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Urban Outfitters controversial shot glasses and other products

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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.

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