Wal-Mart apologizes for Terps shirts that mistake Mass. for Md.

WASHINGTON — If you saw University of Maryland shirts at Wal-Mart that seemed a bit odd, there’s a good explanation — the shirts mistook Massachusetts for Maryland.

Until Monday, customers could buy shirts that featured the word “Terps” over a not-terribly-accurate outline of Massachusetts.

The mess-up was first spotted on Twitter last year by a University of Maryland student.

More recently, another Twitterer included visual aids to point out Wal-Mart’s error, but the company’s tweet suggested the shirts were supposed to be that way.

Finally, on Monday another Wal-Mart employee tweeted an apology and said the shirts were being removed from stores.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Wal-Mart wrote, “We are working with Russell Athletic to determine how this happened and in the meantime are removing the shirt from our stores. We understand the pride Marylanders feel for the Terps, and apologize for the mistake.”

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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