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11/12/2014 02:32 pm ET Updated Nov 12, 2014

Dillards' Offensive 'Dear Santa' Sign In Girls' Section Asks For Slim Body, Fat Bank Account

A controversial "Dear Santa" sign sold at Dillard's offended shoppers and social media users after a customer in Florida discovered one of the signs in the girls' clothing section of the department store.

"Dear Santa," the sign reads, "This year please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don't mix those two up like you did last year. Thanks."

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The retail chain came under fire for the decorative sign -- which apparently was misplaced in the girls' section at a store in Wellington, Florida -- after a mom posted a photo of the sign on Facebook. Outrage exploded, with parents pointing out that the sign doesn't send the right message to young girls.

But parents aren't the only ones troubled. Kaylee Oh, a 20-year-old interviewed by local news outlet WPTV, said of the sign, "It makes me think that I should be very very focused on how I look and I should want to be thinner than I am and have more money than I do."

The sign was supposed to be in the home merchandise section with other "whimsical" signs, a store rep explained to USA Today. It was immediately removed, she said, and the item will no longer be sold at any of Dillard's nearly 300 stores.

Dr. Robyn Silverman, author of a book on girls' weight obsession, told Yahoo, “It’s time for retailers to stop making a joke out of women’s body image.”

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