UK stores apologise for 'mental patient' costumes
LONDON (AP) - Two British supermarket chains have apologized for selling Halloween costumes that made insensitive references to mental health issues.
Mental health groups condemned retailer Asda for offering an outfit including a blood-splattered straitjacket and a meat cleaver, labeled as "mental patient fancy dress costume."
Mr Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, said the costume was "breathtakingly insensitive" and would add to the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Asda, which is owned by US retail giant Wal-Mart, said on Thursday that it was "deeply sorry" and would be making a large donation to a mental health charity.