONO Sanitech for his school about six months ago. The machine is the size of a double refrigerator and uses oxygen to kill viruses and bacteria.
  • The Big Idea

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Making New York City more energy efficient

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:45 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:45:43 GMT
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
    More than half the population of New York City rides public transportation to work. No other metropolis in this country even approaches that percentage or the MTA's total number of riders. For that reason, New York likely ranks as the most energy-efficient city in the nation. But what would it take to make the city even more energy-efficient or even self-sufficient?
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices